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|Chap. 1009||Ute Indians, Utah. Distribution of assets. Termination of Federal supervision.|
|Sec. 6||Mixed-blood members. Right to organize.|
|Sec. 7||Legal counsel.|
|Sec. 8||Tribal roll.|
|Sec. 8||Publication in Fly.|
|Sec. 9||Disposal of lands.|
|Sec. 10||Division of assets.|
|Sec. 11||Availability of tribal funds.|
|Sec. 12||Per capita payments.|
|Sec. 12||Mortgage requirement.|
|Sec. 13||Distribution to individual members.|
|Sec. 15||876 Disposal of tribal assets by individual member.|
|Sec. 16||Sales restrictions, etc. Removal.|
|Sec. 18||Probation of wills, etc.|
|Sec. 20||Leases, permits, etc.|
|Sec. 21||Water rights.|
|Sec. 22||Guardians for minors, etc.|
|Sec. 23||Federal trust termination proclamation. Publication in FR.|
|Sec. 24||Development program.|
|Sec. 24||Report to Congress.|
|Sec. 25||Citizenship status.|
|Sec. 26||Patents, deeds, etc.|
|Sec. 27||Rules and regulations.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the purpose of this Act is to provide for the partition and distribution of the assets of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah between the mixed-blood and full-blood members thereof; for the termination of Federal supervision over the trust, and restricted property, of the mixed-blood members of said tribe; and for a development program for the full-blood members thereof, to assist them in preparing for termination of Federal supervision over their property.
For the purposes of this Act—
(a) "Tribe" means the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah.
(b) "Full-blood" means a member of the tribe who possesses one-half degree of Ute Indian blood and a total of Indian blood in excess of one-half, excepting those who become mixed-bloods by choice under the provisions of section 4 hereof.
(c) "Mixed-blood" means a member of the tribe who does not possess sufficient Indian or Ute Indian blood to fall within the full-blood class as herein defined, and those who become mixed-bloods by choice under the provisions of section 4 hereof.
(d) "Secretary" means Secretary of the Interior.
(e) "Superintendent" means the Superintendent of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah.
(f) "Asset" means any property of the tribe, real, personal or mixed, whether held by the tribe or by the United States in trust for the tribe, or subject to a restriction against alienation imposed by the United States.
(g) "Adult" means a member of the tribe who has attained the age of twenty-one years.
For the purposes of this Act Ute Indian blood shall be determined in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of the tribe and all tribal ordinances in force and effect on the effective date of this Act.
Any member of the tribe whose name appears on the proposed roll of full-blood members as provided in section 8 hereof and any person whose name is added to such proposed roll as the result of an appeal to the Secretary may apply to the Superintendent to become identified with and a part of the mixed-blood group: Provided, That such application is made within thirty days subsequent to the publication of such proposed roll or in the event of an appeal within thirty days subsequent to notification of the decision on said appeal: And provided further, That before such transfer is made upon the official rolls the Secretary shall first certify that, in his opinion, such change in status is not detrimental to the best interest of the person seeking such change.
Effective on the date of publication of the final rolls as provided in section 8 hereof the tribe shall thereafter consist exclusively of full-blood members. Mixed-blood members shall have no interest therein except as otherwise provided in this Act.
The mixed-blood members of the tribe, including those residing on and off the reservation, shall have the right to organize for their common welfare, and may adopt an appropriate constitution and bylaws which shall become effective when ratified by a majority vote of the adult mixed-blood members of the tribe at a special election
authorized and called by the Secretary under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe. Such constitution may provide for the selection of authorized representatives who shall have power to take any action that is required by this Act to be taken by the mixed-blood members as a group: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed as requiring said mixed-blood Indians to so organize if such organization is by them deemed unnecessary. In the event no such approved organization is effected, any action taken by the adult mixed-blood members, by majority vote, whether in public meeting or by referendum, but in either event, after such notice as may be prescribed by the Secretary, shall be binding upon said mixed-blood members of the tribe for the purposes of this Act.
The mixed-blood members of the tribe as a group may employ legal counsel to accomplish the legal work required on behalf of said group under the terms of this Act, and for any other purpose by them deemed necessary or desirable; the choice of counsel and fixing of fees to be subject to the approval of the Secretary until Federal supervision over all of the members of said group and their property is terminated in the manner provided in section 16 of this Act.
The tribe shall have a period of thirty days from the date of enactment of this Act in which to prepare and submit to the Secretary a proposed roll of the full-blood members of the tribe, and a proposed roll of the mixed-blood members of the tribe, living on the date of enactment of this Act. If the tribe fails to submit such proposed rolls within the time specified in this Act, the Secretary shall prepare such proposed rolls for the tribe. Said proposed rolls shall be published in the Federal Register, and in a newspaper of general circulation in each of the counties of Uintah and Duchesne in the State of Utah. Any person claiming membership rights in the tribe, or an interest in its assets, or a representative of the Secretary on behalf of any such person, within sixty days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, or in either of the papers of general circulation, as hereinbefore provided, whichever publication date is last, may file an appeal with the Secretary contesting the inclusion or omission of the name of any person on or from either of such proposed rolls. The Secretary shall review such appeals and his decisions thereon shall be final and conclusive. After disposition of all such appeals to the Secretary, and after all transfers have been made pursuant to section 4 hereof the roll of the full-blood members of the tribe, and the roll of the mixed-blood members of the tribe, shall be published in the Federal Register, and such rolls shall be final for the purposes of this Act.
The business committee of the tribe for and on behalf of the full-blood members of said tribe, and the duly authorized representatives for the mixed-blood members of said tribe, acting jointly, are hereby authorized, subject to the approval of the Secretary, to sell, exchange, dispose of, and convey to any purchaser deemed satisfactory to said committee and representatives, any or all of the lands of said tribe described as follows, to wit:
|Township 1 North, Range 1 East:
|Township 1 North, Range 1 West:
|NE/4 NW/4; N/2 SW/4||28||120.00|
|Township 2 North, Range 1 West:
E/2 SW/4 NE/4
|Township 1 South, Range 1 West:
|S/2 NE/4; NE/4 SE/4; W/2 SW/4 NW/4; W/2 NW/4 SW/4||16||160.00|
|SW/4 NW/4; SW/4 SE/4||35||80.00|
|Township 1 South, Range 2 West:
|S/2 NE/4; N/2 SE/4||14||160.00|
|Township 1 South, Range 3 West:
|Township 1 South, Range 8 West:
|Township 2 South, Range 1 West:
S/2 SW/4; SE/4 SE/4
|Lot 3; SE/4 NW/4||4||81.28|
|Lots 1 & 2; E/2 NW/4; W/2 NE/4||7||237.78|
|Township 2 South, Range 1 East:
Lot 2; SE/4 NW/4
|Township 2 South, Range 2 West: S/2 S/2||2||160.00|
|Township 2 South, Range 3 West:
|NE/4 SW/4; S/2 SE/4||19||120.00|
|Lots 1 & 2; E/2 NW/4; NE/4||30||316.36|
|Lot 2; SE/4 NW/4||31||78.40|
|Township 2 South Range 4 West:
|SE/4 SW/4; SW/4 SE/4||9||80.00|
|Lots 3 & 4; N/2 SW/4||33||167.31|
|NE/4 SW/4; N/2 SE/4; Lots 1 & 2||36||200.46|
|Township 2 South Range 5 West:
|N/2 NE/4; SE/4 NE/4||33||120.00|
|W/2 NW/4; SE/4 NW/4; N/2 SW/4; SE/4 SW/4; S/2 SE/4||34||320.00|
|Township 2 South Range 7 West:
NE/4 SE/4; SW/4 SW/4
|NE/4 NE/4; SW/4 NW/4; N/2 SW/4; SE/4 SW/4; W/2 SE/4; SE/4 SE/4||14||320.00|
|W/2 NE/4; SE/4 NE/4||15||120.00|
|N/2 N/2; SE/4 NE/4||24||200.00|
|Township 2 South Range 8 West:
|Township 3 South Range 1 East:
Lot 2; SE/4 NW/4; S/2 NE/4
|N/2 SW/4; SW/4 NE/4; NW/4 SE/4||16||160.00|
|Lots 1, 2 & 3; NE/4 SW/4||18||155.35|
|Township 3 South Range 2 East:
|SE/4 NW/4; E/2 SW/4||36||120.00|
|Township 3 South Range 1 West:
|Lots 1-8, Incl||22||331.46|
|Lots 1-4, Incl.; S/2 N/2||23||338.28|
|Lots 1-4, Incl.; S/2 N/2||24||341.20|
|Township 3 South Range 2 West:
|NE/4 SW/4; NW/4; SE/4||16||360.00|
|Township 3 South Range 3 West:
S/2 NW/4; NE/4 SW/4; N/2 SE/4
|NW/4 SE/4; N/2 SW/4||17||120.00|
|All (Lots 1-4, Incl., E/2 W/2; E/2)||19||633.87|
|N/2 NW/4; S/2 NE/4; NE/4 SE/4||29||200.00|
|W/2 NE/4; NE/4 NW/4; Lot 1||30||158.66|
|Township 3 South Range 4 West:
|S/2 SE/4; SE/4 SW/4; N/2 S/2||13||280.00|
|NE/4; NE/4 NW/4||24||200.00|
|SE/4 NE/4; W/2 NE/4; E/2 NW/4||26||200.00|
|Township 3 South Range 5 West:
Lots 1 & 2; SE/4 NE/4
|Lot 4; SW/4 NW/4; W/2 SW/4; SE/4 SW/4||2||199.58|
|NW/4; W/2 NE/4; NE/4 SW/4; NW/4 SE/4||11||320.00|
|SW/4 NW/4; N/2 SW/4; SW/4 SW/4||21||160.00|
|Township 3 South Range 7 West:
Lots 3 & 4
|E/2 SE/4; SW/4 SE/4; W/2 NW/4||17||200.00|
|E/2 NE/4; Lots 1 & 2||18||147.16|
|Township 3 South Range 8 West:
E/2; NW/4; E/2 SW/4
|Lot 3; SE/4 NW/4; NE/4 SW/4||6||120.04|
|N/2 NE/4; SE/4 NE/4; SE/4; NE/4 NW/4||13||320.00|
|W/2 NE/4; S/2 NW/4||27||160.00|
|Township 3 South Range 9 West:
SW/4 W/4; NW/4 SW/4
|Township 4 South Range 2 West:
Lot 3; NE/4 SW/4; N/2 SE/4
|E/2 NE/4; SW/4 NE/4||12||120.00|
|E/2 NW/4; SW/4 NW/4||16||120.00|
|SE/4 NE/4; NW/4; NW/4 SW/4; N/2 SE/4||17||320.00|
|SE/4; S/2 NE/4; S/2 SW/4||21||320.00|
|Lots 1-4, Incl||27||26.59|
|Lots 1-4, Incl||28||126.64|
|Lots 1-6, Incl.; NE/4; E/2 NW/4||30||475.16|
|Township 4 South, Range 3 West:
|E/2 NE/4; NE/4 SE/4||13||120.00|
|Lots 1 & 2; N/2 SE/4; SW/4; N/2||25||622.29|
|Lots 1-6, Incl.; NW/4 NW/4||35||237.96|
|Township 4 South, Range 4 West:
|Township 4 South, Range 8 West:
|Township 4 South, Range 9 West:
|N/2; N/2 S/2; SE/4 SE/4||13||520.00|
|Lots 3 & 4; E12 SW/4; SE/4||18||319.09|
|Lots 1 & 2; E/2 NW/4; NE/4||19||319.37|
|Township 4 South Range 10 West:
|SE/4 NW/4; E/2 SW/4||17||120.00|
|Township 5 South Range 7 West:
|Township 5 South Range 9 West:
SE/4 NW/4; S/2 NE/4
|Township 6 South Range 9 West:
|W/2 NE/4; NW/4 SE/4||8||120.00|
All such sales, exchanges, or other dispositions shall be made upon such terms as said committee and said authorized representatives shall deem satisfactory and may be made pursuant to bids or at private sale, and all funds or other property derived from such sales, exchanges, or other dispositions shall be subject to the terms of this Act. Consent by the tribal business committee and said authorized representatives to the sale, exchange, or other disposal of the lands herein described shall relieve the United States of any liability resulting from such sale, exchange, or other disposition. The tribal
business committee and said authorized representatives are further authorized to sell or dispose of tribal assigned lands to the assignees thereof under such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by the said tribal business committee and said authorized representatives with the assignees, subject, however, to the approval of the Secretary.
The tribal business committee representing the full-blood group, and the authorized representatives of the mixed-blood group, within sixty days after the publication of the final membership roll, as provided in section 8 hereof, shall commence a division of the assets of the tribe that are then susceptible to equitable and practicable distribution. Such division shall be by agreement between them subject to the approval of the Secretary. Said division shall be based upon the relative number of persons comprising the final membership roll of each group. After such division the rights or beneficial interests in tribal property of each mixed-blood person whose name appears on the roll shall constitute an undivided interest in and to such property which may be inherited or bequeathed, but shall be subject to alienation or encumbrance before the transfer of title to such tribal property only as provided herein. Any contract made in violation of this section shall be null and void. If said groups are unable to agree upon said division within a period of twelve months from the date of such commencement, or any authorized extension of said period granted within the discretion of the Secretary, the Secretary is authorized to partition the assets of the tribe in such manner as in his opinion will be equitable and fair to both groups. Such partition shall give rise to no cause of action against the United States and the costs of such partition shall be paid by the tribe. The Secretary is authorized to provide such reasonable assistance as may be requested by both groups, or by either group, in formulation and execution of a plan for the division of said assets, including necessary technical services of Government employees at Fort Duchesne, Utah, and arranging for necessary consultations with representatives of Federal departments and agencies, officials of the State of Utah, and political subdivisions thereof, and members of the tribe. All unadjudicated or unliquidated claims against the United States, all gas, oil, and mineral rights of every kind, and all other assets not susceptible to equitable and practicable distribution shall be managed jointly by the Tribal Business Committee and the authorized representatives of the mixed-blood group, subject to such supervision by the Secretary as is otherwise required by law, and the net proceeds therefrom after deducting the costs chargeable to such management shall first be divided between the full-blood and mixed-blood groups in direct proportion to the number of persons comprising the final membership roll of each group and without regard to the number of persons comprising each group at the time of the division of such proceeds.
Notwithstanding any other provision of existing law, the tribal funds now on deposit or hereafter deposited in the United States Treasury to the credit of the tribe or either group thereof, shall be available for advance to the tribe or the respective groups, or for expenditure, for such purposes, including per capita payments, as may be designated by the Tribal Business Committee for the full-blood members, and by the authorized agents of the mixed-blood members, and in either event subject to the approval of the Secretary: Provided, That the aggregate amount of the expenditures and advances authorized by this section for the mixed-blood group shall not exceed 50 per centum of the total funds of said mixed-blood group after such division, until said mixed-blood group has adopted a plan approved by the Secretary for termination of Federal supervision of said mixed-blood group, as required under section 13 hereof. After such termination
of Federal supervision, per capita payments to the mixed-blood group shall not be subject to approval of the Secretary.
Fifty per centum of all per capita payments to any individual mixed-blood member made pursuant to any division or distribution hereunder shall have deducted therefrom any sum or sums of money owed by such member to the tribe, whether due or to become due, unless in the opinion of the Secretary said debts are not adequately secured in which event the entire per capita payment shall be subject to such offset. Any other division, partition or distribution of property to any individual mixed-blood member made pursuant to this Act shall be subject to a mortgage to be made in favor of the tribe securing the payment of all sums of money owed by him to the tribe on the date of such division, partition or distribution to such individual mixed-blood member. The Secretary shall require the execution of any mortgage required hereunder as a condition to any such division, partition or distribution.
After the adoption of a plan for the division of the assets between the two groups, a plan for distribution of the assets of the mixed-blood group to the individual members thereof shall be prepared and ratified by a majority of said group, within the period of six months from such adoption and presented to the Secretary for approval. The Secretary is authorized to provide such reasonable assistance, including necessary technical service of Government employees at Fort Duchesne, Utah, and arranging for necessary consultation with representatives of Federal departments and agencies, officials of the State of Utah and political subdivisions thereof, as may be required by the mixed-blood group in the preparation of such plan.
The plan for division of the assets among the members of the mixed-blood group may include:
(1) Complete disposition of all cash assets of said group, reserving, however, sufficient funds to cover—
(i) the proportionate share of said mixed-blood group in and to all expenses incurred in effecting the purposes of this Act, including, but not limited to, the necessary expense incurred under sections 13 and 14 of this Act;
(ii) the just and proportionate share of the mixed-bloods in the expense incurred in the prosecution of the claims of the tribe, or the bands thereof, against the United States; and
(iii) the determinable and estimated administrative costs and expenses of any mixed-blood organization authorized by this Act, including lawful and reasonable salaries and fees of authorized agents, officers and employees of said mixed-blood group.
(2) Partition of the lands of the mixed-blood group, excepting all gas, oil, and mineral rights, to corporations, partnerships, or other legal entities, and to trustees, and the individual members of said groups, quality and quantity relatively considered, according to the respective rights and interests of the parties, located so as to embrace, as far as practicable, any improvements lawfully made by the person or persons receiving such land. The value of the improvements made, under a valid lease or assignment from the tribe, shall be excluded from the valuation in making allotments to the lessee or assignee, and the land must be valued without regard to such improvements unless the lease or assignment, under which said improvements were made, provided that such improvements should become the property of the tribe. In the making of any partition due consideration shall be given to all of the rights and interests of the person or persons receiving the property, and all of the rights and interests of the other members of the tribe. Two or more of the members of said mixed-blood group may obtain their share of property as tenants in common, as joint tenants, or in any other lawful manner when such members agree among themselves as to the manner in which they desire to receive such title.
When it appears that an equitable partition cannot be made among the members of said mixed-blood group without prejudice to the rights and interests of some of them, and yet a partition is directed by the group, the members of said group may voluntarily determine compensation to be made by one party to another on account of the inequity. In all cases where equity is agreed upon by the members of said mixed-blood group, such compensatory adjustment among the parties, according to the principles of equity, must be approved by the Secretary. In the event of a failure to agree upon an equitable compensatory adjustment among the parties the Secretary shall make such adjustment and his decision shall be final.
(3) Organization of corporations for the grazing of livestock, handling of water and water rights, and the shares therein may be issued to the members of said group in proportion to their interests in the assets of such corporations. When, in the opinion of said mixed-blood group, it is to the best interest of said group to transfer a portion of the assets of said group to a corporation or other legal entity for any purpose, the Secretary is authorized to make such transfer.
(4) A transfer of assets to one or more trustees designated by said group who shall hold title to all or any part of the property of said group for management or liquidation purposes under terms and conditions prescribed by said mixed-blood group. The Secretary is authorized to make such transfer, and approve the trustees, and the terms and conditions of the trust.
(5) Sale of any portion of the assets of said group subject to the approval of the Secretary. In addition to the sales herein otherwise authorized, authority is granted to the authorized representatives of said group to sell any property of said group when, in the opinion of the majority of said mixed-blood group, a practicable partition cannot be made, or for any other reason it is deemed to the best interests of the group, and the proceeds of such sales shall be distributed equitably among the members of said mixed-blood group; after deducting reasonable cost of sale and distribution.
In the event all the tribal assets, susceptible to equitable and practicable distribution, distributed to the mixed-blood group under the provisions of section 10 hereof, are not, within seven years from the date of enactment of this Act, distributed to the individual mixed-blood members as contemplated in the plan to be adopted in accordance with the provisions of section 13 hereof, so as to effectively terminate Federal supervision over said assets, then the Secretary shall proceed to make such distribution in a manner, in his discretion, deemed fair and equitable to all members of said group, or convey such assets to a trustee for liquidation and distribution of the net proceeds, or convey such assets to the persons entitled thereto as tenants in common.
Any member of the mixed-blood group may dispose of his interest in the tribal assets prior to termination of Federal supervision, subject to the approval of the Secretary. In the event a member of the mixed-blood group determines to dispose of his interest in any of said real property at any time within ten years from the date of enactment of this Act, he shall first offer it to the members of the tribe, and no sale of any interest, prior to termination of Federal supervision, shall be authorized without such offer to said members of the tribe in such form as may be approved by the Secretary. After termination of Federal supervision the requirement of such offer, in form to be approved by the Secretary, shall be a covenant to run with the land for said ten-year period, and shall be expressly provided in any patent or deed issued prior to the expiration of said period.
(a) When any mixed-blood member of the tribe has received his distributive share of the tribal assets distributed to the mixed-blood group under the provisions of section 10 hereof, whether such
distribution is made in part or in whole to a corporation, partnership, or trusteeship in which he is interested, or otherwise, the Secretary is authorized and directed to immediately transfer to him unrestricted control of all other property held in trust for such mixed-blood member by the United States, and shall further remove all restrictions on the sale or encumbrance of trust or restricted property owned by such member of the tribe, and Federal supervision of such member and his property shall thereby be terminated, except as to his remaining interest in tribal property in the form of any unadjudicated or unliquidated claims against the United States, all gas, oil, and mineral rights of every kind, and all other tribal assets not susceptible to equitable and practicable distribution, all of which shall remain subject to the terms of this Act, notwithstanding anything herein contained to the contrary.
(b) Prior to the removal of restrictions in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) hereof on land owned by more than one person, the Secretary may—
(1) upon request of any of the owners, partition the land and issue to each owner an unrestricted patent or deed for his individual share, unless such owner is a full-blood member of the tribe or other Indian who owns trust or restricted property, in which event a trust patent or restricted deed shall be issued and such trust may be terminated or such restrictions may be removed when the Secretary determines that the need therefor no longer exists;
(2) upon request of any of the owners and a finding by the Secretary that partition of all or any part of the land is not practicable, cause all or any part of the land to be sold at not less than the appraised value thereof and distribute the proceeds of sale to the owners: Provided, That before a sale any one or more of the owners may elect to purchase the other interests in the land, or the tribe may elect to purchase the entire interest in the land, at not less than the appraised value thereof.
No distribution of the assets made under the provisions of this Act shall be subject to any Federal or State income tax: Provided, That so much of any cash distribution made hereunder as consists of a share of any interest earned on funds deposited in the Treasury of the United States shall not by virtue of this Act be exempt from individual income tax in the hands of the recipients for the year in which paid. Property distributed to the mixed-blood group pursuant to the terms of this Act shall be exempt from property taxes for a period of seven years from the date of enactment of this Act, unless the original distributee parts with title thereto, either by deed, descent, succession, foreclosure of mortgage, sheriff's sale or other conveyance: Provided, That the mortgaging, hypothecation, granting of a right-of-way, or other similar encumbrance of said property shall not be construed as a conveyance subjecting said property to taxation under the provisions of this section. After seven years from the date of enactment of this Act, all property distributed to the mixed-blood members of the tribe under the provisions of this Act, and all income derived therefrom by the individual, corporation, or other legal entity, shall be subject to the same taxes, State and Federal, as in the case of non-Indians; except that any valuation for purposes of Federal income tax on gains or losses shall take as the basis of the particular taxpayer the value of the property on the date title is transferred by the United States pursuant to this Act.
The laws of the United States with respect to probate of wills, determination of heirship, and the administration of estates shall apply to the individual trust property of mixed-blood members of the tribe until Federal supervision is terminated. Thereafter, the laws of the several States, Territories, possessions, and the District of
Columbia within which such mixed-blood members reside at the time of their death shall apply.
Nothing in this Act shall affect any claim heretofore filed against the United States by the tribe, or the individual bands comprising the tribe.
Nothing in this Act shall abrogate any valid lease, permit, license, right-of-way, lien, or other contract heretofore approved.
Nothing in this Act shall abrogate any water rights of the tribe or its members.
For the purposes of this Act, the Secretary shall protect the rights of members of the tribe who are minors, non compos mentis, or, in the opinion of Secretary, in need of assistance in conducting their affairs, by such means as he may deem adequate, but appointment of guardians pursuant to State laws, in any case, shall not be required until Federal supervision has terminated.
Upon removal of Federal restrictions on the property of each individual mixed-blood member of the tribe, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register a proclamation declaring that the Federal trust relationship to such individual is terminated. Thereafter, such individual shall not be entitled to any of the services performed for Indians because of his status as an Indian. All statutes of the United States which affect Indians because of their status as Indians shall no longer be applicable to such member over which supervision has been terminated, and the laws of the several States shall apply to such member in the same manner as they apply to other citizens within their jurisdiction.
Within three months after the date of enactment of this Act, the business committee of the tribe representing the full-blood group thereof shall present to the Secretary a development program calculated to assist in making the tribe and the members thereof self-supporting, without any special Government assistance, with a view of eventually terminating all Federal supervision of the tribe and its members. The tribal business committee, representing the full-blood group shall, through the Secretary of the Interior, make a full and complete annual progress report to the Congress of its activities, and of the expenditures authorized under this Act.
Nothing in this Act shall affect the status of the members of the tribe as citizens of the United States.
The Secretary shall have authority to execute such patents, deeds, assignments, releases, certificates, contracts, and other instruments, as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of this Act, or to establish a marketable and recordable title to any property disposed of pursuant to this Act.
The Secretary is authorized to issue rules and regulations necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act, and may, in his discretion, provide for tribal or group referenda on matters pertaining to management or disposition of tribal or group assets.
Whenever any action pursuant to the provisions of this Act requires the agreement of the mixed-blood and full-blood groups and such agreement cannot be reached, the Secretary is authorized to proceed in any manner deemed by him to be in the best interests of both groups.
All Acts, or parts of Acts, inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed insofar as they affect the tribe or its members.
If any provision of this Act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the remainder of the Act and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.
Approved, August 27, 1954.