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|Chap. 816||Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District, Wash.|
|Chap. 816||25 U. S. C. §§ 389-389e.|
|Chap. 816||Cancelation, deferment, and adjustment of irrigation charges.|
|Sec. 2||Repair and rehabilitation of certain irrigation canals.|
|Sec. 3||Delinquent charges.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the action of the Secretary of the Interior, by order dated May 19, 1942, taken pursuant to authority contained in the Act of June 22, 1936 (49 Stat. 1803), in the cancelation, deferment, and adjustment of irrigation charges due the United States against nine hundred and eight and forty-seven one-hundredths acres of land formerly in individual Indian ownership, within the Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District, Washington, is hereby confirmed as follows: (a) The cancelation of $11,963.76 of unpaid construction and operation charges; (b) the conditional cancelation of $28,045.31 of additional unpaid construction and operation charges to become effective upon the repayment, or upon the execution of contracts with individual landowners providing for the repayment in full, of the adjusted balance of $18,537.37 of unpaid like charges; (c) the continuation of the first lien against each allotment of land, notwithstanding any division or partitionment of such allotment resulting in separate ownership of different parts thereof, until the full amount due on the entire allotment has been paid and no refund or repayments shall be made to any landowner on account of any charges heretofore paid; and (d) the requiring of contracts with landowners, where necessary, covering the repayment over a period of years of their proper share of the adjusted balance of $18,537.37 of unpaid construction and operation charges: Provided, That the district may pay the said amount in one payment, in which event the lien of the Government shall be assigned to the district.
The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to enter into a contract with the Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District, providing for the repair and rehabilitation of certain irrigation canals, laterals, and sublaterals necessary for the delivery of water to irrigate Indian lands, the cost of such construction work not to exceed the sum of $15,000, such contract to require the said irrigation district (1) to cancel all charges carried on its books as apportioned against the lands of the Indians up to and including the date of the contract; (2) to recognize the prior first lien of the United States for the repayment of the adjusted charges remaining against the former Indian-owne lands approved by section 1 of this Act; and (3) to provide for the transfer of water rights from one tract of Indian-owned land within the said irrigation district to another, where, in the opinion of the Secretary of the Interior, such transfer is desirable and economically advisable in the proper utilization of the Indian lands.
In order to prevent the accumulation of delinquent project assessments or other charges against the former Indian-owned lands within the Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District, the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized, in his discretion, to take such action as he may deem necessary to protect the adjusted sums due the Government as approved by section 1 of the Act, including the foreclosure of the Government's lien.
Approved, December 24, 1942.