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Tribal Regulations.

On April 12, 1999, the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued proposed rule no. RIN-1076-AD90 (Federal Register vol. 64 no. 69) which seeks to re-structure the procedure by which Indian lands are taken into trust by the federal government. NLC submitted comments in opposition to the proposed rule on August 27, 1999. NLC's main concerns with the proposed rule as drafted are as follows:

* The proposed rule establishes two different procedures to take land into trust for on-reservation versus off-reservation lands;

* The rule did not require the tribes to be bound by their proposed use of the land;

* The rule did not address the situation in which a tribe seeks to take into trust land which is within the incorporated boundaries of a city;

* The rule as drafted failed to comply with current presidential executive orders 12612 and 13083;

* The Bureau of Indian Affairs did not use accurate data to substantiate its fiscal findings with respect to the impact of trust status of Indian land on municipalities; and

* The rule does not have satisfactory notice provisions.
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Title Annotation:response to Bureau of Indian Affairs proposal to restructure land procedures
Author:Parnas, Susan; Whitman, Cameron
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 13, 1999
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