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|Chap. 813||Five Civilized Tribes, Okla. Probate and distribution of restricted estates.|
|Chap. 813||Provisos. Applicable statutes of descent and distribution.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That exclusive jurisdiction is hereby conferred on the Secretary of the Interior to determine the heirs after notice and hearing under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe, and to probate the estate of any deceased restricted Indian enrolled or unenrolled, of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma, whenever the restricted estate consists only of funds or securities under the control of the Department of the Interior of an aggregate value not exceeding $2,500: Provided, That where such decedent died prior to the effective date of this Act, the distribution of such funds and securities, including the decedent's share of any tribal funds, shall be made in accordance with the statute of descent and distribution applicable at the date of death: And provided further, That where the decedent dies subsequently to the effective date of this Act distribution of all such funds and securities, including tribal funds aforesaid, shall be effected in accordance with the statute of descent and distribution of the State of Oklahoma.
Prior to distribution of the estate to the individuals found entitled thereto under the provisions of section 1 of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall collect out of the funds or other property involved and pay into the Treasury of the United States a fee of $20 in those cases where the value of the estate is $250 or more but does not exceed $1,000; a fee of $25 where the value of the estate is more than $1,000 but less than $2,000; and a fee of $30 where the value of the estate is $2,000 or more.
Approved, December 24, 1942.