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|Public Law 86-246||Indians. Siletz Tribe, funds distribution.|
|Public Law 86-246||25 U. S. C. 693.|
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 is hereby authorized and directed to distribute on a pro rata basis, to the persons whose names appear on the final roll approved pursuant to section 3 of the Act of August 13, 1954 (68 Stat. 724), or their heirs or legatees, the balance of the funds, after paying approved attorney fees and expenses, appropriated by the Supplemental Appropriation Act, 1959, in satisfaction of the judgment against the United States obtained in the Indian Claims Commission in docket Numbered 239, and accrued interest thereon. The funds so distributed shall not be subject to Federal or State income tax.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the Secretary shall distribute a share payable to a living enrollee directly to such enrollee, and the Secretary shall distribute a share payable to a deceased enrollee directly to his next of kin or legatees as determined by the laws of the place of domicile of the decedent, upon proof of death and inheritance satisfactory to the Secretary, whose findings upon such proof shall be final and conclusive.
(b) A share payable to a person under twenty-one years of age or to a person under legal disability shall be paid in accordance with the laws applicable to such person in the place of his domicile, or in the discretion of the Secretary to the natural parent or guardian of such person.
All costs incurred by the Secretary in the preparation of the roll and in the payment of shares in accordance with the provision of this Act shall be paid by appropriate withdrawals from the judgment fund.
Approved, September 9, 1959.