Washington : Government Printing Office
|Chap. 636||Pueblo Indians. Sale of land to Navaho Tribe.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Pueblo of San Lorenzo, sometimes known as the Pueblo of Picuris, and the Pueblo of Pojoaque in New Mexico are hereby severally authorized to sell to the Navaho Tribe of Indians all of the right, title, and interest of each of said Pueblos in and to any of the lands situated in townships 6, 7, and 8 north, range 15 west, and township 7 north, range 16 west, New Mexico principal meridian, in Valencia County, New Mexico, the title to which is now held by the United States in trust for either of said Pueblos; and the Navaho Tribe is hereby authorized to purchase all of the right, title, and interest of said Pueblos in and to any of the above-described lands, whereupon the title to the lands so purchased shall be held by the United States in trust for the Navaho Tribe. All sales under this section shall be for such prices and on such terms as may be agreed upon by the governing bodies of the Pueblo making the sale and of the Navaho Tribe, and as may be approved by the
Secretary of the Interior. The consideration for each sale, when so agreed upon and approved, shall be paid out of such funds of the Navaho Tribe as may be designated for this purpose by its governing body. The Secretary of the Interior and the appropriate officers of said Pueblos are authorized to execute such instruments of conveyance as may be necessary or appropriate to effectuate the transfer of title to any lands purchased by the Navaho Tribe under this section.
All proceeds received from each of the sales authorized by section 1 of this Act shall be deposited in the Treasury of the United States to the credit of the Pueblo making the sale in the account established for such Pueblo pursuant to section 19 of the Act of June 7, 1924 (43 Stat. 636, 642), and, together with any other funds heretofore or hereafter deposited in the same account, shall be available for expenditure or advance for such purposes, except per capita payments, as may be designated by the governing body of such Pueblo and approved by the Secretary of the Interior.
For the purpose of consolidating the lands of the Navaho Tribe, the Secretary of the Interior, with the consent of the governing body of said tribe, may exchange any lands purchased under section 1 of this Act for any other lands situated in McKinley or Valencia Counties, New Mexico, that are owned by the United States, by the State of New Mexico, or a political subdivision thereof, or by any person; and, for the same purpose, the head of any department or agency having administrative jurisdiction over lands situated in said counties that are owned by the United States may exchange any such lands for lands purchased under section 1 of this Act.
Approved, August 9, 1955.