Mr. Romero to Mr. Olney.
Washington , March 1, 1897 .
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that a number of Yuma Indians, whose names appear in the annexed list of the Fort Yuma Reservation in California have crossed into Mexican territory and established themselves on the ranch called “Algodones,” situated in the territory of Lower California, and owned by Señor Don Guillermo Andrade, without the consent of the latter.
Mr. W. C. Hefferman, a superintendent in the Indian school service, informed Señor Andrade that the said Yuma Indians had quitted the territory of the United States because they did not like the present agent in the reservation, and because they did not wish to send their children to the school; but that in distributing the lands of the Fort [Page 389] Yuma Reservation among the Indians of that tribe those who are now on the Algodones ranch had made application for their share, which indicates that they purpose to keep their position in the United States.
In view of this Señor Andrade applied to the Government of Mexico, praying that the aforesaid Indians be expelled from his lands by force, and before giving orders to that end the Government of Mexico desires to know whether, in virtue of the jurisdiction which the Government of the United States exercises over the Indians, it could make them return to the Yuma Reservation, since in case this can not be done the Government of Mexico would have to use force to eject them from the lands they are unrightfully occupying.
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