Washington : Government Printing Office
|Chap. 880||Colorado River Indian Reservation.|
|Chap. 880||Term of leases.|
|Chap. 880||Income from leases.|
Be it enacted by the Senate aced House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That for a period of two years after the date of this Act the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to lease any unassigned lands on the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Arizona, that were set apart by the United States for the Indians of the Colorado River and its tributaries, for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, or business purposes, including the development or utilization of natural resources in connection with operations under such leases, for grazing purposes, and for those farming purposes which require the malting of a substantial investment in the improvement of the land for the production of specialized crops as determined by said Secretary. All leases so granted shall be for a term of not to exceed twenty-five years, excepting leases for grazing purposes, which shall be for a term of not to exceed ten years. Leases for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, or business purposes with the consent of both parties may include provisions authorizing their renewal for an
additional term of not to exceed twenty-five years, and all leases and renewals shall be made under such terms and regulations as may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior. Income from leases on land in the southern reserve, as defined in ordinance numbered 5 of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, dated February 3, 1945, shall be segregated from income from leases on land in the northern reserve, as defined by such ordinance, and from leases on land on the California side of the Colorado River. All income received within two years after the date of this Act and prior to determination of the beneficial ownership of the lands, from leases on land in the northern reserve and land on the California side of the Colorado River may be expended by the Secretary for the benefit of the Colorado River Indian Tribes and their members. All income received within two years after the date of this Act and prior to determination of the beneficial ownership of the lands, from leases on land in the southern reserve may be expended by the Secretary for the development or improvement of any land in the southern reserve. All income received more than two years after the date of this act shall be held in a special account until the beneficial ownership of the land on the reservation has been determined. All income received after beneficial ownership has been determined shall be held in trust for the beneficial owners of the land from which the income was derived and shall be expended as otherwise authorized by law.
Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed as recognizing any ownership in the Colorado River Indian Tribes or any other Indians or group of Indians, nor shall this Act be taken as creating any inference of liability or as impairing or affecting any of the defenses of the United States in any litigation now pending before the Court of Claims or the Indian Claims Commission.
Approved, August 14, 1955.