Washington : Government Printing Office
|Public Law 88-182||Indians. Navajo Tribe, oil and gas leases.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the agreement entered into by the Navajo Indian Tribe, Shell Oil Company (a corporation), and Humble Oil & Refining Company (a corporation), dated May 1, 1959, as amended by subsequent agreements dated September 14, 1960, November 7, 1962, and January 7, 1963, respectively, and on file with the Secretary of the Interior, is hereby approved, such agreement having been entered into for the purpose of compromising and settling, among such tribe and corporations, certain matters arising out of disputed title claims between the Navajo Indian Tribe and the State of Utah to the oil and gas rights in section 16, township 40 south, range 24 east, Salt Lake meridian, and in section 16, township 40 south, range 26 east, Salt Lake meridian, both in San Juan County, Utah.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Navajo Tribe of Indians is hereby authorized to lease, in accordance with the undertakings of such tribe in the aforementioned agreement, as amended, any interests which it might have or hereafter acquire in those lands described in the first section of this Act, and the Secretary of the Interior shall approve any lease so made.
Nothing in this Act is intended or shall be construed as a finding, interpretation, or construction by the Congress of the validity or invalidity of the respective claims of the Navajo Indian Tribe and the State of Utah to the lands described in the first section of this Act, and the determination of such conflicting claims shall be unaffected by anything in this Act.
Approved, November 20, 1963.