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|Chap. 723||Indians. Shoshone and Arapahoe Tribes.|
|Chap. 723||25 U. S. C. 613.|
|Chap. 723||Per capita payments.|
|Sec. 2||Report to Congress.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 3 of the Act entitled "An Act to authorize the segregation and expenditure of trust funds held in joint ownership by the Shoshone and Arapahoe Tribes of the Wind River Reservation", approved May 19, 1947 (ch. 80, 61 Stat. 102), as amended, is hereby amended to read as follows:
"SEC. 3. Notwithstanding any other provision of existing law, the trust funds credited to the Shoshone Tribe and the Arapahoe Tribe, respectively, under the provisions of this Act shall be available for expenditure or for advance to the tribe for such purposes as may be requested by the tribal council and approved by the Secretary of the Interior or such official as may be designated by him: Provided, That commencing with the quarterly period beginning April 1, 1956, 85 per centum of all sums credited to said trust funds during the period ending May 19, 1959, shall be paid on the first day of September, the first day of December, the first day of March, and the first day of June each year, per capita, to the individual members of said tribes: Provided further, That said per capita payments shall not be subject to an lien or claim of any nature against any of the members of said tries unless the tribal council of such member shall consent thereto in writing, except as to reimbursable Treasury loans made to individual members of either tribe which may be due to the United States,
and except as to irrigation charges owed by individual Indians to the United States with respect to lands for which water is requested and received by said individual Indians, and with respect to lands that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be properly classified under existing law on the basis of a survey to be undertaken by the Secretary after the date of the enactment of this Act: Provided further, That nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the existing authority of the Secretary to protect and conserve the per capita funds payable to members of the tribes who are minors, non compos mentis, or who, in the opinion of the Secretary, are in need of assistance in conducting their affairs."
As a basis for determining the conditions under which per capita payments may be authorized after May 19, 1959, the Secretary of the Interior is requested to report to the Congress before January 1, 1958, (1) his recommendations regarding any new authority, if any, that he believes is needed in order to protect adequately the interests of minors and incompetent Indians, (2) the results of a survey and reclassification of the lands that should be removed from the irrigation project, and (3) the adequacy of the tribal contribution to the cost of administering the reservation.
Approved, July 25, 1956.