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|Public Law 90-584||Indians. Southern Paiute Nation. Judgment funds, disposition.|
|Public Law 90-584||25 U. S. C. 741-760.|
|Sec. 4||Redeposit and disposition.|
|Sec. 5||Equal shares.|
|Sec. 6||Minor enrollees, protection.|
|Sec. 8||Tax exemption.|
|Sec. 9||Rules and regulations.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That for the purpose of disposing of the sum of $7,253,165.19 appropriated April 30, 1965 (79 Stat. 81, 108, 109), to pay a judgment of the Indian Claims Commission entered in its dockets numbered 88, 330, and 330-A on January 18, 1965, on behalf of the Southern Paiute Nation, the bands and groups of Southern Paiute Indians named in the petitions and the Las Vegas Band, together with interest accruing thereon, the Secretary of the Interior shall prepare a roll of all persons who meet the following requirements for eligibility: (a) they were born on or prior to and living on the date of this Act and are (b) enrolled or entitled to be enrolled as members of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Reservation, Arizona, or (c) enrolled or entitled to be enrolled as members of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Reservation, Nevada, or (d) whose names or the name of a lineal ancestor appears on the final rolls of the Shivwits, Kanosh, Koosharem, and Indian Peaks Bands of Paiute Indians which were prepared pursuant to the Act of September 1, 1954 (68 Stat. 1099), or (e) Southern Paiute Indians whose names or the name of a lineal ancestor appears on the January 1, 1940, census roll of the Cedar City, Utah, Indians, or (f) Southern Paiute Indians whose names or the name of a lineal ancestor appears on the January 1, 1940, census roll of the Las Vegas Colony, Nevada, or (g) Indians living elsewhere who can establish Southern Paiute lineal descent to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Interior: Provided, however, That no enrollee shall have elected or shall elect to participate in the judgment awarded by the Indian Claims Commission in its dockets numbered 31, 37, 80, 80-D, and 347, granted to "Certain Indians of California" or in dockets numbered 351 and 351-A granted to the Chemehuevi Tribe of Indians. Any person qualifying for enrollment as a member of more than one of the named Indian groups shall elect with which group he shall be enrolled for the purpose of this Act.
Applications for enrollment must be filed with the Area Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Phoenix, Arizona, in the manner and within the time limits prescribed by the Secretary for that purpose. The Secretary's determination on all applications for enrollment shall be final.
The cost of preparing the Southern Paiute Indian roll, and of disposing of the judgment funds, and the deduction of attorneys' fees and expenses and the cost of litigation, shall be deducted from the judgment fund. The balance of said fund, together with accrued interest, shall be apportioned by the Secretary of the Interior among
the groups of persons entitled to enrollment on the Southern Paiute Indian roll as provided in section 1 of this Act. Apportionment among said groups shall be on the ratio that the number of enrollees in each group shall bear to the total number enrolled on the Southern Paiute Indian roll.
The total amounts apportioned to the groups enrolled in section 1 (b) and (c) shall be redeposited in the Treasury of the United States to the credit of the respective bands, and may be advanced, expended, invested, or reinvested in any manner authorized by the governing body and approved by the Secretary.
The funds apportioned to those Southern Paiute Indians enrolled under sections 1 (f) and (g) shall be available for distribution in equal shares to the enrollees except as provided in section 6 of this Act.
Sums payable to enrollees or their heirs or legatees who are less than twenty-one years of age or who are under a legal disability shall be paid in accordance with such procedures as the Secretary determines will best protect their interests, including the establishment of trusts.
All funds, including interest, of the adult members of any group enrolled pursuant to sections 1 (d) and (e) of this Act may be advanced, expended, invested, or reinvested in any manner pursuant to a plan agreed upon between the governing body thereof or by the members thereof, at a meeting called in accordance with rules approved by the Secretary of the Interior, and the Board of Indian Affairs of the State of Utah, subject, however, to the previous approval of such plan by the Secretary of the Interior. However, the Secretary of the Interior shall not be charged with any responsibility in the administration of the funds.
No part of the per capita distributions made under authority of this Act shall be subject to Federal or State income tax.
The Secretary is authorized to prescribe rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this Act.
Approved, October 17, 1968.