Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act

Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act

The Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of 1936, also known as the Thomas-Rogers Act, is a United States federal law that extended the US Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. It sought to return some form of tribal government to the many tribes in former Indian Territory. This act extended the law to include those tribes within the boundaries of the state of Oklahoma whose territory had been divided up by a series of land allotments known as the Oklahoma "land runs".

Major points of the act

  • United States Secretary of the Interior is authorized to obtain good lands (including Indian lands) to be held in trust for the Indians.
  • Where Indian lands are sold, the Secretary of the Interior shall show preference to obtain those lands for the use by Native Americans.
  • Any tribe residing within Oklahoma shall have the right to self-determination, including the right to make their own bylaws.

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