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The Red River Boundary Controversy
imburse his losses from funds inuring to the Bass Petroleum
Company because of his prior claim to certain property allowed
that company by the government receiver.24
With the Court ruling against Testerman, his legal counsel,
Thomas P. Gore, turned to legislative channels to retrieve the
losses.25 Gore, former United States Senator from Oklahoma and
at that time a practicing attorney in Washington, persuaded his
friends in Congress to pass legislation authorizing the secretary
of the interior to adjust and determine the equitable claims of
citizens who had explored in the south half of the Red River be-
fore February 25, 1920.20 The Department of the Interior ruled
that ITesterman came within the terms of this legislation, and
Testerman received over $1ol,ooo for royalty losses.27
The Comanche-Kiowa-Apache Indian tribes of southwestern
Oklahoma had also joined in the boundary controversy soon after
the discovery of oil. At a council including all of the older mem-
bers of the tribes, the Indians drew up a statement in which they
claimed that the section containing the oil lands was within their
In 1865 the United States and the Comanche and Kiowa In-
dians signed a treaty which confined the two tribes to a large
reservation embracing the present panhandles of Oklahoma and
Texas as well as a large part of southwestern Oklahoma.20 Includ-
Public Lands, U. S. House of Representatives, on H. R. 12233 and H. R. .3475, Bills
Regarding the Leasing of Oil and Gas Lands in the Red River District, Oklahoma,
67th Cong., 4th Sess. (Washington, 1923), 374. See also Floyd E. Moore to Gore,
August 31, 1939 (MS., Thomas P. Gore Papers, Archives, University of Oklahoma
24United States Reports, CCLXV, 513.
2.Gore to C. H. Hyde, May 18, 1922 (Letter and telegram, C. H. Hyde Papers,
Archives, University of Oklahoma Library); W. N. Redwine to Gore, February 18,
192o (MS., W. N. Redwine Papers, Archives, University of Oklahoma Library).
26From a typed manuscript in the T. P. Gore clipping file, Daily Oklahoman
Library, Oklahoma City. Senate Bill No. 4197 was passed and approved in February
and March, 1923. See Congressional Record, 67th Cong., 4th Sess., 4806, 4818-482o,
4879, 56oo. See also United States Statutes at Large, XLII, 1448.
27Testerman was one of eighteen claimants who received a total of $2,141,898
under this legislation. Forty-six applications for reimbursement were rejected. Daily
Times, September 4, 1925; Daily Oklahoman, June 4, 1925; Oklahoma City Times,
September 4, 1925.
2SDaily Oklahoman, October 20, 1921.
s2George P. Sanger (ed.), United States Statutes at Large (Boston, 1868), XIV,
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