EXECUTIVE ORDER CREATING WALLOWA VALLEY RESERVE
"Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs," pp. 439-811. In U.S. House. 45th Congress, 3d Session. Report of the Secretary of the Interior, 1878 (H.Ex.Doc.1, Pt. 5, Vol. 1). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1879. (Serial Set 1850).
From: Executive Orders, Establishing, Enlarging or Reducing Indian Reservations, Also Restoring Certain Indian Reservations to the Public Domain, From May 14, 1855, to October 29, 1878, pp. 765-766. Wallowa Valley Reserve.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS,
June 9, 1873.
The above diagram [not included] is intended to show a proposed reservation for the roaming Nez PercÚ Indians in the Wallowa Valley, in the State of Oregon. Said proposed reservation is indicated on the diagram by red lines, and is described as follows, viz:
Commencing at the right bank of the mouth of Grande Ronde River; thence up Snake River to a point due east of the southeast corner of township No. 1 south of the base line of the surveys in Oregon, in range No. 46 east of the Willamette meridian; thence from said point due west to the west Fork of the Wallowa River; thence down said West Fork to its junction with the Wallowa River; thence down said river to its confluence with the Grande Ronde River; thence down the last-named river to the place of beginning.
I respectfully recommend that the President be requested to order that the lands comprised within the above-described limits be withheld from entry and settlements as public lands, and that the same be set apart as an Indian reservation, as indicated in my report to the department of this date.
EDWARD P. SMITH, Commissioner.
DEPARMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
June 11, 1873.
Respectfully presented to the President, with the recommendation that he make the order above proposed by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
C. DELANO, Secretary.
EXECUTIVE MANSION, June 16, 1873.
It is hereby ordered that the tract of country above described be withheld from entry and settlements as public lands, and that the same be set apart as a reservation for the roaming Nez PercÚ Indians, as recommended by the Secretary of the Interior and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
U. S. GRANT.