Washington : Government Printing Office
|Public Law 86-505||Navajo and Hopi Tribes. Rehabilitation.|
|Public Law 86-505||Lands, disposition.|
|Sec. 2||25 U. S. C. 415.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 5 of the Act entitled "An Act to promote the rehabilitation of the Navajo and Hopi Tribes of Indians and a better utilization of the resources of the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations, and for other purposes", approved April 19, 1950 (64 Stat. 46; 25 U. S. C. 635), is amended by inserting "(a)" before the present text and by adding the following subsections (b) and (c):
"(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, land owned in fee simple by the Navajo Tribe may be leased, sold, or otherwise disposed of by the sole authority of the Navajo Tribal Council, in any manner that similar land in the State in which such land is situated may be leased, sold, or otherwise disposed of by private landowners, and such disposition shall create no liability on the part of the United States.
"(c) The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to transfer, upon request of the Navajo Tribal Council, to any corporation owned by the tribe and organized pursuant to State law, or to any municipal corporation organized under State law, legal title to or a leasehold interest in any unallotted lands held for the Navajo Indian Tribe, and thereafter the United States shall have no responsibility or liability for, but on request of the tribe shall render advice and assistance in, the management, use, or disposition of such lands."
The second sentence of section 1 of the Act of August 9, 1955 (69 Stat. 539), as amended by the Act of September 21, 1959 (73 Stat. 597), is amended by inserting after the words "Agua Caliente (Palm Springs) Reservation" the words "and on the Navajo Reservation".
Approved, June 11, 1960.