Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1941.
|Chap. 254||Indians, Alaska.
Certain home rule, etc., provisions extended to.
48 Stat., 984, 988; ante, 378, 381. U.S.C., p. 1031.
|Chap. 254||Proviso. Groups not previously recognized as bands or tribes.|
|Chap. 254||48 Stat., 987, 988, 986; ante, 379, 381, 378.|
|Sec. 2||Designation of certain areas as Indian reservations.
23 Stat., 26; 26 Stat., 1101. U.S.C., p. 2131.
|Sec. 2||Provisos. Approval by residents.|
|Sec. 2||Vote requirements.|
|Sec. 2||Existing rights not affected.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That sections 1, 5, 7, 8, 15, 17, and 19 of the Act entitled “An Act to conserve and develop Indian lands and resources; to extend to Indians the right to form business and other organizations; to establish a credit system for Indians; to grant certain rights of home rule to Indians; to provide for vocational education for Indians; and for other purposes”, approved June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), shall hereafter apply to the Territory of Alaska: Provided, That groups of Indians in Alaska not heretofore recognized as bands or tribes, but having a common bond of occupation, or association, or residence within a well-defined neighborhood, community, or rural district, may organize to adopt constitutions and bylaws and to receive charters of incorporation and Federal loans under sections 16, 17, and 10 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984).
That the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to designate as an Indian reservation any area of land which has been reserved for the use and occupancy of Indians or Eskimos by section 8 of the Act of May 17, 1884 (23 Stat. 26), or by section 14 or section 15 of the Act of March 3, 1891 (26 Stat. 1101), or which has been heretofore reserved under any executive order and placed under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior or any bureau thereof, together with additional public lands adjacent thereto, within the Territory of Alaska, or any other public lands which are actually occupied by Indians or Eskimos within said Territory: Provided, That the designation by the Secretary of the Interior of any such area of land as a reservation shall be effective only upon its approval by the vote, by secret ballot, of a majority of the Indian or Eskimo residents thereof who vote at a special election duly called by the Secretary of the Interior upon thirty days’ notice: Provided, however, That in each instance the total vote cast shall not be less than 30 per centum of those entitled to vote: Provided further, That nothing herein contained shall affect any valid existing claim, location, or entry under the laws of the United States, whether for homestead, mineral, right-of-way, or other purpose whatsoever, or shall affect the rights of any such owner, claimant, locator, or entryman to the full use and enjoyment of the and so occupied.2
Approved, May 1, 1936.