United States v. Anderson - 228 U.S. 52 (1913)


U.S. Supreme Court

United States v. Anderson, 228 U.S. 52 (1913)

United States v. Anderson

No. 705

Argued February 26, 1913

Decided April 7, 1913

228 U.S. 52

Syllabus

The prohibition in the Indian Appropriation Act of 1884, against sale of cattle purchased by the government for the Indians without the consent of the Secretary of the Interior relates to all cattle purchased by the government for Indians, and is not limited to such cattle as has been purchased from unexpended balances under another provision of the act.

The two provisions of the act above referred to are not interdependent.

Wholly distinct and nonrelated provisions of a general appropriation act should not be brought together and construed as one when such construction defeats the obvious purpose of the act and policy of the government declared in that and other acts.

189 F. 262 reversed.

The facts, which involve the construction of provisions in the Indian Appropriation Act of 1884 relative

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to sale of cattle purchased by the government for the Indians, are stated in the opinion.

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