Washington : Government Printing Office
|Public Law 91-627||Yakima Tribes. Non-members, inheritance. 25 U. S. C. 607.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 7 of the Act of August 9, 1946 (60 Stat. 968), is amended to read as follows:
"SEC. 7. (a) A person who is not an enrolled member of the Yakima Tribes with one-fourth degree or more blood of such tribes shall not be entitled to receive by devise or inheritance any interest in trust or restricted land within the Yakima Reservation or within the area ceded by the Treaty of June 9, 1855 (12 Stat. 1951), if, while the decedent's estate is pending before the Examiner of Inheritance, the Yakima Tribes pay to the Secretary of the Interior, in behalf of such person, the fair market value of such interest as determined by the Secretary of the Interior after appraisal. The interest for which payment is made shall be held by the Secretary in Trust for the Yakima Tribes.
"(b) On request of the Yakima Tribes the Examiner of Inheritance shall keep an estate pending for not less than two years from the date of decedent's death.
"(c) When a person who is prohibited by subsection (a) from acquiring any interest by devise or inheritance is a surviving spouse of the decedent, a life estate in one-half of the interest acquired by the Yakima Tribes shall, on the request of such spouse, be reserved for that spouse and the value of such life estate so reserved shall be reflected in the Secretary's appraisal under subsection (a)."
The provisions of section 7 of the Act of August 9, 1946, as amended by this Act, shall apply to all estates pending before the Examiner of Inheritance on the date of this Act, and to all future estates, but shall not apply to any estate heretofore closed.
Approved, December 31, 1970.