INDIAN AFFAIRS: LAWS AND TREATIES

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Chapter 142
May 28, 1941 [H. R. 3987] |  [Public Law 83] 55 Stat. 209

AN ACT
To provide relief for, and to promote the interests of, the landowners on the Uintah Indian irrigation project, Utah, and for other purposes.
Section 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Margin Notes
Chap. 142 Uintah Indian irrigation project, Utah. Cancelation, etc., of certain charges.
25 U. S. C. §§ 389-389e.
Chap. 142 Proviso.
Sec. 2 Transfer of water rights.
Sec. 3 Transfer of operation, etc., of canal systems.
Sec. 4 Appropriation authorized.
Sec. 4 Operation and maintenance assessments.
Sec. 4 Proviso. Payment of owner's share.
Sec. 4 Reimbursements.
Sec. 4 48 Stat. 1227.
31 U. S. C. § 725c.
Sec. 5 210
Sec. 5 Liquidation of delinquent charges.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the action of the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to the authority contained in the Act of June 22, 1936 (49 Stat. 1803), in the cancelation, deferment, and adjustment of irrigation charges against lands within the Unitah Indian irrigation project, Utah, is hereby confirmed as follows:

(a) The cancelation of $283,170.73 of unpaid construction assessment obligations and $28,875.37 of unpaid operation and maintenance assessment obligations carried on the books of the project: Provided, That such cancelations applying to lands, the owners of which are indebted to the United States for operation and maintenance costs, shall become effective only upon the payment of the indebtedness dealt with in subsection (c) of this section.

(b) The deferment until December 1, 1943, of the collection of $61,983.16 expended in drainage operations on said project; and

(c) The requirement for contracts with landowners covering $19,230.72 accrued operation and maintenance assessments, such contracts to provide for the payment of these assessments over a period of years.

SEC. 2.

The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to transfer water rights, with the consent of the interested parties, to other lands under said project and to make necessary contracts to effectuate such transfers.

SEC. 3.

The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to make contracts transferring the operation and maintenance of any canal system or systems under the said project to an irrigation district, or districts, formed pursuant to State law.

SEC. 4.

There is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $5,682.59 for the following purposes:

(a) To pay, for a period of not to exceed five years following the passage of this Act (not to exceed $1,000 in any one year), 34 per centum of the regular annual operation and maintenance assessments for class 4 lands in non-Indian ownership under the Redcap, Leland,

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and Henry Jim Canals, and 90 per centum of such charges for class 5 lands in non-Indian ownership under said canals, $5,000: Provided, That no part of any money appropriated pursuant to this authorization shall be expended unless and until the owners of such lands shall have paid in full their respective shares of such assessments and shall have entered into an agreement with the Secretary of the Interior for the execution of soil rehabilitation programs on such lands; and

(b) To reimburse certain individuals, or their heirs, for payments made covering lands erroneously assessed for irrigation purposes, $682.59, which amount shall be payable from collections made from water users on this project and covered into the Treasury pursuant to section 4 of the Permanent Appropriation Repeal Act of 1934.

SEC. 5.

In order to prevent the accumulation of delinquent project assessments or other charges against the non-Indian owned lands of the Uintah Indian irrigation project, the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and directed to cause liquidation of all delinquent assessments or charges by taking such action as may be necessary, including the foreclosure of the Government's lien covering any such delinquent charges or by initiating such other procedure as may be legally available, which action may be taken by him at any time when in his judgment the best interests of the project would be served.

Approved, May 28, 1941.


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