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Posted: September 18, 2018
More: class iii, comanche, compacts, gaming, oklahoma

The State of Oklahoma entered into compact amendments with the Comanche Nation governing certain forms of class III gaming; this notice announces the approval of the State of Oklahoma Gaming Compact Non-house-Banked Table Games Supplement between the State of Oklahoma and the Comanche Nation.


Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) Public Law 100-497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. As required by IGRA and 25 CFR 293.4, all compacts and amendments are subject to review and approval by the Secretary. The compact amendments authorize the Tribes to engage in certain additional class III gaming activities, provide for the application of existing revenue sharing agreements to the additional forms of class III gaming, and designate how the State will distribute revenue sharing funds.



Posted: September 17, 2018
More: class ii, fees, igra, information collection

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC or Commission) is announcing its submission, concurrently with the publication of this notice or soon thereafter, of the following information collection requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.


The Commission is seeking comments on the renewal of information collections for the following activities: (i) Indian gaming management contract-related submissions, as authorized by OMB Control Number 3141-0004 (expires on November 30, 2018); (ii) Indian gaming fee payments-related submissions, as authorized by OMB Control Number 3141-0007 (expires on November 30, 2018); (iii) minimum internal control standards for class II gaming submission and recordkeeping requirements, as authorized by OMB Control Number 3141-0009 (expires on November 30, 2018); (iv) facility license-related submission and recordkeeping requirements, as authorized by OMB Control Number 3141-0012 (expires on November 30, 2018); and (v) minimum technical standards for class II gaming systems and equipment submission and recordkeeping requirements, as authorized by OMB Control Number 3141-0014 (expires on November 30, 2018).



Posted: September 14, 2018
More: california, eis, gaming, igra, wilton

Notice of adoption and recirculation of the final environmental impact statement for the Wilton Rancheria Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project.


The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) is adopting the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Department of the Interior, December 2016 Final Environmental Impact Statement (the “BIA EIS”) for the Wilton Rancheria (Tribe) Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project in Elk Grove, California. The NIGC is adopting the BIA EIS to satisfy the NIGC's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) obligations related to the Tribe's request for the NIGC Chairman's approval of a gaming management agreement between the Tribe and BGM Co, Inc. (BGM).


The NIGC will execute a Record of Decision (ROD) no sooner than 30 days following publication by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its Notice of Availability of the BIA EIS (EPA Notice) in the Federal Register.



Posted: September 11, 2018
More: class iii, compacts, gaming, oklahoma

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a notice in the Federal Register of August 17, 2018, containing a list of approved Tribal-State Class III gaming compacts (83 FR 41101) that inadvertently omitted one Tribe from the second list.


In the Federal Register of August 17, 2018, in 83 FR 41101, on page 41101, in the third column, correct the Summary caption to read:


The State of Oklahoma entered into compact amendments with the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Kaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Seneca-Cayuga Nation, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma governing certain forms of class III gaming; this notice announces the approval of the State of Oklahoma Gaming Compact Non-House-Banked Table Games Supplement between the State of Oklahoma and the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Kaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Seneca-Cayuga Nation, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, and Wyandotte Nation.



Posted: September 11, 2018
More: arizona, land-into-trust, tohono o'odham

The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs made a final determination to acquire 81.31 acres, more or less into trust for the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona on August 22, 2018.


This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by part 209 of the Departmental Manual, and is published to comply with the requirement of 25 CFR 151.12(c)(2)(ii) that notice of the decision to acquire land in trust be promptly published in the Federal Register.


On August 22, 2018, the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs issued a decision to accept approximately 81.31 acres, more or less, of land in trust for Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona under the authority of the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act, Public Law 99-503, 100 Stat. 1798 (1986). Subject lands will become part of the Gila Bend Indian Reservation.


The Western Regional Director, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, will immediately acquire title in the name of the United States of America in trust for the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona upon fulfillment of Departmental requirements.



Posted: September 11, 2018
More: alaska, alaska native, liquor

This notice publishes the liquor control ordinance of the Craig Tribal Association of Craig, Alaska. The liquor control ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale, manufacture, and distribution of alcohol in conformity with the laws of the State of Alaska.


Pursuant to the Act of August 15, 1953, Public Law 82-277, 67 Stat. 5856, 18 U.S.C. 1161, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Rice V. Rehner, 463 U.S. 713 (1983), the Secretary of the Interior shall certify and publish in the Federal Register notice of adopted liquor control ordinances for the purpose of regulating liquor transactions in Indian Country. The Craig Tribal Association of Craig, Alaska duly adopted the Craig Tribal Association of Craig, Alaska's Alcohol Control Ordinance on November 14, 2017, and subsequently amended it on March 21, 2018, April 18, 2018, and June 14, 2018.


This notice is published in accordance with the authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. I certify that the Craig Tribal Association of Craig, Alaska duly adopted by resolution the Craig Tribal Association of Craig, Alaska's Alcohol Control Ordinance enacted November 14, 2017, by Res. No. CTA 2017-43 and amended March 21, 2018, April 18, 2018, and June 14, 2018 by vote of the council to clarify language and to correct organizational errors.



Posted: September 11, 2018
More: iowa, liquor, nebraska, ponca

This notice publishes the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's Liquor Control Ordinance. This Liquor Control Ordinance is to regulate and control the possession, sale, manufacture, and distribution of alcohol in conformity with the laws of the State of Nebraska for the purpose of generating new Tribal revenues. Enactment of this Ordinance will help provide a source of revenue to strengthen Tribal government, provide for the economic viability of Tribal enterprises, and improve delivery of Tribal government services.


Pursuant to the Act of August 15, 1953, Public Law 83-277, 67 Stat. 586, 18 U.S.C. 1161, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Rice v. Rehner, 463 U.S. 713 (1983), the Secretary of the Interior shall certify and publish in the Federal Register notice of adopted liquor control laws for the purpose of regulating liquor transactions in Indian country. The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska duly adopted the Liquor Control Ordinance on July 21, 2018.


This notice is published in accordance with the authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. I certify that the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Council duly adopted by Resolution this Liquor Control Ordinance by Resolution No. 18-43, on July 21, 2018.



Posted: September 7, 2018
More: economic development, information collection, loans

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs (AS-IA) is proposing to renew an information collection.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format.


We are soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of the AS-IA; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the AS-IA enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the AS-IA minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology.



Posted: September 7, 2018
More: bie, meetings, new mexico

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is announcing that the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children will hold a public meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) for Indian children with disabilities.


The Advisory Board will meet Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time. A public comment period is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mountain Time. In order for written comments to be considered by the Advisory Board during the meeting, comments must be received by September 17, 2018.


The meeting will be held at the 1011 Indian School Rd. NW, Large Conference Room on the 3rd floor in Albuquerque, NM 87104. Telephone number: (480) 777-7986. Those wishing to participate via conference call may do so by calling in to telephone number 1-888-417-0376, passcode 1509140.



Posted: August 30, 2018
More: bears ears, utah

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is publishing this Notice in accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The BLM gives notice that the Secretary of the Interior is establishing the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee (BENM-MAC). This Notice is also seeking nominations for individuals to be considered as BENM-MAC members.


The BENM-MAC will provide information and advice regarding the development of the Management Plan and, as appropriate, management of the Monument to the Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of the BLM, and the Secretary of Agriculture through the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service (FS). Committee duties and responsibilities are solely advisory in nature.


The BENM-MAC will consist of 15 members to be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture as follows:


(1) An elected official from San Juan County representing the County;


(2) A representative of State government;


(3) A representative with paleontological expertise;


(4) A representative with archaeological or historic expertise;


(5) A representative of the conservation community;


(6) A representative of livestock grazing permittees within the Monument;


(7) Two representatives of Tribal interests;


(8) Two representatives of developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities, including for example, commercial/charter or recreation fishing;


(9) A representative of dispersed recreational activities, including, for example, hunting and shooting sports;


(10) A representative of private landowners;


(11) A representative of local business owners; and,


(12) Two representatives of the public at large, including, for example, sportsmen and sportswomen communities.


Members will be appointed to staggered 3-year terms.



Posted: August 29, 2018
More: icwa, information collection, tribal courts

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are proposing to renew an information collection.


Abstract: The BIA is seeking to renew the information collection conducted under 25 CFR 13, Tribal Reassumption of Jurisdiction over Child Custody Proceedings, which prescribes procedures by which an Indian tribe that occupies a reservation over which a state asserts any jurisdiction pursuant to federal law may reassume jurisdiction over Indian child proceedings as authorized by the Indian Child Welfare Act, Public Law 95-608, 92 Stat. 3069, 25 U.S.C. 1918.


The collection of information will ensure that the provisions of Public Law 95-608 are met. Any Indian Tribe that became subject to State jurisdiction pursuant to the provisions of the Act of August 15, 1953 (67 Stat. 588), as amended by title IV of the Act of April 11, 1968 (82 Stat. 73,78), or pursuant to any other Federal law, may reassume jurisdiction over child custody proceedings. The collection of information provides data that will be used in considering the petition and feasibility of the plan of the Tribe for reassumption of jurisdiction over Indian child custody proceedings. We collect the following information: Full name, address, and telephone number of petitioning Tribe or Tribes; a Tribal resolution; estimated total number of members in the petitioning Tribe of Tribes with an explanation of how the number was estimated; current criteria for Tribal membership; citation to provision in Tribal constitution authorizing the Tribal governing body to exercise jurisdiction over Indian child custody matters; description of Tribal court; copy of any Tribal ordinances or Tribal court rules establishing procedures or rules for exercise of jurisdiction over child custody matters; and all other information required by 25 CFR 13.11.



Posted: August 29, 2018
More: colorado, energy, meetings

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) published a document in the Federal Register of August 13, 2018, announcing the fourth meeting of the Royalty Policy Committee (Committee). The document contained an incorrect meeting location.

The Committee meeting will be held at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel, 360 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, CO 80228.



Posted: August 28, 2018
More: hip, housing, information collection

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is proposing to renew an information collection.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format.


We are soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of the BIA (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the BIA enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the BIA minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology.


Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.


Abstract: Submission of this information allows BIA to determine applicant eligibility for housing services based upon the criteria referenced in 25 CFR 256.9 (repairs and renovation assistance) and 256.10 (replacement housing assistance). Enrolled members of federally recognized tribes, who live within a tribe's designated and approved service area, submit information on an application form.



Posted: August 23, 2018
More: california, museums, nagpra, new mexico, pueblo

The Riverside Metropolitan Museum, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the cultural item listed in this notice meets the definition of sacred objects. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim this cultural item should submit a written request to the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. If no additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural item to the lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.


Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim this cultural item should submit a written request with information in support of the claim to the Riverside Metropolitan Museum at the address in this notice by September 24, 2018.


At an unknown date, one cultural item was removed from San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico. The sacred object was associated with John Trujillo, San Juan Pueblo. The donor gave the cultural item to the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside, CA on May 23, 1985. The sacred object is a prayer stick.


Written in orange ink on the plain hand end of the carved wood prayer stick is “John Trujillo/San Juan Pueblo”.



Posted: August 17, 2018
More: class iii, compacts, gaming, oklahoma

The State of Oklahoma entered into compact amendments with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and with the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma governing certain forms of class III gaming; this notice announces the approval of the State of Oklahoma Gaming Compact Non-house-Banked Table Games Supplement between the State of Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma.


Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) Public Law 100-497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. As required by IGRA and 25 CFR 293.4, all compacts and amendments are subject to review and approval by the Secretary. The compact amendments authorize the Tribes to engage in certain additional class III gaming activities, provide for the application of existing revenue sharing agreements to the additional forms of class III gaming, and designate how the State will distribute revenue sharing funds.


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