H.R. 3306 (88th): An Act to establish a revolving fund from which the Secretary of the Interior may make loans ...

...to finance the procurement of expert assistance by Indian tribes in cases before the Indian Claims Commission

88th Congress, 1963–1964. Text as of Nov 04, 1963 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

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77 STAT. ]            PUBLIC LAW 88-168-NOV. 4, 1963                                             301

Public Law 88-167
                                 AN ACT                                         November 4, 1963
To amend the Act of August 9, 1955, for the purpose of including the Fort         [H. R. 2635]
  Mojave Indian Reservation among reservations excepted from the twenty-five
  year lease limitations.

  Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That the second
sentence of section 1 of the Act of August 9, 1955 (69 Stat. 539), as
amended (25 U.S.C. 415), is hereby further amended by inserting the              73 stat. 597.
words "the Fort Mojave Reservation," after the words "the Southern
Ute Reservation,".
   Approved November 4, 1963.


Public Law 88-168
                                 AN   ACT                                       November 4, 1963
To establish a revolving fund from which the Secretary of the Interior may         [H. R. 3306]
  make loans to finance the procurement of expert assistance by Indian tribes
  in cases before the Indian Claims Commission.

   Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is Indians.
hereby authorized to be appropriated the sum of $900,000 for the es^abuihmfn""'^'
establishment of a revolving fund from which the Secretary of
the Interior may make loans to Indian tribes and bands and to
other identifiable groups of American Indians residing within the
territorial limits of the United States for use by them in obtaining
expert assistance, other than the assistance of counsel, for the prepa-
ration and trial of claims pending before the Indian Claims
Commission.
   SEC. 2. No loan shall be made under this Act to a tribe, band, or
group if it has funds available on deposit in the Federal Treasury
or elsewhere in an amount adequate to obtain the expert assistance
it needs or if, in the opinion of the Secretary, the fees to be paid
the experts are unreasonable in light of the services to be per-
formed by them.
   SEC. 3. Every loan made under this Act shall be reported to the Report to con-
Committees on Interior and Insular Affairs of the Senate and House m7tte^es"^^ ""^
of Representatives within fifteen days of the time it is made.
   SEC. 4. Any loan made under this Act shall bear interest and shall,
together with such interest, be repayable out of the proceeds of any
judgment recovered by the tribe, band, or group on its claim against
the United States. If no judgment is recovered or if the amount of
the judgment recovered is inadequate to repay the loan and interest
thereon, the unpaid amount may be declared nonrepayable by the
Secretary.
   SEC. 5. Repayments of loans made under this Act and of interest
thereon shall be credited to the revolving fund established under
the first section of this Act.
   SEC. 6. No liability shall attach to the United States because
of a failure to make a loan in the amount requested.
   SEC. 7. After the date of the approval of this Act, the Secretary
of the Interior shall approve no contract which makes the compen-
sation payable to a witness before the Indian Claims Commission
contingent upon the recovery of a judgment against the United
States.
   Approved November 4, 1963.