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Chapter 552
August 7, 1939 [H. R. 2738] |  [Public, No. 325] 53 Stat. 1252

Providing for the disposition of certain Klamath Indian tribal funds.
Section 2 | 3

Margin Notes
Chap. 552 Klamath Indians, Oreg. Pro rata distribution of judgment fund for purposes designated.
Chap. 552 52 Stat. 1156.
Chap. 552 Purchase, etc., of lands. Repayment of loans.
Chap. 552 Farming equipment and supplies.
Chap. 552 Provisos. Maintenance of aged, infirm, etc., members.
Chap. 552 Term "minor" defined.
Chap. 552 Death payment.
Chap. 552 Per capita payment.
Sec. 2 1253
Expenditure of remainder after segregation has been made.
Sec. 2 Sum to be added to loan fund; restriction.
Sec. 2 50 Stat.872.
25 U. S. C., Supp. IV, §§ 530-535.
Sec. 2 Payments in lieu of allotments of land.
52 Stat. 605.
25 U. S. C., Supp. IV, §§ 551-556.
Proviso. Withheld from minor until he becomes adult.
Sec. 2 Remainder to become part of capital reserve fund.
Sec. 3 Fund not liable for debts contracted by tribal members prior to date of Act.
Sec. 3 Exception.

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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 Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed, from the judgment fund of the Klamath and Modoc Tribes and Yahooskin Band of Snake Indians created as the result of the passage of the Act of June 25, 1938, and accrued interest thereon, to credit the sum of $2,000 upon the books of the Office of Indian Affairs, to each person determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be entitled to enrollment upon the annuity roll of said tribes of the Klamath Reservation, Oregon, living upon the date of the enactment of this Act. The share of each adult member and not to exceed $1,500 of the share of any minor shall be available for expenditure, under such rules and regulations as the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe, for the following purposes:

Purchase of land; improvement of lands acquired or already held by the Indian; erection and improvement of suitable homes; repayment of any loans received from the United States or from the Klamath tribal funds; purchase of building material, farming equipment, livestock, feed, food, seed, grain, tools, machinery, implements, household goods, bedding, clothing, and any other equipment or supplies necessary to enable the Indians to fit themselves for or to engage in farming, livestock, industry, or such other pursuits or vocations, including education, as will enable them to become self-supporting; and health purposes: Provided, however, That the funds of the aged, infirm, decrepit, and incapacitated members, and of minors, may be used for their proper maintenance and support. The remainder of the share of each minor Indian shall be held intact until such Indian reaches his majority, when it, together with interest at the rate of 4 per centum per annum, shall be available for expenditure for the purposes specified herein. As herein used, the term “minor” shall include all members of the tribe less than twenty-one years of age, except that minors eighteen years of age or over and who are married or have families of their own to support, shall be regarded as adults. On the death of any enrolled member, adult, or minor, the sum on deposit to his credit shall be distributed as personal property, and shall be available for expenditure by the distributees only for the purposes herein authorized: Provided, however, That of the aforesaid $2,000 to be prorated to each person, $100 shall be paid to each member of said tribes as a per capita payment, free from the aforesaid restrictions, under rules and regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior.

SEC. 2.

That after the segregation provided for in section 1 hereof shall have been made, the remainder of such judgment fund, including interest, shall be available for expenditure subject to the following limitations and conditions:

(a) Three hundred thousand dollars shall be transferred to and added to the loan fund authorized by the Act of August 28, 1937 (50

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Stat. 872). After the fiscal year 1939 no further sums shall be transferred to and added to the loan fund authorized by said Act from the unobligated tribal funds on deposit in the Treasury of the United States, and said Act is hereby amended accordingly.

(b) Three hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars for immediate payment in a lump sum of $1,500 to each adult unallotted Indian found to be entitled to payment in lieu of allotment, as authorized in the Act of June 1, 1938 (52 Stat. 605): Provided, That the amount due any minor under the provisions of said Act shall be withheld until he becomes an adult, as herein defined, when it shall be paid to him in a lump sum from any funds, principal, or interest, on deposit to the credit of the Klamath Tribe, and section 2 of said Act of June 1, 1938, is hereby amended accordingly.

(c) Such moneys as shall remain in the principal fund shall be transferred to and become a part of the capital reserve fund created by section 1 of the Act of August 28, 1937 (50 Stat. 872).

SEC. 3.

That in no event shall any portion of the said judgment fund become liable, payable, or subject to any debt or debts contracted prior to the passage of this Act by any Indian of the Klamath Tribe except debts to the United States or to the tribe.

Approved, August 7, 1939.

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