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                                                       Calendar No. 265
  1st Session
                                 S. 28

                          [Report No. 106-144]

  To authorize an interpretive center and related visitor facilities 
 within the Four Corners Monument Tribal Park, and for other purposes.



                            January 19, 1999

 Mr. Hatch (for himself, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Campbell, Mr. 
Domenici, and Mr. Allard) introduced the following bill; which was read 
  twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

                              May 12, 1999

   Committee discharged; referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs

                            August 27, 1999

Reported under authority of the order of the Senate of August 5, 1999, 
                   by Mr. Campbell, with an amendment
 [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed 
                               in italic]


                                 A BILL

  To authorize an interpretive center and related visitor facilities 
 within the Four Corners Monument Tribal Park, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


<DELETED>    This Act may be cited as the ``Four Corners Interpretive 
Center Act''.</DELETED>


<DELETED>    (a) Findings.--Congress finds that--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) the Four Corners Monument is nationally 
        significant as the only geographic location in the United 
        States where 4 State boundaries meet;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) the States with boundaries that meet at the 
        Four Corners are Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and 
        <DELETED>    (3) between 1868 and 1875 the boundary lines that 
        created the Four Corners were drawn, and in 1899 a monument was 
        erected at the site;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) a United States postal stamp will be issued in 
        1999 to commemorate the centennial of the original boundary 
        <DELETED>    (5) the Four Corners area is distinct in character 
        and possess important historical, cultural, and prehistoric 
        values and resources within the surrounding cultural 
        <DELETED>    (6) although there are no permanent facilities or 
        utilities at the Four Corners Monument Tribal Park, each year 
        the park attracts approximately 250,000 visitors;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (7) the area of the Four Corners Monument Tribal 
        Park falls entirely within the Navajo Nation or Ute Mountain 
        Ute Tribe reservations;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (8) the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute 
        Tribe have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding governing 
        the planning and future development of the Four Corners 
        Monument Tribal Park;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (9) in 1992, through agreements executed by the 
        governors of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, the Four 
        Corners Heritage Council was established as a coalition of 
        State, Federal, tribal, and private interests;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (10) the State of Arizona has obligated $45,000 
        for planning efforts and $250,000 for construction of an 
        interpretive center at the Four Corners Monument Tribal 
        <DELETED>    (11) numerous studies and extensive consultation 
        with American Indians have demonstrated that development at the 
        Four Corners Monument tribal park would greatly benefit the 
        people of the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute 
        <DELETED>    (12) the Arizona Department of Transportation has 
        completed preliminary cost estimates that are based on field 
        experience with rest-area development for the construction of a 
        Four Corners Monument Interpretive Center and surrounding 
        infrastructure, including restrooms, roadways, parking, water, 
        electrical, telephone, and sewage facilities;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (13) an interpretive center would provide 
        important educational and enrichment opportunities for all 
        <DELETED>    (14) Federal financial assistance and technical 
        expertise are needed for the construction of an interpretive 
<DELETED>    (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) to recognize the importance of the Four 
        Corners Monument and surrounding landscape as a distinct area 
        in the heritage of the United States that is worthy of 
        interpretation and preservation;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) to assist the Navajo and the Ute Mountain Ute 
        Tribe in establishing the Four Corners Interpretive Center and 
        related facilities to meet the needs of the general 
        <DELETED>    (3) to highlight and showcase the collaborative 
        resource stewardship of private individuals, Indian tribes, 
        universities, Federal agencies, and the governments of States 
        and political subdivisions thereof (including 
        <DELETED>    (4) to promote knowledge of the life, art, 
        culture, politics, and history of the culturally diverse groups 
        of the Four Corners region.</DELETED>


<DELETED>    As used in this Act:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) Center.--The term ``Center'' means the Four 
        Corners Interpretive Center established under section 4, 
        including restroom, parking areas, vendor facilities, 
        sidewalks, utilities, exhibits, and other visitor 
        <DELETED>    (2) Four corners heritage council.--The term 
        ``Four Corners Heritage Council'' means the nonprofit coalition 
        of Federal, State, and tribal entities established in 1992 by 
        agreements of the Governors of the States of Arizona, Colorado, 
        New Mexico, and Utah.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the 
        Secretary of the Interior.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) Recipient.--The term ``Recipient'' means the 
        State of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, or Utah, or any 
        consortium of two or more of these states.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (5) Four corners monument.--The term ``Four 
        Corners Monument'' means the physical monument where the 
        boundaries of the States of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and 
        Utah meet.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (6) Four corners monument tribal park.--The term 
        ``Four Corners Monument Tribal Park'' means lands within the 
        legally defined boundary of the Four Corners Monument Tribal 


<DELETED>    (a) Establishment.--Subject to the availability of 
appropriations, the Secretary is authorized to establish within the 
boundaries of the Four Corners Monument Tribal Park a center for the 
interpretation and commemoration of the Four Corners Monument, to be 
known as the ``Four Corners Interpretive Center.''</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (b) Land for the Center shall be designated and made 
available by the Navajo Nation or the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe within the 
boundary of the Four Corners Monument Tribal Park in consultation with 
the Four Corners Heritage Council and in accordance with--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) the memorandum of understanding between the 
        Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe that was entered 
        into on October 22, 1996;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) applicable supplemental agreements with the 
        Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the 
        United States Forest Service.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (c) Concurrence.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
this act, no such center shall be established without the consent of 
the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (d) Components of Center.--The Center shall include--
        <DELETED>    (1) a location for permanent and temporary 
        exhibits depicting the archaeological, cultural, and natural 
        heritage of the Four Corners region;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) a venue for public education 
        <DELETED>    (3) a location to highlight the importance of 
        efforts to preserve southwestern archaeological sites and 
        museum collections;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (4) a location to provide information to the 
        general public about cultural and natural resources, parks, 
        museums, and travel in the Four Corners region.</DELETED>


<DELETED>    (a) Grant.--The Secretary is authorized to award a Federal 
grant to the recipient described in section 3(4) for up to 50 percent 
of the cost to construct the Center. To be eligible for the grant, the 
recipient shall provide assurances that:</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) The non-Federal share of the costs of 
        construction is paid from non-Federal sources. The non-Federal 
        sources may include contributions made by States, private 
        sources, the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe for 
        planning, design, construction, furnishing, startup, and 
        operational expenses.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) The aggregate amount of non-Federal funds 
        contributed by the States used to carry out the activities 
        specified in subparagraph (A) will not be less than $2,000,000, 
        of which each of the States that is party to the grant will 
        contribute equally in cash or in kind.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (3) The State of Arizona may apply $45,000 
        authorized by the State of Arizona during fiscal year 1998 for 
        planning and $250,000 that is held in reserve by the State for 
        construction toward the Arizona share.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (b) Grant Requirements.--In order to receive a grant under 
this act, the recipient shall--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) submit to the Secretary a proposal that meets 
        all applicable--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) laws, including building codes and 
                regulations; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) requirements under the Memorandum of 
                Understanding described in paragraph (2) of this 
                subsection; and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (C) provides such information and 
                assurances as the Secretary may require.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) The recipient shall enter into a Memorandum of 
        Understanding (MOU) with the Secretary providing--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (A) a timetable for completion of 
                construction and opening of the Center;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (B) assurances that design, architectural 
                and construction contracts will be competively 
                <DELETED>    (C) specifications meeting all applicable 
                Federal, State, and local building codes and 
                <DELETED>    (D) arrangements for operations and 
                maintenance upon completion of construction;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (E) a description of center collections 
                and educational programming;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (F) a plan for design of exhibits 
                including, but not limited to, collections to be 
                exhibited, security, preservation, protection, 
                environmental controls, and presentations in accordance 
                with professional museum standards;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    (G) an agreement with the Navajo Nation 
                and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe relative to site 
                selection and public access to the 
                <DELETED>    (H) a financing plan developed jointly by 
                the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe 
                outlining the long-term management of the Center, 
                including but not limited to--</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    (i) the acceptance and use of 
                        funds derived from public and private sources 
                        to minimize the use of appropriated or borrowed 
                        <DELETED>    (ii) the payment of the operating 
                        costs of the Center through the assessment of 
                        fees or other income generated by the 
                        <DELETED>    (iii) a strategy for achieving 
                        financial self-sufficiency with respect to the 
                        Center by not later than 5 years after the date 
                        of enactment of this Act;</DELETED>
                        <DELETED>    (iv) defining appropriate vendor 
                        standards and business activities at the Four 
                        Corners Monument Tribal Park.</DELETED>


<DELETED>    The Secretary is authorized to award a grant in accordance 
with the provisions of this act. The Four Corners Heritage Council may 
make recommendations to the Secretary on grant proposals regarding the 
design of facilities at the Four Corners Monument Tribal 


<DELETED>    (a) Authorizations.--There are authorized to be 
appropriated to carry out this act--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (1) $2,000,000 for fiscal year 2000; and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    (2) $50,000 for each of fiscal years 2001-2005 for 
        maintenance and operation of the center, program development, 
        or staffing in a manner consistent with the requirements of 
        Section 5(b).</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (b) Carryover--Any funds made available under this section 
that are unexpended at the end of the fiscal year for which those funds 
are appropriated, may be used by the Secretary through fiscal year 2002 
for the purposes for which those funds were made available.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    (c) Reservation of Funds.--The Secretary may reserve funds 
appropriated pursuant to this act until a proposal meeting the 
requirements of this act is submitted, but no later than September 30, 


<DELETED>    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for purposes 
of the planning, construction, and operation of the Center, the 
Secretary may accept, retain, and expend donations of funds, and use 
property or services donated from private persons and entities or from 
public entities.</DELETED>


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