And whereas the principal chief of the said tribe has transmitted to me an act of the Creek national council entitled “An act to ratify and confirm an agreement between the United States and the Muscogee Nation of Indians of the Indian Territory” approved the 25th day of May, 1901, which contains a provision as follows:
That said agreement, amended, ratified and confirmed by the Congress of the United States, as set forth in said act of Congress approved March 1, 1901, is hereby accepted, ratified and confirmed on the part of the Muscogee Nation and on the part of the Muscogee or Creek tribe of Indians constituting said Nation, as provided in said act of Congress and as provided in the Constitution of said Nation, and the Principal Chief is hereby authorized to transmit this act of the National Council ratifying said agreement to the President of the United States as provided in said act of Congress.
And whereas paragraph thirty-six of said agreement contains a provision as follows:
This provision shall not take effect until after it shall have been separately and specifically approved by the Creek national council and by the Seminole general council; and if not approved by either, it shall fail altogether, and be eliminated from this agreement without impairing any other of its provisions.
And whereas there has been presented to me an act of the Creek national council entitled “An act to disapprove certain provisions, relating to Seminole citizens, in the agreement between the Muscogee Nation and the United States, ratified by Congress March 1, 1901,” approved the 25th day of May, 1901, by which the provisions of said paragraph thirty-six are specifically disapproved:
Now, therefore, I, William McKinley, President of the United States, do hereby declare said agreement, except paragraph thirty-six thereof, duly ratified and that all the provisions thereof, except said paragraph thirty-six which failed of ratification by the Creek national council, became law according to the terms thereof upon the 25th day of May, 1901.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this 25th day of June, A.D. 1901, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-fifth.
By the President:
DAVID J. HILL,
Acting Secretary of State.