The first serious attempt in the United States Congress to delist Platt National Park and turn the property over to the State of Oklahoma occurred in 1910. This resolution by the Oklahoma Senate is clearly in reaction to that effort.
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 3
A RESOLUTION by which the state disclaims any right, title or interest in and to the lands now embraced in what is known as Platt National Park adjoining the city of Sulphur, Murray county, Oklahoma, and declaring an emergency.
WHEREAS, Under the provisions of an act of Congress of the United States entitled "An Act to ratify and confirm an agreement with the Choctaw and Chickasaw Tribes of Indians and for other purposes," approved July 1, 1902, certain lands in Chickasaw Nation were reserved from allotment, and provisions made for the payment to the Indian Tribe therefor by the United States government at the rate of twenty dollars per acre, and which said lands have been reserved, maintained and used as a pleasure resort, commonly known as Platt National Park, situated in Murray county; and
WHEREAS, It is expressed in said act of Congress that it is the intention that the lands mentioned should in the future be conveyed by the United States government to such territorial or state organization as may exist when such conveyance is made; and
WHEREAS, The Secretary of the Interior has construed said last named provision as casting a cloud upon the title of the United States government to said lands, and has recommended that no appropriation be made for said lands as a pleasure resort by reason of the cloud on the title thereto; therefore
Be It Resolved, By the People of the State of Oklahoma:
Section 1. That the state does hereby disclaim any right, title or interest in and to the lands now embraced in what is known as Platt National Park adjoining the city of Sulphur, in the county of Murray.
Section 2. That the Congress of the United States is requested and memorialized to make a suitable appropriation to maintain, preserve, protect and care for said lands for the purposes of a public pleasure resort as heretofore.
Section 3. For the preservation of the public peace, health and safety an emergency is hereby declared to exist by reason whereof this resolution shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval.
Adopted by the Senate January 18, 1911.
Passed by the House of Representatives January 25, 1911.
Approved January 27th, 1911.
Last updated: February 24, 2015