As a result of the General Allotment Act of 1887 – also known as the Dawes Act – reservation land was divided up and allotted to individual tribal members. When an allottee died, ownership was divided among the heirs, but the land itself was not physically divided. As a result, each Indian heir received an “undivided interest” in the land.
Moon Creek Corporation is comprised of heirs to land in Blue Lake, California. Deposited in the General Land Office of the United States May 10, 1893, and act of congress on February 28, 1891; over 150 years ago our allotment was assigned. Signed Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.
A supporter of Indian assimilation policies, Cleveland sought to integrate Indians into white society by means of education and private land ownership. During his second term, he signed the Indian Appropriations Act, officially opening unassigned land to white settlers.