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|Public Law 91-416||Navajo Indian irrigation project. 43 U. S. C. 615ii-615yy.|
|Sec. 2||33 U. S. C. 466 note.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Act of June 13, 1962 (76 Stat. 96), is amended as follows:
(a) By deleting "and" in the first sentence of section 3 (a) immediately preceding "townships 27" and by inserting immediately preceding "New Mexico principal meridian", the following: "townships 26 and 27 north, range 11 west, and townships 24, 25, and 26 north, ranges 12 and 13 west,";
(b) By deleting "$135,000,000 (June 1961 prices)" in the first sentence of section 7 and substituting in lieu thereof "$206,000,000 (April 1970 prices)"; and
(c) By adding the following subsection to section 3:
"(d) Each permit that is in effect on lands declared to be held in trust for the Navajo Tribe pursuant to section 3 (a) of this Act shall continue in effect for the term thereof unless the land is needed for irrigation purposes, subject to regulations applicable to permits of Indian lands, and upon its expiration it shall only be renewed on an annual basis until the land is required for irrigation purposes. When, in the judgment of the Secretary of the Interior, such land is required for irrigation purposes, the Secretary shall notify the permittee and the permit shall be deemed to be canceled, with no right of appeal. The permittee shall be compensated by the Navajo Tribe for the reasonable value of any range improvements of a permanent nature placed on the lands under authority of a permit or agreement with the United States, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior. Amounts paid to the United States by the Navajo Tribe out of
tribal funds for the full appraised value of lands declared to be held in trust for the Navajo Tribe pursuant to section 3 (a) of this Act shall be reduced by the amount of compensation paid by the Navajo Tribe to permittees pursuant to this subsection."
The Navajo Indian irrigation project shall be operated in such manner that identifiable flows of water will not cause the project to be in violation of water quality standards promulgated pursuant to the Water Quality Act of 1965 (79 Stat. 903).
Approved, September 25, 1970.