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Chapter 761
October 8, 1940 [H. R. 8124] |  [Public, No. 804] 54 Stat. 1020

To provide funds for cooperation with public-school districts (organized and unorganized) in Mahnomen, Itasca, Pine, Saint Louis, Clearwater, Koochiching, and Becker Counties, Minnesota, in the construction, improvement, and extension of school facilities to be available to both Indian and white children.

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Chap. 761 Minnesota. Appropriation authorized for cooperating with designated school districts.
Chap. 761 Provisos. Availability of schools to Indian children.
Chap. 761 Plans and specifications.
Chap. 761 1021
Chap. 761 Use of funds as sponsors' contributions.
Chap. 761 Permits authorizing use of tribal lands.
Chap. 761 Title to improvements, etc.
Chap. 761 Recoupment by U.S.
Chap. 761 Transfer of allocated funds, limitation.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $120,500 for the purpose of cooperating with the following public-school districts (both organized and unorganized) in the State of Minnesota, such appropriation to be apportioned as follows: Naytahwaush, Independent School District Numbered 29, Mahnomen County, $19,000; Inger, District Numbered 6 (Deer River), Itasca County, $7,000; Lake Lena, District Numbered 2, Pine County, $12,500; Vermillion Lake, Tower-Soudan District, Saint Louis County, $7,000; Beaulieu, unorganized district, Mahnomen County, $12,500; Jack Pine, unorganized district, Clearwater County, $7,000; Nett Lake, unorganized district, Saint Louis-Koochiching Counties, $37,500; Pine Point, unorganized district, Becker County, $3,000; Squaw Point, unorganized district, Cass County, $15,000; for the construction, extension, equipment, and improvement of public-school facilities: Provided, That the expenditure of any money so authorized shall be subject to the express conditions that the schools maintained by these said districts in any buildings constructed or improved with such money shall be available to all Indian children of the districts, on the same terms, except as to payment of tuition, as other children of said school districts: Provided further, That plans and specifications for construction, extension, or improvement of structures shall be furnished by local or State authorities without cost to the United States Government, and, upon approval thereof by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, actual work shall proceed under the direction of such local or State officials. Payment for work in place shall be made monthly on vouchers properly certified by local officials of the Indian Service: Provided further, That funds appropriated pursuant to this Act may be used as sponsors' contributions for the construction, extension, equipment, and improvement of the said public-school facilities approved and carried on under funds of the Work Projects Administration: Provided further, That no funds available under this Act shall be expended for improvements to existing buildings which belong to a school district and which are on tribal land or for construction of new buildings on tribal land until the tribe shall have issued to the school district a permit approved by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs authorizing the use of the tracts required as school sites for so long as the land shall be used for school purposes by the school district and agreeing that the improvements and buildings shall be and remain the property of the school district. Title to

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improvements and to new buildings shall remain in the United States until recoupment of expenditures by the United States as provided in this Act. Upon recoupment, improvements made and new buildings constructed shall become the property of the school district: Provided further, That any amount expended for improvements to existing buildings belonging to the school district or for the construction of new buildings shall be recouped by the United States within a period of thirty years, commencing with the date of occupancy of the project, through reducing the annual Federal payments for the education of Indian pupils enrolled in public or high schools of the district involved, or by the acceptance of Indian pupils in such schools without cost to the United States, and in computing the amount of recoupment for each project interest at 3 per centum per annum shall be included on unrecouped balances: And provided further, That not to exceed 10 per centum of the amount allocated to any one of the above-named districts may be transferred, in the discretion of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, to the allocation for any other district, but no project shall be increased more than 10 per centum by any such transfer.

Approved, October 8, 1940.

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