S 676

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 676

To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 30, 2011

Mr. AKAKA (for himself, Mr. CONRAD, Mr. FRANKEN, Mr. INOUYE, Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota, Mr. KERRY, Mr. TESTER, and Mr. UDALL of New Mexico) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs


A BILL

To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes.

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

SECTION 1. MODIFICATION OF DEFINITION.

    (a) Modification-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The first sentence of section 19 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (commonly known as the `Indian Reorganization Act') (25 U.S.C. 479), is amended--

        (A) by striking `The term' and inserting `Effective beginning on June 18, 1934, the term'; and

        (B) by striking `any recognized Indian tribe now under Federal jurisdiction' and inserting `any federally recognized Indian tribe'.

      (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall take effect as if included in the Act of June 18, 1934 (commonly known as the `Indian Reorganization Act') (25 U.S.C. 479), on the date of enactment of that Act.

    (b) Ratification and Confirmation of Prior Actions- Any action taken by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the Act of June 18, 1934 (commonly known as the `Indian Reorganization Act') (25 U.S.C. 461 et seq.), for any Indian tribe that was federally recognized on the date of that action is ratified and confirmed, to the extent that the action is challenged based on the question of whether the Indian tribe was federally recognized or under Federal jurisdiction on June 18, 1934, as if the action had, by prior act of Congress, been specifically authorized and directed.

    (c) Effect on Other Laws-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Nothing in this Act or the amendments made by this Act affects--

        (A) the application or effect of any Federal law other than the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 461 et seq.) (as amended by subsection (a)); or

        (B) any limitation on the authority of the Secretary of the Interior under any Federal law or regulation other than the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 461 et seq.) (as so amended).

      (2) REFERENCES IN OTHER LAWS- An express reference to the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 461 et seq.), contained in any other Federal law shall be considered to be a reference to that Act as amended by subsection (a).

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