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|Public Law 91-417||Chemehuevi Tribe of Indians. Judgment funds, disposition.|
|Sec. 2||Enrollment applications, filing.|
|Sec. 4||Tax exemption.|
|Sec. 6||Costs, payment.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the funds on deposit in the Treasury of the United States to the credit of the Chemehuevi Tribe of Indians which were appropriated (by the Act entitled "An Act making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1965, and for other purposes", approved April 30, 1965 (79 Stat. 81)), to pay the judgment awarded by the Indian Claims Commission (dockets numbered 351 and 351-A), together with interest thereon, shall be distributed by the Secretary of the Interior (hereafter in this Act referred to as "Secretary") in equal shares to those persons whose names appear on the roll prepared in accordance with section 2 of this Act.
(a) (1) The Secretary shall prepare a roll of all persons—
(A) who were born on or prior to and living on the date of
enactment of this Act;
(B) who are lineal descendants of members of the Chemehuevi Tribe as it existed in 1860; and
(C) whose name or the name of a lineal ancestor appears as a Chemehuevi Indian on any available census roll or other record or evidence acceptable to the Secretary.
(2) Applications for enrollment must be filed in the manner and within the time limits prescribed by the Secretary for that purpose. The determination of the Secretary regarding the utilization of available rolls or records and the eligibility for enrollment of an applicant shall be final.
(b) Any person who has applied for and has been determined as eligible to share in the awards granted by the Indian Claims Commission in dockets numbered 88, 330, and 330-A, to the Southern Paiute Indian Nation or in dockets numbered 31, 37, 80, 80-D, 176, 215, 333, and 347, to "Certain Indians of California" shall not be entitled to share in the awards granted under this Act.
The Secretary shall distribute a share payable to a living enrollee directly to such enrollee. The Secretary shall distribute the per capita share of a deceased enrollee to his heirs or legatees upon proof of death and inheritance satisfactory to the Secretary. 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, including the establishment of trusts, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate to protect their best interests.
No part of any funds distributed under this Act shall be subject to Federal or State income taxes.
The roll prepared by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to this Act shall not be deemed to constitute the membership roll of the Chemehuevi Tribe.
The Secretary may make appropriate withdrawals from the
judgment funds and interest thereon, using interest funds first, to pay costs incident to carrying out the provisions of this Act.
Approved, September 25, 1970.