Vol. V, Laws     (Compiled from December 22, 1927 to June 29, 1938)

Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1941.

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Chapter 851
June 26, 1936.  | [S. J. Res. 177.] 49 Stat., 1984.

Joint Resolution To define the term of certain contracts with Indian tribes
Section 2

Margin Notes
Chap. 851 Indians. Certain contracts with attorneys, of indefinite term, etc., validated.
Chap. 851 R. S., sec. 2103, p. 367. U. S. C., p. 999.
Chap. 851 Provisos. Authority to cancel contracts.
Chap. 851 Terminated contracts not revived.
Sec. 2 Existing valid contracts with time limitation for completion of services not affected.

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Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any contracts or agreements heretofore approved by the Secretary of the Interior between the authorities of any tribe, band, or group of Indians and their attorneys for the prosecution of claims against the United States, which provide that such contracts or agreements shall run for a period of years therein specified, and as long thereafter as nay be required to complete the business therein provided for, or words of like import, or which provide that compensation for services rendered shall be on a quantum-meruit basis not to exceed a specified percentage, shall be deemed a sufficient compliance with section 2103 of the Revised Statutes (or section 81, title 25, United States Code): Provided, however, That nothing herein contained shall limit the power of the Secretary of the Interior, after due notice and hearing and for proper cause shown, to cancel any such contract or agreement: Provided further, That the provisions of this Act shall not be construed to revive any contract which has been terminated heretofore by lapse of time, operation of law, or by acts of the parties thereto.

SEC. 2.

Any existing valid contract heretofore made and approved pursuant to any Act of Congress by any tribe, band, or group of Indians with an attorney or attorneys for the rendition of services in the prosecution of claims against the United States under authority of which suit or suits have been filed, and which contains a limitation of time for the completion of the services to be performed may be continued in full force unless a subsequent contract dealing with the same subject matter has been made and approved.

Approved, June 26, 1936.

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