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The Commissioners of the Land Office are constitutionally charged to manage Land Office trust assets for the benefit and support of public education. As a condition of joining the Union as its forty-sixth state, the federal government in the Enabling Act of 1906 required the Commissioners to enter into an irrevocable compact whereby certain federally donated lands within Oklahoma and the sum of five million federal dollars received would be placed in trust for the benefit and support of present and future public education recipients within the state. The compact provides that the lands and investments made are to be used solely to support public education and cannot be applied for any other purpose. In 1907, the people of the State of Oklahoma agreed to the federal trust requirements, as reflected in our state constitution solemnly promising to administer the trust assets as charged by Congress.