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The Act of August 23, 1842, was to adjudicate those cases left undetermined by the secretary of war and the commissioners. The Choctaw had to state their cases before the commissioner of Indian Affairs, then be approved by the final signing of the president before being given assigned scrip as Choctaw heads of families. Half of the scrip was given in Mississippi, with the other half given after Choctaw removal west. Scrip is legal only by original written instructions per heirs or Choctaw representatives.

 


Leo Pergson
Willows, CA