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|Chap. 567||Navajo Indians. Exchange of tribal lands.|
|Chap. 567||Patent in fee.|
|Sec. 2||Employment preference.|
|Sec. 2||49 U.S.C. §§ 1101-1119; Supp. 11, § 1101 et seq.
Ante, pp. 478, 480, 603, 605; post, pp. 903, 925.
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 or his authorized representative is authorized, with the consent of the governing body of the Navajo Indian Tribe, to exchange the surface rights in Navajo tribal Indian land described as the south half southwest quarter section 24; northwest quarter, northeast quarter, southeast quarter, and north half southwest quarter section 25, township 43 south, range 15 east, S. L. B. & M., containing six hundred and forty acres, more or less, for the surface rights in land of the State of Utah described as all of section 32, township 43 south, range 16 east, S. L. B. M., all in San Juan County, Utah. Title to the Indian land exchanged shall be transferred by the Secretary of the Interior to the State of Utah by the issuance of a patent in fee. Title to the State lands to be conveyed to the Indians shall be taken in the name of the United States in trust for the Navajo and such other Indians as the Secretary of the Interior may see fit to settle thereon, and shall be satisfactory to the Secretary of the Interior.
In the event the lands acquired by the State of Utah under the provisions of this Act shall be used for airport purposes, members of the Navajo Tribe of Indians shall be given preference in employment in every phase of construction, operation, and maintenance of the airport for which they are qualified, notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary contained in the Federal Airport Act of May 13, 1946 (60 Stat. 170), or any other Act of Congress.
Approved, September 7, 1949.