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112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 292

To resolve the claims of the Bering Straits Native Corporation and the State of Alaska to land adjacent to Salmon Lake in the State of Alaska and to provide for the conveyance to the Bering Straits Native Corporation of certain other public land in partial satisfaction of the land entitlement of the Corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 4, 2011

Ms. MURKOWSKI (for herself and Mr. BEGICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To resolve the claims of the Bering Straits Native Corporation and the State of Alaska to land adjacent to Salmon Lake in the State of Alaska and to provide for the conveyance to the Bering Straits Native Corporation of certain other public land in partial satisfaction of the land entitlement of the Corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act'.

SEC. 2. PURPOSE.

    The purpose of this Act is to ratify the Salmon Lake Area Land Ownership Consolidation Agreement entered into by the United States, the State of Alaska, and the Bering Straits Native Corporation.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

      (1) AGREEMENT- The term `Agreement' means the document between the United States, the State, and the Bering Straits Native Corporation that--

        (A) is entitled the `Salmon Lake Area Land Ownership Consolidation Agreement';

        (B) had an initial effective date of July 18, 2007, which was extended until January 1, 2011, by agreement of the parties to the Agreement effective January 1, 2009; and

        (C) is on file with Department of the Interior, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate, and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives.

      (2) BERING STRAITS NATIVE CORPORATION- The term `Bering Straits Native Corporation' means an Alaskan Native Regional Corporation formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) for the Bering Straits region of the State.

      (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.

      (4) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Alaska.

SEC. 4. RATIFICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AGREEMENT.

    (a) In General- Subject to the provisions of this Act, Congress ratifies the Agreement.

    (b) Easements- The conveyance of land to the Bering Straits Native Corporation, as specified in the Agreement, shall include the reservation of the easements that--

      (1) are identified in Appendix E to the Agreement; and

      (2) were developed by the parties to the Agreement in accordance with section 17(b) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1616(b)).

    (c) Corrections- Beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, with the consent of the other parties to the Agreement, may only make typographical or clerical corrections to the Agreement and any exhibits to the Agreement.

    (d) Authorization- The Secretary shall carry out all actions required by the Agreement.

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