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S. 964 (rs) To provide for equitable compensation for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and for other purposes. [Reported in Senate] ...
Union Calendar No. 568 106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 964 [Report No. 106-944] _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 27, 2000 Referred to the Committee on Resources October 6, 2000 Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To provide for equitable compensation for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, TITLE I--CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE EQUITABLE COMPENSATION SEC. 101. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the ``Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Equitable Compensation Act''. SEC. 102. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) by enacting the Act of December 22, 1944, (58 Stat. 887, chapter 665; 33 U.S.C. 701-1 et seq.), commonly known as the ``Flood Control Act of 1944'', Congress approved the Pick- Sloan Missouri River Basin program (referred to in this section as the ``Pick-Sloan program'')-- (A) to promote the general economic development of the United States; (B) to provide for irrigation above Sioux City, Iowa; (C) to protect urban and rural areas from devastating floods of the Missouri River; and (D) for other purposes; (2) the Oahe Dam and Reservoir project-- (A) is a major component of the Pick-Sloan program, and contributes to the economy of the United States by generating a substantial amount of hydropower and impounding a substantial quantity of water; (B) overlies the eastern boundary of the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation; and (C) has not only contributed little to the economy of the Tribe, but has severely damaged the economy of the Tribe and members of the Tribe by inundating the fertile, wooded bottom lands of the Tribe along the Missouri River that constituted the most productive agricultural and pastoral lands of the Tribe and the homeland of the members of the Tribe; (3) the Secretary of the Interior appointed a Joint Tribal Advisory Committee that examined the Oahe Dam and Reservoir project and concluded that-- (A) the Federal Government did not justify, or fairly compensate the Tribe for, the Oahe Dam and Reservoir project when the Federal Government acquired 104,492 acres of land of the Tribe for that project; and (B) the Tribe should be adequately compensated for the land acquisition described in subparagraph (A); (4) after applying the same method of analysis as is used for the compensation of similarly situated Indian tribes, the Comptroller General of the United States (referred to in this title as the ``Comptroller General'') determined that the appropriate amount of compensation to pay the Tribe for the land acquisition described in paragraph (3)(A) would be $290,723,000; (5) the Tribe is entitled to receive additional financial compensation for the land acquisition described in paragraph (3)(A) in a manner consistent with the determination of the Comptroller General described in paragraph (4); and (6) the establishment of a trust fund to make amounts available to the Tribe under this title is consistent with the principles of self-governance and self-determination. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this title are as follows: (1) To provide for additional financial compensation to the Tribe for the acquisition by the Federal Government of 104,492 acres of land of the Tribe for the Oahe Dam and Reservoir project in a manner consistent with the determinations of the Comptroller General described in subsection (a)(4). (2) To provide for the establishment of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Recovery Trust Fund, to be managed by the Secretary of the Treasury in order to make payments to the Tribe to carry out projects under a plan prepared by the Tribe. SEC. 103. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) Tribe.--The term ``Tribe'' means the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, which is comprised of the Itazipco, Siha Sapa, Minniconjou, and Oohenumpa bands of the Great Sioux Nation that reside on the Cheyenne River Reservation, located in central South Dakota. (2) Tribal council.--The term ``Tribal Council'' means the governing body of the Tribe. SEC. 104. CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBAL RECOVERY TRUST FUND. (a) Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Recovery Trust Fund.--There is established in the Treasury of the United States a fund to be known as the ``Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Recovery Trust Fund'' (referred to in this title as the ``Fund''). The Fund shall consist of any amounts deposited into the Fund under this title. (b) Funding.--On the first day of the 11th fiscal year that begins after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury shall, from the General Fund of the Treasury, deposit into the Fund established under subsection (a)-- (1) $290,722,958; and (2) an additional amount that equals the amount of interest that would have accrued on the amount described in paragraph (1) if such amount had been invested in interest-bearing obligations of the United States, or in obligations guaranteed as to both principal and interest by the United States, on the first day of the first fiscal year that begins after the date of enactment of this Act and compounded annually thereafter. (c) Investment of Trust Fund.--It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to invest such portion of the Fund as is not, in the Secretary of Treasury's judgment, required to meet current withdrawals. Such investments may be made only in interest-bearing obligations of the United States or in obligations guaranteed as to both principal and interest by the United States. The Secretary of the Treasury shall deposit interest resulting from such investments into the Fund. (d) Payment of Interest to Tribe.-- (1) Withdrawal of interest.--Beginning on the first day of the 11th fiscal year after the date of enactment of this Act and, on the first day of each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary of the Treasury shall withdraw the aggregate amount of interest deposited into the Fund for that fiscal year and transfer that amount to the Secretary of the Interior for use in accordance with paragraph (2). Each amount so transferred shall be available without fiscal year limitation. (2) Payments to tribe.-- (A) In general.--The Secretary of the Interior shall use the amounts transferred under paragraph (1) only for the purpose of making payments to the Tribe, as such payments are requested by the Tribe pursuant to tribal resolution. (B) Limitation.--Payments may be made by the Secretary of the Interior under subparagraph (A) only after the Tribe has adopted a plan under subsection (f). (C) Use of payments by tribe.--The Tribe shall use the payments made under subparagraph (B) only for carrying out projects and programs under the plan prepared under subsection (f). (e) Transfers and Withdrawals.--Except as provided in subsections (c) and (d)(1), the Secretary of the Treasury may not transfer or withdraw any amount deposited under subsection (b). (f) Plan.-- (1) In general.--Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the governing body of the Tribe shall prepare a plan for the use of the payments to the Tribe under subsection (d) (referred to in this subsection as the ``plan''). (2) Contents of plan.--The plan shall provide for the manner in which the Tribe shall expend payments to the Tribe under subsection (d) to promote-- (A) economic development; (B) infrastructure development; (C) the educational, health, recreational, and social welfare objectives of the Tribe and its members; or (D) any combination of the activities described in subparagraphs (A) through (C). (3) Plan review and revision.-- (A) In general.--The Tribal Council shall make available for review and comment by the members of the Tribe a copy of the plan before the plan becomes final, in accordance with procedures established by the Tribal Council. (B) Updating of plan.--The Tribal Council may, on an annual basis, revise the plan to update the plan. In revising the plan under this subparagraph, the Tribal Council shall provide the members of the Tribe opportunity to review and comment on any proposed revision to the plan. (C) Consultation.--In preparing the plan and any revisions to update the plan, the Tribal Council shall consult with the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. (4) Audit.-- (A) In general.--The activities of the Tribe in carrying out the plan shall be audited as part of the annual single-agency audit that the Tribe is required to prepare pursuant to the Office of Management and Budget circular numbered A-133. (B) Determination by auditors.--The auditors that conduct the audit described in subparagraph (A) shall-- (i) determine whether funds received by the Tribe under this section for the period covered by the audit were expended to carry out the plan in a manner consistent with this section; and (ii) include in the written findings of the audit the determination made under clause (i). (C) Inclusion of findings with publication of proceedings of tribal council.--A copy of the written findings of the audit described in subparagraph (A) shall be inserted in the published minutes of the Tribal Council proceedings for the session at which the audit is presented to the Tribal Council. (g) Prohibition on Per Capita Payments.--No portion of any payment made under this title may be distributed to any member of the Tribe on a per capita basis. SEC. 105. ELIGIBILITY OF TRIBE FOR CERTAIN PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. No payment made to the Tribe under this title shall result in the reduction or denial of any service or program with respect to which, under Federal law-- (1) the Tribe is otherwise entitled because of the status of the Tribe as a federally recognized Indian tribe; or (2) any individual who is a member of the Tribe is entitled because of the status of the individual as a member of the Tribe. SEC. 106. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated such funds as may be necessary to cover the administrative expenses of the Fund. SEC. 107. EXTINGUISHMENT OF CLAIMS. Upon the deposit of funds (together with interest) into the Fund under section 104(b), all monetary claims that the Tribe has or may have against the United States for the taking, by the United States, of the land and property of the Tribe for the Oahe Dam and Reservoir Project of the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin program shall be extinguished. TITLE II--BOSQUE REDONDO MEMORIAL SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the ``Bosque Redondo Memorial Act''. SEC. 202. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) in 1863, the United States detained nearly 9,000 Navajo and forced their migration across nearly 350 miles of land to Bosque Redondo, a journey known as the ``Long Walk''; (2) Mescalero Apache people were also incarcerated at Bosque Redondo; (3) the Navajo and Mescalero Apache people labored to plant crops, dig irrigation ditches and build housing, but drought, cutworms, hail, and alkaline Pecos River water created severe living conditions for nearly 9,000 captives; (4) suffering and hardships endured by the Navajo and Mescalero Apache people forged a new understanding of their strengths as Americans; (5) the Treaty of 1868 was signed by the United States and the Navajo tribes, recognizing the Navajo Nation as it exists today; (6) the State of New Mexico has appropriated a total of $123,000 for a planning study and for the design of the Bosque Redondo Memorial; (7) individuals and businesses in DeBaca County donated $6,000 toward the production of a brochure relating to the Bosque Redondo Memorial; (8) the Village of Fort Sumner donated 70 acres of land to the State of New Mexico contiguous to the existing 50 acres comprising Fort Sumner State Monument, contingent on the funding of the Bosque Redondo Memorial; (9) full architectural plans and the exhibit design for the Bosque Redondo Memorial have been completed; (10) the Bosque Redondo Memorial project has the encouragement of the President of the Navajo Nation and the President of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, who have each appointed tribal members to serve as project advisors; (11) the Navajo Nation, the Mescalero Tribe and the National Park Service are collaborating to develop a symposium on the Bosque Redondo Long Walk and a curriculum for inclusion
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