Mr. Sherman to Mr. Romero.
Washington , May 19, 1897 .
Sir: In connection with the Department’s note of March 5, last in reply to yours of the 1st of the same month, touching the alleged illegal occupancy of certain lands in Lower California, owned by Señor Don Guillermo Andrade, by a number of Indians said to belong to the Yuma Reservation, and the desire of the Mexican Government to have them removed to the United States, I have the honor to inclose herewith copy of a report of the Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior, to whom the matter had been referred for investigation.
It will be seen therefrom that the case does not come within the purview of the provisions of the extradition treaty of 1861, and that no demand on the part of this Government for the return of these absentee Indians seems warrantable, unless they are charged with some crime, as provided in said treaty. On the other hand, if the Government of Mexico insists upon removing them from its territory, this Government will be prepared to receive them in the manner suggested in the report of the Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and will make every proper and lawful effort to induce them to remain within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
I avail myself, etc.,