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|Chap. 662||Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oreg. Restoration of certain lands to tribal ownership.|
|Chap. 662||Proviso. Existing valid rights.|
|Sec. 2||Consolidations through purchase, exchange, or relinquishment.|
|Sec. 2||Basis of exchanges.|
|Sec. 2||Restricted allotments included.|
|Sec. 3||Title to be taken in name of United States.|
|Sec. 4||Funds available for expenses.|
|Sec. 4||48 Stat. 985.
25 U.S.C. § 465.
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 in his discretion to restore to tribal ownership the undisposed of surplus lands of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon, heretofore opened to entry or other form of disposal under the public-land laws: Provided, That restoration shall be subject to any existing valid rights.
For the purpose of effecting land consolidations between Indians and non-Indians within the reservation, the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized, under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe, to acquire through purchase, exchange, or relinquishment, any interest in lands, water rights, or surface rights to lands within said reservation. Exchanges of lands hereunder shall be made on the basis of equal value and the value of improvements on lands to be relinquished to the Indians or by Indians to non-Indians shall be given due consideration and allowance made therefor in the valuation of lieu lands. This section shall apply to tribal, trust, or otherwise restricted Indian allotments whether the allottee be living or deceased.
Title to lands or any interest therein acquired pursuant to this Act for Indian use shall be taken in the name of the United States of America in trust for the tribe or individual Indian for which acquired.
For the purpose of carrying into effect the land-purchase provision of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to use so much as may be necessary of any funds heretofore or hereafter appropriated pursuant to section 5 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984).
Approved, August 10, 1939.