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August 13, 2010

Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ione Band of Miwok Indians 228.04-Acre Fee-to-Trust Land Transfer and Casino Project, Amador County, California

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the National Indian Gaming Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and the City of Plymouth as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the USEPA for the approval of a 228.04-acre trust acquisition and casino project in the City of Plymouth and unincorporated Amador County, California, and that the FEIS is now available for public review. The purpose of the proposed action is to establish a land base and help provide for the economic development of the Tribe.

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August 6, 2010

Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Fee-to-Trust Conveyance of Property for the Seminole Tribe of Florida

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs, in cooperation with the Seminole Tribe of Florida (Tribe), intends to prepare an environmental impact statement for the Tribe's proposed 47 acre trust acquisition and subsequent construction of a mixed-use development in Broward County, Florida. The project site may include, but is not limited to, a variety of proposed land uses such as a hotel, commercial retail uses, fitness and entertainment facilities, and related employee parking. The purposes of the proposed action are to consolidate the Tribe's land holdings surrounding the existing Coconut Creek Casino into one contiguous trust property, to improve the Tribe's economy, and to help Tribal members attain economic self sufficiency. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and content for inclusion in the environmental impact statement.

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Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Enterprise Rancheria Gaming Facility and Hotel Fee-to-Trust Acquisition Project, Yuba County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Enterprise Rancheria of Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Yuba County, California as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe's proposed Gaming Facility and Hotel Fee-to-Trust Acquisition Project to be located within unincorporated Yuba County, California, and that the FEIS is now available for public review.

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Final Environmental Impact Statement for the North Fork Rancheria's Proposed 305-Acre Trust Acquisition and Hotel/Casino Project, Madera County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians (Tribe), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Madera Irrigation District, City of Madera, National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe's proposed 305-acre trust acquisition and casino-resort project in unincorporated Madera County, just north of the City of Madera, California, and that the FEIS is now available for public review.

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians' Proposed 70-Acre Trust Acquisition and Resort Casino Project, Sonoma County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sonoma County, and City of Cloverdale as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe's proposed 70 acre Fee-to-Trust and Resort Casino Project to be located within Sonoma County, California, and that the DEIS is now available for public review and comment. This notice provides a 75-day public comment period and thereby grants an automatic 30-day extension to the normal 45-day public comment period.

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July 6, 2010

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes approval of the Compact between the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and the State of Nevada.

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Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Approved Compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida.

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June 18, 2010

Final Determination for Federal Acknowledgment of the Shinnecock Indian Nation

SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior (Department) gives notice that the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs (PDAS- IA) has determined the Shinnecock Indian Nation is entitled to be acknowledged as an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. This notice is based on a determination that affirms the reasoning, analysis, and conclusions in the Proposed Finding (PF). The petitioner satisfies the seven mandatory criteria for acknowledgment set forth in the applicable regulations, and therefore, meets the requirements for a government-to-government relationship with the United States. This notice is the Final Determination (FD). Based on the limited nature and extent of comment and consistent with prior practices, the Department did not produce any detailed report or other summary under the criteria pertaining to this FD.

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May 20, 2010

Deadline for Submission of Applications To Be Included on the Roll of Western Shoshone Identifiable Group of Indians for Judgment Fund Distribution

SUMMARY: This notice establishes the deadline by which applications must be received for eligible individuals to be listed on the roll that will be used as the basis for distributing the judgment funds awarded by the Indian Claims Commission to the Western Shoshone Identifiable Group of Indians in Docket No. 326-K.

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March 26, 2010

Tribal Consultation on Draft Buy Indian Act Regulations

SUMMARY: Indian Affairs will conduct consultation meetings with Indian tribes to obtain oral and written comments concerning draft regulations to implement the Buy Indian Act. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for details.

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August 31, 2009

Water Delivery and Electric Service Data for the Operation of Irrigation and Power Projects and Systems: Proposed Information Collection

SUMMARY: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is submitting the following information collections to the Office of Management and Budget for renewal: (1) Electrical Service Application, 25 CFR 175, OMB Control Number 1076- 0021; and (2) Water Request, 25 CFR 171, OMB Control Number 1076-0141. Current approvals for the collections expire August 31, 2009.

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August 28, 2009

Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara (MHA) Nation's Proposed Clean Fuels Refinery, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, Ward County, ND

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as co-lead agencies; and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as cooperating agencies, intend to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the EPA for the proposed Clean Fuels Refinery, and that the FEIS is now available for public review. The proposed Federal actions are: (1) The taking into trust of 469 acres of fee land by the BIA in support of the MHA Nation's proposal to construct and operate a clean fuels refinery and produce buffalo forage; and (2) the issuance by the EPA of a Clean Water Act, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Discharge (NPDES) permit for the discharge of treated wastewater from the proposed refinery.

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Proclaiming Certain Lands as a Reservation for the Match-e-be- nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan, aka, Gun Lake Tribe

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a document in the Federal Register of August 18, 2009, concerning the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs proclaiming approximately 147 acres as the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indian Reservation. The document contained an error in the legal description.

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August 27, 2009

Environmental Impact Statement for the Spokane Tribe's 2719(b)(1)(A) Application and for the Proposed West Plains Mixed-Use Development Project, Spokane County, WA

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a document in the Federal Register of August 19, 2009, advising the public that the BIA as Lead Agency, in cooperation with the Spokane Tribe of Indians (Tribe), intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposed mixed-use development and corresponding master plan for a 145-acre parcel of trust land adjacent to the City of Airway Heights, Spokane County, Washington. The DATES section of that notice contained incorrect dates; therefore, this notice republishes the content of the notice of August 19, 2009 with corrected dates.

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July 31, 2009

Kaw Nation Alcohol Control Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Kaw Nation Alcohol Control Ordinance. The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale, and consumption of liquor within the tribal lands. The tribal lands are located in Indian country and this Ordinance allows for possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within their boundaries. This Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the community's liquor distribution and possession, and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue for the continued operation and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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July 13, 2009

Restoration of Wilton Rancheria

SUMMARY: This notice is published pursuant to a court order and relates to restoration of the Wilton Miwok Rancheria, its members, and Dorothy Andrews, and the Me-Wuk Indian Community of the Wilton Rancheria. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for details.

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Alaska Native Claims Selection

SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving the reserved mineral estate in certain lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and Sec. 12(b)(3) of the Act of January 2, 1976, will be issued to Cook Inlet Region, Inc.

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July 3, 2009

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians' Proposed 534-Acre Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Riverside County, California

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Soboba Band of Luise[ntilde]o Indians (Tribe), City of San Jacinto and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe's proposed 534.91 acre trust acquisition and subsequent construction of a hotel/casino project to be located within the City of San Jacinto, Riverside County, California, and that the DEIS is now available for public review and comment. This notice provides a 75-day public comment period and thereby grants a 30-day extension to the normal 45-day public comment period.

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June 17, 2009

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes approval of the 2009 Amendments to the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (``Tribe'') and the State of Wisconsin Gaming Compact of 1991.

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April 1, 2009

Alcoholic Beverage Control Ordinance, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

SUMMARY: This notice publishes an amendment to the Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community's Code of Ordinances, Chapter 14, Articles I and II. This amended Code of Ordinances was last published on May 8, 1998 (63 FR 25516). Chapter 14 of the Code regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community's trust lands specified in Attachment A of Article II. The Code allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community trust lands. This Code will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the distribution and possession of liquor within its reservation and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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Proclaiming Certain Lands, Auburn School District Property, as an Addition to the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development proclaimed approximately 38.23 acres, more or less, to be added to the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington.

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March 27, 2009

Environmental Impact Statement for the Renewed Application for the Proposed Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and Casino-Hotel Project, San Bernardino County, CA

SUMMARY: Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is correcting its previous Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians' renewed application for a Proposed Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and Casino- Hotel Project in San Bernardino County, California. The corrections include adding cooperating agencies, reducing the acreage proposed for acquisition, and changing certain project details to reflect a smaller proposed development.

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Fort Sill Apache Tribe Alcohol Control Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes Fort Sill Apache Tribe Alcohol Control Ordinance. The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale, and consumption of liquor within the tribal lands. The tribal lands are located in Indian country and this Ordinance allows for possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within their boundaries. This Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the community's liquor distribution and possession, and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue for the continued operation and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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Proclaiming Certain Lands, Shalit Family Property, as an addition to the Pueblo of Laguna Reservation, New Mexico

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development proclaimed approximately 351.8363 acres, more or less, to be added to the Pueblo of Laguna Reservation (Laguna), New Mexico.

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Tulalip Liquor Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes an amendment to the Tulalip Tribe's Liquor Control Ordinance published in the Federal Register September 16, 1977 (42 FR 46612). The amendment regulates and controls the possession and consumption of liquor within the tribal lands. The tribal lands are located in Indian country and this amended Ordinance allows for possession of alcoholic beverages within their boundaries. This Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control liquor sales, possession and consumption by the community and its members.

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January 14, 2009

Alaska Native Claims Selection

SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Bean Ridge Corporation.

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January 9, 2009

Land Acquisitions; Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Washington

SUMMARY: The Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 22.00 acres of land into trust for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Washington on December 12, 2008. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.1. The duties of the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs were delegated to the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development on May 23, 2008.

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Notice of Deadline for Submitting Completed Applications To Begin Participation in the Tribal Self-Governance Program in Fiscal Year 2010 or Calendar Year 2010

SUMMARY: In this notice, the Office of Self-Governance (OSG) establishes a March 2, 2009, deadline for Indian tribes/consortia to submit completed applications to begin participation in the tribal self-governance program in fiscal year 2010 or calendar year 2010.

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Notice of Renewal of Information Collection for Tribal Self-Governance, 25 CFR Part 1000

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking comments from the public on a renewal of an information collection from Indian tribes participating in and Indian tribes seeking to participate in the Tribal Self-Governance, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The information collected under OMB Clearance Number, 1076-0143, will be used to meet reporting requirements of the Tribal Self-Governance Act and implement requirements for entry into a pool of qualified applicants to be selected to begin participation in Tribal Self- Governance. The information collection requirements are periodically reviewed because the number of Indian tribes participating in Tribal Self-Governance increases over time and the number of Indian tribes requesting to be selected to begin participation in Tribal Self- Governance may vary over time. This action is being taken to make sure that the requirements are not burdensome.

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January 6, 2009

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior is extending the deadline from December 8, 2008, to January 23, 2009, for tribes to nominate individuals for membership on the No Child Left Behind Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. This committee will work with the Department of the Interior to develop recommendations for proposed regulations regarding the BIE-funded school facilities as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

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December 5, 2008

Class III Tribal State Gaming Compact Process

SUMMARY: This rule establishes procedures for Indian tribes and States to submit Tribal-State compacts and compact amendments, governing the conduct of class III gaming activities on the tribe's Indian lands located within that State, for review and approval by the Secretary of the Interior.

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Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Liquor Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Liquor Ordinance of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Shingle Springs Indian Rancheria tribal land. The tribal land is located on trust land and this Ordinance allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages. This Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the distribution and possession of liquor within their tribal land, and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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November 13, 2008

Indian Trust Management Reform; Final Rule

SUMMARY: This final rule amends several Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Office of the Secretary regulations related to Indian trust management in the areas of probate, probate hearings and appeals, tribal probate codes, and life estates and future interests in Indian land. This rule allows the Secretary to further fulfill his fiduciary responsibilities to federally recognized tribes and individual Indians and to meet the Indian trust management policies articulated by Congress in the Indian Land Consolidation Act (ILCA), as amended by the American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004 (AIPRA).

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October 30, 2008

Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, or has an interest in, irrigation projects located on or associated with various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are required to establish irrigation assessment rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate these projects. We request your comments on the proposed rate adjustments.

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October 24, 2008

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes an approval of the First Amendment to the Tribal-State Compact between the Spokane Tribe and the State of Washington.

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Tribal Consultation on Proposed Special Education Policies and Procedures

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), Division of Performance and Accountability (DPA), will conduct tribal consultation meetings to obtain oral and written comments on proposed BIE Special Education Policies and Procedures. The proposed policies and procedures are available at http://www.enan.bia.edu under the ``News and Announcements'' section of the Web site or by calling the individual in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.

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October 23, 2008

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This publishes notice of an Amendment to a Compact between the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the State of Michigan providing for the conduct of Tribal-State Class III gaming by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians taking effect.

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October 10, 2008

Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for the Proposed Absaloka Mine Crow Reservation South Extension Coal Lease Approval, Mine Development Plan and Related Federal and State Permitting Actions, Big Horn County, MT

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) as joint lead agencies, with the Crow Tribe of Indians, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as cooperating agencies, intend to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the EPA for the proposed extension of the existing Absaloka mine onto the Crow Indian Reservation and for related federal and state permitting actions. This notice also announces that the BIA will simultaneously issue its Record of Decision (ROD) for approval of the Westmoreland Resources, Inc. (WRI) lease with the Crow Tribe for the South Extension coal lease tract on the Reservation, and the approval of all surface use agreements between WRI and the allottee surface owners in the South Extension tract. The FEIS and ROD are now available for public review.

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October 7, 2008

Land Acquisitions; Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, CA

SUMMARY: The Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 11.24 acres of land into trust for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake of California on September 8, 2008. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.1. The duties of the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs were delegated to the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development on May 23, 2008.

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Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This publishes notice of the 2008 Class III Gaming Compact between the Nez Perce Tribe and the State of Idaho taking effect.

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September 22, 2008

Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa Liquor Control Code

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Liquor Control Code of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa. The Code regulates and controls the possession, sale, and consumption of liquor within the tribal lands. The tribal lands are located in Indian Country and this Code allows for possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within their boundaries. This Code will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the tribe's liquor distribution and possession, and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue for the continued operation and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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September 19, 2008

Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Riverton Dome Coal Bed Natural Gas and Conventional Gas Development, Wind River Indian Reservation, Fremont County, WY

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Joint Business Council of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with EPA for the proposed coal bed natural gas and conventional gas development project, and that the FEIS is now available to the public.

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September 16, 2008

American Indian Population and Labor Force Report

SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs (AS-IA) is seeking comments on the American Indian Population and Labor Force Report as we prepare to reinstate the collection as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Demonstration Act (Act) of 1992 requires the Secretary to develop, maintain and publish, not less than biennially, a report on the population by gender, income level, age, and availability for work.

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September 9, 2008

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Approval of the Sixth Amendment to and Extension of the Agreement between the Crow Tribe of Montana and the State of Montana concerning Class III Gaming.

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September 2, 2008

Class III Tribal State Gaming Compact Process

SUMMARY: On July 2, 2008, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) proposed a rule to establish procedures for Indian tribes and States to submit Tribal-State compacts and compact amendments, governing the conduct of class III gaming activities on the tribe's Indian lands located within that State, for review and approval by the Secretary of the Interior (see 73 FR 37907). This notice extends the comment period for that proposed rule by 20 days, to September 22, 2008.

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August 8, 2008

Jicarilla Apache Nation Liquor Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Jicarilla Apache Nation Amended Liquor Ordinance. The amended Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale, and consumption of liquor within the Jicarilla Apache Nation. The Nation is located on trust land and this amended Ordinance allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the exterior boundaries of the Jicarilla Indian Reservation. This amended Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the distribution and possession of liquor within their Reservation and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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August 5, 2008

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: Notice is given that the State of Oklahoma and the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma (O-GAH-PAH) Off-Track Wagering Compact is considered approved and is in effect.

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August 4, 2008

Information Collection Activities, Submission to the Office of Management and Budget

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for approval and renewal of information collections, OMB Control No. 1076-0017, Financial Assistance and Social Service Program application form 5-6601.

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July 28, 2008

Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that approximately 4,137.00 acres, more or less, was proclaimed to be an addition to the Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation, New Mexico.

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July 11, 2008

Law and Order on Indian Reservations

SUMMARY: This final rule amends the Bureau of Indian Affairs regulation governing the Courts of Indian Offenses (otherwise known as CFR Courts) and the Law and Order Code. CFR Courts administer justice where Indian tribes retain exclusive jurisdiction over Indians but where tribal courts have not been established to exercise that jurisdiction. This final rule updates the list of Indian tribes for which Courts of Indian Offenses are established and for which the law and order provisions of the regulations apply. This final rule also clarifies jurisdictional limitations; adds offenses for drug abuse, abuse of psychotoxic substances, child abuse, prostitution, and family violence; and increases maximum penalties for various offenses.

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Alaska Native Claims Selection

SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be issued to Bering Straits Native Corporation for lands located in the vicinity of Council and Shaktoolik, Alaska. Notice of the decision will also be published four times in the Nome Nugget.

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July 10, 2008

Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe's Proposed 151.87-Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer, Reservation Proclamation, and Casino-Resort Project, Clark County, WA

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs is extending the date of issuance of the Record of Decision and reopening the comment period originally announced on May 30, 2008 (73 FR 31143) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe's Proposed 151.87-acre fee-to-trust transfer, reservation proclamation, and casino-resort project, in Clark County, Washington.

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July 7, 2008

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians Fee-to-Trust Acquisition and Casino-Hotel Project, Sonoma County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, with the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians (Tribe) as a cooperating agency, intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 79 acre fee-to-trust acquisition and casino and hotel project to be located within the City of Cloverdale's Sphere of Influence, in an unincorporated area of Sonoma County, California. The purpose of the proposed action is to help promote tribal economic development, self-sufficiency, and a strong tribal government. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues, concerns and alternatives to be considered in the EIS.

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July 2, 2008

Class III Tribal State Gaming Compact Process

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) proposes to establish procedures for Indian tribes and States to submit Tribal-State compacts and compact amendments, governing the conduct of class III gaming activities on the tribe's Indian lands located within that State, for review and approval by the Secretary of the Interior.

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June 30, 2008

Bureau of Indian Education, Adult Education Annual Report Form, Submission to the Office of Management and Budget

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Information Collection Request for Adult Education Annual Report Form OMB 1076-0120 is submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Bureau of Indian Education is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.

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June 24, 2008

Gaming on Trust Lands Acquired After October 17, 1988; Correction

SUMMARY: This document contains a correction to a final rule that was published May 20, 2008 (73 FR 29354). The regulation relates to gaming on trust lands acquired after October 17, 1988.

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June 20, 2008

Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Integrated Resource Management Plan for the Spokane Indian Reservation, Stevens County, WA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Spokane Tribe of Indians (Tribe), intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) for the Spokane Indian Reservation, Washington, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and that the FEIS is now available to the public. The proposed action would update the Tribe's existing IRMP, in order to continue long term resource management.

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June 18, 2008

Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of the Guidiville Indian Rancheria Liquor Control Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of the Guidiville Indian Rancheria Liquor Control Ordinance. The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of the Guidiville Indian Rancheria tribal land. The tribal land is located on trust land. This Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the distribution and possession of liquor within their tribal land, and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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June 6, 2008

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Renewed Application for the Proposed Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino-Hotel Project, San Bernardino County, California

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the National Indian Gaming Commission and Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupe[ntilde]o Indians (Tribe) as cooperating agencies, intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Tribe's renewed application for a proposed 45-acre fee-to-trust transfer and casino and hotel project to be located in San Bernardino County, California. The BIA did not approve the original application as submitted, hence published a Notice of Cancellation of work on the EIS on May 19, 2008, in the Federal Register (73 FR 28841).

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Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Petition for Tribal Reassumption

SUMMARY: This is a notice that the Department of the Interior has received a petition from the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas for the tribal reassumption of jurisdiction over Indian child custody proceedings. The petition is under review by, and may be inspected at, the address listed in the ADDRESSES section.

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June 5, 2008

Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns or has an interest in irrigation projects and facilities located on various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are authorized to establish rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate those facilities. We are notifying you that we have adjusted the irrigation assessment rates at several of our irrigation projects and facilities for operation and maintenance.

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June 4, 2008

Western Shoshone Application Form, Submission to Office of

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for the renewal of a tribal enrollment information collection as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The information, collected under OMB Control No. 1076- 0165, will be used to establish that the applicants meet the eligibility requirements to share in the Western Shoshone judgment fund distribution.

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May 30, 2008

Amended Proposed Finding Against Acknowledgment of the Biloxi, Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees, Inc. (BCCM) of Louisiana

SUMMARY: Pursuant to 25 CFR 83.10(h), the Department of the Interior (Department) gives notice that the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs (AS-IA) proposes to determine that the Biloxi, Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees, Inc. (BCCM), c/o Randy Verdun, 114 Retreat Drive, Bourg, Lousiana 70343, is not an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. This notice is based on a determination that the petitioner does not satisfy all seven of the criteria set forth in Part 83 of Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations (25 CFR part 83), specifically criteria 83.7(b), 83.7(c), 83.7(d), and 83.7(e), and therefore, does not meet the requirements for a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

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Amended Proposed Finding Against Acknowledgment of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe (PACIT) of Louisiana

SUMMARY: Pursuant to 25 CFR 83.10(h), the Department of the Interior (Department) gives notice that the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs (AS-IA) proposes to determine that the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe, c/ o Charles Verdin, P.O. Box 416, Montegut, Louisiana 70377, is not an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. This notice is based on a determination that the petitioner does not satisfy all seven of the criteria set forth in Part 83 of Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations (25 CFR Part 83), specifically criteria 83.7(b), 83.7(c), and 83.7(e), and therefore, does not meet the requirements for a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

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Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe's Proposed 151.87-Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer, Reservation Proclamation, and Casino-Resort Project, Clark County, WA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Department of Transportation, Clark County, Clark County Sheriff's Office, Cowlitz County, City of La Center, City of Vancouver, City of Ridgefield, Port of Ridgefield, City of Woodland and City of Battle Ground as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Tribe's proposed 151.87-acre fee-to-trust transfer, reservation proclamation, and casino-resort project in Clark County, Washington. The proposed action would include approval by the NIGC of a gaming management contract. The FEIS is now available to the public and is part of the administrative process that evaluates tribal applications that seek to have the United States take land into trust pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 465, 25 CFR part 151, and 25 U.S.C. 2719(b)(1)(B).

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May 29, 2008

Notice of Submission of Information Collection to the Office of Management and Budget for Reinstatement

SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior is submitting the information collection, titled the Bureau of Indian Education Higher Education Grant Application Form, OMB Control 1076-0101, for reinstatement. The Higher Education Grant Application Form needs to be reinstated because it expired during the renewal process.

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May 23, 2008

Land Acquisitions; Oneida Indian Nation of New York

SUMMARY: The Deputy Secretary and the Associate Deputy Secretary made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 13,003.89 acres in trust for the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Deputy Secretary by 209 Departmental Manual 2.1 and delegated by the Deputy Secretary to the Associate Deputy Secretary under authority of Section 2 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1950 (64 Stat. 2162), as amended.

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Office of Federal Acknowledgment; Guidance and Direction Regarding Internal Procedures

SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior is providing guidance and direction to Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA) staff for managing recurring administrative and technical problems in processing petitions for Federal acknowledgment. This guidance and direction does not amend the acknowledgment regulations at 25 CFR part 83.

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May 20, 2008

Gaming on Trust Lands Acquired After October 17, 1988; Final Rule

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is publishing regulations implementing section 2719 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). IGRA allows Indian tribes to conduct class II and class III gaming activities on land acquired after October 17, 1988, only if the land meets certain exceptions. This rule articulates standards that the BIA will follow in interpreting the various exceptions to the gaming prohibitions contained in section 2719 of IGRA. It also establishes a process for submitting and considering applications from Indian tribes seeking to conduct class II or class III gaming activities on lands acquired in trust after October 17, 1988.

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Gaming on Trust Lands Acquired After October 17, 1988; Final Rule

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is publishing regulations implementing section 2719 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). IGRA allows Indian tribes to conduct class II and class III gaming activities on land acquired after October 17, 1988, only if the land meets certain exceptions. This rule articulates standards that the BIA will follow in interpreting the various exceptions to the gaming prohibitions contained in section 2719 of IGRA. It also establishes a process for submitting and considering applications from Indian tribes seeking to conduct class II or class III gaming activities on lands acquired in trust after October 17, 1988.

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May 19, 2008

Notice of Cancellation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Greenville Rancheria's Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Tehama County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) intends to cancel work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Greenville Rancheria's proposed Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, to have been located in Tehama County, California. The EIS is no longer needed because the Greenville Rancheria has not submitted a complete land acquisition application per 25 CFR 151 and has ceased pursuing activity on the EIS.

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Notice of Cancellation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Lower Lake Rancheria Casino-Hotel Project, Oakland, CA

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) intends to cancel work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Lower Lake Rancheria's proposed casino and hotel project, to have been located in Oakland, California. The EIS is no longer needed because the Lower Lake Rancheria Koi Nation has not submitted a complete land acquisition application per 25 CFR 151 and has ceased pursuing activity on the EIS.

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Notice of Cancellation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Hannahville Tribe of Potawatomi Indians' Hotel and Casino Project, Romulus, MI

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) intends to cancel work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed Hannahville Tribe of Potawatomi Indians' Hotel and Casino Project in Romulus, Michigan. The EIS is no longer needed because the Department of the Interior has decided not to accept the land into trust, on the basis that the proposed action did not adequately meet criteria for trust acquisition in 25 CFR 151.3; 151.10(b); 151.10(c); and 151.11(b).

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Notice of Cancellation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupe[ntilde]o Indians and the Big Lagoon Rancheria's Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino-Hotel Project, San Bernardino County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) intends to cancel work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupe[ntilde]o Indians and the Big Lagoon Rancheria's Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino-Hotel Project, to have been located in San Bernardino County, California. The EIS is no longer needed because the Department of the Interior has decided not to accept the land into trust, on the basis that the proposed action did not adequately meet criteria in 25 CFR 151.3; 151.10(b); 151.10(c); and 151.11(b) for trust acquisition.

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May 13, 2008

Tribal Energy Policy Advisory Committee

SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs (AS-IA) is forming a Tribal Energy Policy Advisory Committee (Committee) of tribal officials and Federal representatives to provide advice on implementing regulations promulgated under the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act of 2005 (Act) and other Indian energy resource development matters. The AS-IA is requesting nominations to the Committee for tribal representatives of federally recognized Indian tribes from all of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regions except Alaska (the Act does not include Alaska).

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May 8, 2008

Land Acquisitions; Mechoopda Indian Tribe, California

SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 631.05 acres of land into trust for the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of California on March 14, 2008. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.1.

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May 7, 2008

Land Acquisitions; Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, California

SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 254 acres of land into trust for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria of California on April 18, 2008. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.1.

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May 2, 2008

Extension of the Comment Period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Absaloka Mine Crow Reservation South Extension Coal Lease Approval, Mine Development Plan and Related Federal and State Permitting Actions, Big Horn County, M

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is extending by 30 days the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Absaloka Mine Crow Reservation South Extension Coal Lease Approval, Mine Development Plan and Related Federal and State Permitting Actions, announced in the Federal Register on March 21, 2008 (73 FR 15189). The closing date for public comments announced in the March 21, 2008, notice was May 5, 2008.

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May 1, 2008

Grant Program to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity

SUMMARY: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorizes the Secretary to provide assistance to Indian tribes for use in developing and sustaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land, and to properly account for resulting energy production and revenues. In furtherance of this goal, the Department of the Interior's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is soliciting proposals from tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations. The Department will use a competitive evaluation process to select several proposed projects to receive an award.

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Information Collection Activities, Submission to the Office of Management and Budget

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Information Collection Request for the 25 CFR part 256, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Housing Improvement Program, OMB Control 1076-0084, is being submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget for reinstatement. The collection expired during the renewal process.

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Submission of Agency Information Collection the Office of Management and Budget

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is submitting this information collection to the Office of Management and Budget for reinstatement of the Indian Child Welfare Annual Report form. The information collected will aid the BIA in fulfilling requirements of law. This reinstatement meets the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

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April 30, 2008

Submission of Paperwork Reduction Act Request to Office of Management and Budget

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Information Collection Request for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Form 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and the Indian Health Service (IHS), OMB Control Number 1076-0160, has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The BIA is now seeking comments on the subject proposal.

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April 23, 2008

Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Information Collection Request for the Adult Education Annual Report Form, OMB 1076-0120, requires renewal. The current Adult Education Annual Report Form, with no appreciable changes, will be submitted after the comment period to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 350(c)(2)(A). The Department of the Interior is soliciting public comments on the renewal.

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April 21, 2008

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This publishes notice of an Amendment to the 1998 Class III Gaming Compacts between the State of Michigan and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians taking effect.

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April 18, 2008

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Ione Band of Miwok Indians' Proposed 228.04-Acre Fee-To-Trust Land Transfer and Casino Project, Amador County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Ione Band of Miwok Indians (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission, City of Plymouth, California, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the proposed 228.04 acre trust acquisition and construction of casino project to be located within the City of Plymouth in Amador County, California and that the DEIS is now available for public review. This notice provides a 75-day public comment period and thereby grants a 30- day extension to the normal 45-day public comment period. This notice also announces a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIS.

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April 9, 2008

Job Placement and Training

SUMMARY: This rule would consolidate requirements governing the Employment Assistance Program and the Adult Vocational Training Program. These programs assist Indian people to obtain job skills and to obtain and retain permanent employment. Combining these regulations will be consistent with changes to the Department's budget, which has combined these two regulations into one line item.

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Proposed Information Collection Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, Comment Request

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking comments on the renewal of OMB 1076-0094, Law and Order on Indian Reservations which concerns marriage and dissolution of marriage in a Court of Indian Offenses. This collection will expire in August 2008.

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April 8, 2008

Tribal Energy Resource Agreement Regulations Public Information Meeting

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) will hold an all-day public information session on April 29, 2008, concerning the final regulations authorizing Tribal Energy Resource Agreements (TERA). These final regulations provide the process under which a tribe may apply for, and the Secretary of the Interior may grant, authority for an Indian tribe to review and approve leases and business agreements and grant rights- of-way for specific energy development activities on tribal lands through an approved TERA. The regulations also cover processes for implementation of TERAs, including periodic review and evaluation of a tribe's activities under a TERA, enforcement of TERA provisions, and administrative appeals. The regulations also include a process for a tribe to voluntarily rescind a TERA.

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Information Collection for Reindeer in Alaska, Request for Comments

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking comments on the information collection: 25 CFR part 243, Reindeer in Alaska. The information collected under this program is related to the Alaska Native reindeer industry and applies to non-natives who own, or want to own reindeer in Alaska. It is used solely to monitor and regulate the possession and use of Alaskan reindeer by non-Natives in Alaska. This collection needs renewal.

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April 7, 2008

Public Law 93-599 Transfer of Excess Property--Cherokee Nation, OK

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the General Services Administration (GSA), Greater Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas, has transferred approximately 790.70 acres, of excess property, more or less, in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, to the Secretary of the Interior, to be held in trust for the benefit and use of the Cherokee Nation.

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April 4, 2008

Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the current list of 562 tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as Indian tribes. The list is updated from the notice published on March 22, 2007 (72 FR 13648).

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April 3, 2008

Land Acquisitions; Skokomish Indian Tribe, Washington

SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 0.94 acres of land into trust for the Skokomish Indian Tribe of Washington on March 14, 2008. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.1.

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Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes an Approval of the Amendment to Interim Compact between the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Reservation and the State of Montana regarding Class III Gaming on the Rocky Boy's Reservation.

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April 2, 2008

Correction to the Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Absaloka Mine Crow Reservation South Extension Coal Lease Approval, Mine Development Plan and Related Federal and State Permitting Actions

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that date for the public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Absaloka Mine Crow Reservation South Extension Coal Lease Approval, Mine Development Plan and Related Federal and State Permitting Actions, announced in the Federal Register on March 21, 2008, (73 FR 15189) was incorrect. The correct date for the public hearing is April 23, 2008.

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April 1, 2008

Tribal Consultation for Facilities Management Activities

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) will be conducting tribal consultation meetings to obtain oral and written comments on potential facility management commercial activities and to determine whether these facility management activities should be: provided by a private sector provider through a contract; by government personnel through a letter of obligation; or by a public reimbursable source through a fee- for-service agreement within Indian Country. The proposed topic is the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76 standard study on the facilities management within BIA/BIE. The intended effect of the A- 76 study is to review and select which facilities management functions will be considered for competition. The intended results are to improve performance, become more efficient through the A-76 process, and reduce overall program cost. The potential issues set forth will be described in a tribal consultation booklet issued prior to the meetings by BIA/ BIE.

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March 28, 2008

Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians' Proposed 29.87 Acre Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Gaming Development Project, Contra Costa County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), Contra Costa County, and California Department of Transportation, intends to file a final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the proposed approval of a 29.87 acre fee-to-trust transfer and gaming development project in Contra Costa County, California, and that the FEIS is now available to the public. In addition to the trust acquisition for gaming purposes, the proposed action includes approval by the NIGC of a gaming management contract. The FEIS is part of the administrative process that evaluates tribal applications that seek to have the United States take land into trust pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 465 and 25 CFR part 151.

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Grant Availability to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes for Projects Implementing Traffic Safety on Indian Reservations

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987, and as authorized by the Secretary of Transportation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) intends to make funds available to federally recognized Indian tribes on an annual basis for implementing traffic safety projects, which are designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes, death, injuries, and property damage within Indian Country. All project applications received will be reviewed and selected on a competitive basis. This notice informs Indian tribes that grant funds are available and that information packets are being mailed to all tribal leaders on the latest Tribal Leaders list that is compiled by the BIA. A copy of the Application Packet can also be obtained by contacting the BIA Indian Highway Safety Office.

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March 25, 2008

Land Acquisitions; Puyallup Tribe, Washington

SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 10.2 acres of land into trust for the Puyallup Tribe of Washington on March 14, 2008. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.1.

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March 21, 2008

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Absaloka Mine Crow Reservation South Extension Coal Lease Approval, Mine Development Plan and Related Federal and State Permitting Actions, Big Horn County, MT

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) as joint lead agencies, with the Crow Tribe of Indians, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as cooperating agencies, intend to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the proposed extension of the existing Absaloka mine onto the Crow Indian Reservation and for related Federal and state permitting actions; and that the DEIS is now available for public review. The purpose of the proposed action is to maximize the economic benefit from the coal trust resource by continuing to provide benefits to the Crow Tribe, including royalty, tax income and employment; as well as allow Westmoreland Resources Inc. (WRI) to continue to access coal resources, owned by the Crow Tribe, for the sale to customers using it for electric power generation. This notice also announces a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIS.

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Enterprise Rancheria Gaming Facility and Hotel Fee-to-Trust Acquisition Project, Yuba County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Enterprise Rancheria of Estom Ymeka Maidu Tribe (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Yuba County, California, as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe's proposed Gaming Facility and Hotel Fee-to-Trust Acquisition Project to be located within unincorporated Yuba County, and that the DEIS is now available for public review. This review is part of the administrative process that evaluates tribal applications that seek to have the United States take land into trust pursuant to 25 CFR part 151. We will consider public comments carefully prior to deciding whether to approve or disapprove this application. This notice also announces a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIS.

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March 20, 2008

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Liquor and Beverage Code

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Liquor and Beverage Code (Code) of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The Code regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Muscogee Creek Nation Indian Country (Tribal Lands) as defined by Federal law. The Code allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the Tribal Lands. The Code will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the distribution and possession of liquor within their jurisdiction and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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March 19, 2008

Final Determination Against Federal Acknowledgment of the Steilacoom Tribe of Indians

SUMMARY: Pursuant to 25 CFR 83.10(l)(2), notice is hereby given that the Department of the Interior (Department) declines to acknowledge the group known as the Steilacoom Tribe of Indians (STI) of 1515 Lafayette Street, P.O. Box 88419, Steilacoom, Washington 98388, c/o Mr. Danny Marshall, as an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. This notice is based on a determination that the petitioner does not satisfy four of the seven mandatory criteria for acknowledgment, specifically Sec. Sec. 83.7(a), 83.7(b), 83.7(c), and 83.7(e), as defined in 25 CFR part 83. Consequently, the STI does not meet the requirements for a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

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March 17, 2008

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes approval of five Amendments to the Class III Gaming Compacts (Amendments) between the state of Oregon and the Burns-Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Coquille Tribe of Indians, the Klamath Tribes, and the Siletz Indians of Oregon.

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March 10, 2008

Tribal Energy Resource Agreements Under the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act; Final Rule

SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) is promulgating final regulations providing that Indian tribes, at their discretion, may enter into business agreements and leases for energy resource development and grant rights-of-way for pipelines or electric transmission or distribution lines on tribal land without the Secretary's review and approval. Indian tribes entering into such business agreements, leases, and grants of rights-of-way must execute them under an approved tribal energy resource agreement (TERA) between the Secretary and the tribe. These final regulations provide the process under which a tribe may apply for, and the Secretary may grant, authority for an Indian tribe to review and approve leases and business agreements and grant rights-of-way for specific energy development activities on tribal lands through an approved TERA. The regulations also cover processes for implementation of TERAs, including periodic review and evaluation of a tribe's activities under a TERA, enforcement of TERA provisions, and administrative appeals. The regulations also include a process for a tribe's voluntarily rescinding a TERA.

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March 6, 2008

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino Project, Calexico, Imperial County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, with the National Indian Gaming Commission, the City of Calexico and the Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians (Tribe) as cooperating agencies, intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 60.8-acre fee-to-trust transfer and casino project in Calexico, Imperial County, California. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues, concerns and alternatives to be considered in the EIS.

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Notice of Cancellation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Stockbridge--Munsee Casino, Sullivan County, NY

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) intends to cancel work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed taking into federal trust of land in Sullivan County, New York, for the Stockbridge--Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin (Tribe). The Tribe proposed to develop and operate a Class III gaming facility and associated facilities on the trust property. The EIS is no longer needed because the Department of the Interior has decided not to accept the land into trust, on the basis that the proposed action did not adequately meet criteria in 25 CFR 151.3; 151.10(b); 151.10(c); and 151.11(b) for trust acquisition.

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Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Trust Acquisition of an Initial Reservation for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in the Town of Mashpee, Barnstable County, and Town of Middleboro, Plymouth County, MA, Including

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Trust Acquisition of an Initial Reservation for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in the Town of Mashpee, Barnstable County, and Town of Middleboro, Plymouth County, MA, Including a Gaming Facility at the Middleboro Property

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March 4, 2008

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes an approval of Amendment II of the Amended and Restated Class III Gaming Compact between the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the State of Oregon.

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February 29, 2008

Irrigation Operation and Maintenance

SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is revising the regulation governing irrigation projects under its jurisdiction. The purpose of the revision is to provide consistent administration; establish the process for updating practices, policies, and procedures for the administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of irrigation projects; and provide uniform accounting and recordkeeping procedures. This regulation has also been rewritten in plain English as mandated by Executive Order 12866. It also addresses several issues that the prior regulation did not cover.

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February 27, 2008

Western Shoshone Application Form

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking comments from the public on the renewal of a tribal enrollment information collection as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The information collected under OMB Control Number 1076-0165 will be used to establish that the applicants meet the eligibility requirements to share in the Western Shoshone judgment fund distribution authorized by the Act of July 7, 2004, Public Law 108-270.

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February 22, 2008

Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Transfer From Fee to Trust of Parcels Owned by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York in Oneida and Madison Counties, New York

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, with the cooperation of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York (Nation), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Madison County, New York, and Oneida County, New York as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the requested transfer of parcels owned by the Nation to the United States in trust for the Nation, and that the FEIS is now available to the public. The subject lands are located within Oneida and Madison Counties, New York. The FEIS is part of the administrative process that evaluates tribal applications that seek to have the United States take land into trust pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 465 and 25 CFR Part 151. The purpose of the proposed action is to help provide for the Nation's cultural and social preservation, expression and identity, political self-determination, self-sufficiency, and economic growth by providing a tribal land base and homeland over which the Nation exercises tribal sovereignty.

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February 15, 2008

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon's Proposed Trust Acquisition and Resort and Casino Project, Cascade Locks, Hood River County, OR

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (Tribes), the Oregon Department of Transportation, the City of Cascade Locks, the Port of Cascade Locks, Hood River County and the Federal Highway Administration as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a proposed 25-acre trust acquisition and resort and casino project to be located within the City of Cascade Locks, Hood River County, Oregon, and that the DEIS is now available for public review. Public review of the DEIS is part of an administrative process designed to evaluate tribal applications that seek to have the United States to take land into Federal trust pursuant to 25 CFR part 151. Reviewers are advised that we will consider public comments carefully prior to deciding whether to approve or disapprove this application. This notice also extends the normal 45-day public comment period to 90 days in order to accommodate heightened public interest in this proposed action, and it announces five public hearings to receive comments on the DEIS.

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the North Fork Rancheria's Proposed 305 Acre Trust Acquisition and Hotel/Casino Project, Madera County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians (Tribe), California Department of Transportation, Madera Irrigation District, City of Madera, National Indian Gaming Commission and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the proposed 305 acre trust acquisition and the construction of a hotel/casino project to be located in unincorporated Madera County, just north of the City of Madera, California, and that the DEIS is now available for public review. Public review of the DEIS is part of an administrative process designed to evaluate tribal applications that seek to have the United States to take land into Federal trust pursuant to 25 CFR part 151. Reviewers are advised that we will consider public comments carefully prior to deciding whether to approve or disapprove this application. This notice also announces a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIS.

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February 11, 2008

Land Acquisitions; Elk Valley Rancheria, California

SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 203.5 acres of land into trust for the Elk Valley Rancheria of California on January 4, 2008. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.1.

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February 8, 2008

Proclaiming Certain Lands, Mt. Taylor Property, as an Addition to the Pueblo of Laguna Reservation of New Mexico

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary-- Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 6,883.54 acres, more or less, to be added to the Pueblo of Laguna Reservation (Laguna), New Mexico.

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Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, or has an interest in, irrigation facilities located on various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are required to establish rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate those facilities. We request your comments on the proposed rate adjustments.

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February 4, 2008

Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act is soliciting comments on the Financial Assistance and Social Service program application forms in order to renew the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance. This information collection request is cleared under OMB control number 1076-0017 and expires on July 31, 2008.

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January 29, 2008

Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is seeking comments from the public on a renewal of an information collection, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and the Indian Health Service (IHS), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The BIA is now seeking comments from interested parties to renew the clearance.

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January 18, 2008

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Deemed Approved Amendment to the Tribal--State Compact between the State of California and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

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January 15, 2008

Deputy Director--Indian Services; Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking comments in preparation for the renewal of the Indian Child Welfare Annual Report. The information collected will aid BIA in fulfilling the requirements of the law. This renewal meets the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Bureau is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.

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January 7, 2008

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Deemed Approved Compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida.

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December 19, 2007

Law and Order on Indian Reservations

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs proposes to amend its regulations governing the Courts of Indian Offenses (otherwise known as CFR Courts). This amendment will clarify the authority of the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs to establish the courts, the jurisdiction of the courts, its relationship to tribal governments and the Department of the Interior, and to provide those courts with an updated code of laws.

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Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Deemed Approved Amended Tribal-State Compact between the State of California and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

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Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Deemed Approved Amended Tribal-State Compact between the State of California and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

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Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Deemed Approved Amended Tribal-State Compact between the State of California and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.

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Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Deemed Approved Amended Tribal-State Compact between the State of California and the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation.

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December 14, 2007

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Soboba Band of Luise[ntilde]o Indians' Proposed Trust Acquisition and Casino/Hotel Project, City of San Jacinto, Riverside County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Soboba Band of Luise[ntilde]o Indians (Tribe), intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed fee-to-trust land acquisition and casino and hotel project (Proposed Action) located within the City of San Jacinto, Riverside County, California. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to improve the tribal economy in order to better enable the Tribe to provide governmental services, perform governmental functions, create jobs and career opportunities for tribal members and develop programs that would assist tribal members to attain economic self- sufficiency. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues, alternatives and content for inclusion in the EIS.

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December 10, 2007

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Approval of the Tribal--State Compact between the State of Montana and the Fort Belknap Tribe.

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Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Approval of the Tribal--State Compact between the State of Washington and the Tulalip Tribe.

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December 5, 2007

Homeliving Programs

SUMMARY: Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the Secretary of the Interior is publishing final regulations addressing homeliving programs administered under the Bureau of Indian Education-funded school system.

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December 3, 2007

Proposed Finding Against Acknowledgment of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians (Petitioner 84B)

SUMMARY: Pursuant to 25 CFR 83.10(h), the Department of the Interior (Department) notice is hereby given that the Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs (AS-IA) proposes to determine that the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians (Petitioner 84B, JBB), c/o Joe Ocampo, 1108 East Fourth Street, Santa Ana, California 92701, and c/o Bud Sepulveda, P.O. Box 25628, Santa Ana, California 92799, is not an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. Due to the group's recent internal leadership conflict, this notice is addressed to both individuals who claim to be its leader. The Department has not addressed this dispute in this proposed finding (PF). These individuals hopefully will resolve this conflict by the time of the final determination (FD). This notice is based on a determination that the petitioner does not satisfy all seven of the criteria set forth in Part 83 of Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations (25 CFR part 83), specifically criteria 83.7(a), 83.7(b), 83.7(c), and 83.7(e), and therefore, does not meet the requirements for a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

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Proposed Finding Against Acknowledgment of the Juane[ntilde]o Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen (Petitioner 84A)

SUMMARY: Pursuant to 25 CFR 83.10(h), the Department of the Interior (Department) gives notice that the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs (AS-IA) proposes to determine that the Juane[ntilde]o Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation (JBA, Petitioner 84A), c/o Anthony Rivera, Jr., 31411-A La Matanza Street, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675, is not an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. This notice is based on a determination that the petitioner does not satisfy all seven of the criteria set forth in Part 83 of Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations (25 CFR part 83), specifically criteria 83.7(a), 83.7(b), 83.7(c), and 83.7(e), and therefore, does not meet the requirements for a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

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November 26, 2007

Liquor Ordinance of the Karuk Tribe of California

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Liquor Ordinance of the Karuk Tribe of California. The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Karuk tribal lands. The land is located on trust land and this ordinance allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the Karuk Tribe of California tribal lands. This ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the distribution and possession of liquor within their reservation and at the same time will provide funds for the continued operation and strengthening of the Karuk tribal government and the delivery of tribal government services.

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November 13, 2007

Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary-- Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 78.26 acres, more or less, as the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indian Reservation for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan.

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November 5, 2007

Submission of Information Collection to OMB for Approval

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is planning to reinstate the Home-living Programs and School Closure and Consolidation, OMB Control Number 1076-0164 as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. This collection expired during the renewal process because the 30-day notice was not published before the expiration date. The reinstatement will ensure we can continue to operate the residential program of the No Child Left Behind Act. This notice replaces the notice published Wednesday, October 3, 2007 (72 FR 56373).

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November 2, 2007

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Approval of the Tribal-State Compact between the State of California and the Yurok Tribe.

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November 1, 2007

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Riverton Dome Coal Bed Natural Gas and Conventional Gas Development, Wind River Indian Reservation, Fremont County, WY

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs, in cooperation with the Joint Business Council of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes (JBC), Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) at EPA for the proposed coal bed natural gas and conventional gas development project, and that the DEIS is now available for public review. The purpose of the proposed action is to meet the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes' need to maximize their economic benefit from this trust resource. This notice also announces a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIS.

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October 30, 2007

Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaska Native Blood Information Collection, Comment Request

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is seeking comments from the public on an extension of an information collection from persons seeking proof of American Indian or Alaska Native blood, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The information collected under OMB Control Number 1076-0153 will be used to establish that the applicants meet requirements for official recognition as an American Indian or Alaska Native for purposes of eligibility determination and participation in programs administered through the U. S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Proposed Information Collection Activities, Request for Comments

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Information Collection Request for the Housing Assistance Application requires renewal. The proposed information collection requirement, with no appreciable changes, described below will be submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget for review after a public comment period as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Bureau is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.

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October 19, 2007

Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Coeur d'Alene Tribal Integrated Resource Management Plan, Coeur d'Alene Reservation, Idaho

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) intends to file a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the proposed Coeur d'Alene Tribal Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP), Coeur d'Alene Reservation, Idaho, and that the FPEIS is now available to the public. The FPEIS analyzes the impacts of four alternative approaches to managing the natural, environmental and cultural resources of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. The purpose of the proposed action, approval of the tribe's implementation of the IRMP for a period of 20 years, is to protect and sustain these resources.

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October 16, 2007

Proposed Information Collections Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; Comment Request

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is submitting the information collection, titled the BIE Higher Education Grant Program Annual Report Form, OMB Control Number 1076-0106, and the BIE Higher Education Grant Application Form, OMB Control Number 1076-0101 for approval. The Higher Education Annual Grant Report Form and the Higher Education Grant Application need to be renewed.

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October 15, 2007

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes approval of the Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact between the State of New Mexico and the Pueblo of Laguna.

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October 5, 2007

Pueblo of Tesuque Liquor Control Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Pueblo of Tesuque Liquor Control Ordinance. The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Pueblo of Tesuque Indian Reservation. The Reservation is located on trust land and this Ordinance allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the exterior boundaries of the Pueblo of Tesuque Indian Reservation. This Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the distribution and possession of liquor within their reservation and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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September 28, 2007

Colorado River Tribe-Health and Safety Code, Article 2--Liquor

SUMMARY: This notice publishes an amendment to the Colorado River Tribal Health and Safety Code, Article 2, Liquor, Chapter 6, Sections 2-601 through 620. The Code regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Colorado River Tribe's Reservation. The land is located on trust land and this Code allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within Colorado River Tribe's Reservation. This Code will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the distribution and possession of liquor within their reservation and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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September 27, 2007

Land Acquisitions; Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior has made a final determination to acquire real property ``in trust'' for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

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September 26, 2007

Model Tribal Probate Code, Guidance for Submission of Tribal Probate Codes Under 25 U.S.C. Section 2205

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is announcing the availability of a Model Tribal Probate Code with comments entitled ``Model Tribal Probate Code.'' BIA issues notices to inform tribes, Indians, and other interested persons about important policies, procedures, and related decisions, and these notices serve to provide guidance to tribes and BIA personnel. This notice provides guidance to tribes considering the creation and adoption of a Tribal Probate Code containing provisions applicable to trust and restricted property and includes a copy of the ``Model Probate Code with Comments.''

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September 7, 2007

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Desert Rock Energy Project and the Navajo Mine Extension Project, San Juan County, NM: Reopening of Comment Period

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are reopening the comment period on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Proposed Desert Rock Energy Project and the Navajo Mine Extension Project, San Juan County, New Mexico, for an additional 30 days. The Notice of Availability of the DEIS, published by in the Federal Register by the BIA on June 20, 2007 (72 FR 34035), and by the EPA on June 22, 2007 (72 FR 34463), announced a closing date for comments of August 20, 2007.

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July 6, 2007

Building Tribal Energy Development Capacity

SUMMARY: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorizes the Secretary to provide development grants to Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations for use in developing or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land, and to properly account for resulting energy production and revenues. In furtherance of this goal, the Department of the Interior's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is soliciting proposals from tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations. The Department will award several grants of up to $50,000 each for this program.

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Job Placement and Training (Adult Vocational Training and Direct Employment)

UMMARY: The Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs is seeking comments on the renewal of the Job Placement and Training (Adult Vocational Training and Direct Employment) Information Collection. This action is being taken due to the impending expiration of the existing data collection. This action will allow the Department on-going collection of data required by statute, regulation and policy.

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July 5, 2007

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes approval of the Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact between the State of New Mexico and the Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Picuris, Pueblo of San Felipe, Pueblo of Sandia, Pueblo of Santa Ana, Pueblo of Tesuque, Pueblo of Taos, Pueblo of Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh.

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July 2, 2007

Final Determination against Federal Acknowledgment of the St. Francis / Sokoki Band of Abenakis of Vermont

SUMMARY: Pursuant to 25 CFR 83.10(l)(2), notice is hereby given that the Department of the Interior (Department) declines to acknowledge the group known as the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of Abenakis of Vermont (SSA), P.O. Box 276, Swanton, Vermont 05488, c/o Ms. April Merrill, as an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. This notice is based on a determination that the petitioner does not satisfy four of the seven mandatory criteria for acknowledgment, specifically 83.7(a), 83.7(b), 83.7(c), and 83.7(e), as defined in 25 CFR part 83. Consequently, the SSA petitioner does not meet the requirements for a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

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June 28, 2007

Advisory Board for Exceptional Children

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Bureau of Indian Education is announcing that the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children will hold its next meeting in Denver, CO. The purpose of the meeting is to meet the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA) on Indian children with disabilities.

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June 20, 2007

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Desert Rock Energy Project and the Navajo Mine Extension Project, San Juan County, NM

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Navajo Nation, U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the proposed Desert Rock Energy and Navajo Mine Extension projects. The purpose of the proposed action is to help meet the economic development needs of the Navajo Nation. This notice also announces a series of public hearings to receive comments on the DEIS.

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June 11, 2007

Alaska Native Claims Selection

SUMMARY: As required by 43 CFR 2650.7(d), notice is hereby given that an appealable decision approving the surface and subsurface estates in certain lands for conveyance pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, will be issued to Bering Straits Native Corporation.

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May 31, 2007

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Approval of the Tribal-State Compact for Class III Gaming Amendments between the State of Washington and the Chehalis Confederated Tribes, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Hoh Indian Tribe, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Lummi Indian Nation, Makah Nation, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Nooksack Indian Tribe, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Puyallyup Tribe of Indians, Quileute Indian Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, Samish Indian Nation, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Shoalwater Bay Tribe, Skokomish Indian Tribe, Snoqualmie Tribe, Squaxin Island Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, Swinomish Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, Upper Skagit Tribe, and the Yakama Nation.

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May 16, 2007

Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1813, Report to Congress

SUMMARY: Section 1813 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58) requires the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy (Departments) to jointly consult with stakeholders and conduct a study of issues related to energy rights-of-way (ROWs) on tribal lands. The Act further directs the Departments to submit a report to Congress on the findings of the study. The Report to Congress is available on the Section 1813 Web site (http://1813.anl.gov). This Web site will remain active until August 8, 2007.

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May 8, 2007

Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the Bureau of Indian Education Advisory Board for Exceptional Education

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), the Bureau of Indian Education requests nominations of individuals to serve on the Advisory Board for Exceptional Education (Advisory Board). The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) will consider nominations received in response to this Request for Nominations, as well as other sources. The SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for this notice provides committee and membership criteria.

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May 7, 2007

Proposed Information Collection Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; Comment Request

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, is proposing to renew the No Child Left Behind Act Regulations, 25 CFR parts 30, 37, 39, 42, 44 and 47, OMB Control Number 1076-0163.

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Proposed Information Collection Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; Comment Request

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, is planning to renew the No Child Left Behind Regulations, 25 CFR parts 36 and 47, OMB Control Number 1076-0164.

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May 4, 2007

Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians of Louisiana; Correction

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs published in the Federal Register of April 2, 2007, a notice informing the public that the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 63.52 acres, more or less, as the Jena Band of Choctaw Reservation for the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians of Louisiana (Jena Band). The land description as published contained an error. This action corrects that error.

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May 3, 2007

Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects

In notice document E7-7558 beginning on page 19950 in the issue of Friday, April 20, 2007, make the following correction: On page 19954, in the table titled ``Southwest Region Rate Table,'' in the fourth column in the last entry, ``150.00'' should read ``15.00''.

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April 30, 2007

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Approval of the Tribal-State Compact for Class III Gaming between the Spokane Tribe and the State of Washington.

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Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the approval of the extension of agreement between the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and the State of Montana concerning Class III gaming, with the incorporated amendments.

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April 27, 2007

Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma Liquor Control Ordinance of 2006

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Liquor Control Ordinance of the Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma (Tribe). The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale, and consumption of liquor within the tribal lands. The tribal lands are located in Indian country and this Ordinance allows for possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within their boundaries. This Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the community's liquor distribution and possession, and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue for the continued operation and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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April 20, 2007

Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, or has an interest in, irrigation facilities located on various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are authorized to establish rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate those facilities. We are notifying you that we have adjusted the irrigation assessment rates at several of our irrigation facilities for operation and maintenance.

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April 5, 2007

Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary-- Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 56.50 acres, more or less, as an addition to the Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation, New Mexico.

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Proclaiming Certain Lands, Gomez Ranch, as an Addition to the Reservation for the Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary-- Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 5,696.64 acres, more or less, as an addition to the Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation, New Mexico.

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Proclaiming Certain Land as Reservation for the Pueblo of Laguna of New Mexico

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary-- Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 651.6965 acres, more or less, located in Tract B, and Lot 16 as indicated in Exhibit A, attached to the Warranty Deed, approved April 10, 2003, as an addition to the Pueblo of Laguna Reservation (Laguna).

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Proclaiming Certain Lands, Bowlin Property, as an addition to the Pueblo of Laguna Reservation, NM

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary-- Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 30.754 acres, more or less, to be added to the Pueblo of Laguna Reservation (Laguna), New Mexico.

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April 3, 2007

Public Notice of Lands Previously Conveyed Into Trust and Proclaimed as Reservation For Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians by Act of Congress

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is giving public notice of the act of Congress which has conveyed certain fee properties into trust and proclaimed reservation status for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

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Amendment to the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation Liquor Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes an amendment to the Liquor Ordinance of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation of Montana (Tribe). This amendment brings the existing Liquor Ordinance of the Tribe which regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Tribe's reservation into conformance with state law. The Liquor Ordinance allows for possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the Tribe's Indian reservation, and increases the ability of the tribal government to control the Tribe's liquor distribution and possession. At the same time it will provide an important source of revenue for the continued operation and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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Advisory Board for Exceptional Children

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Bureau of Indian Education is announcing that the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children will hold its next meeting in Miami, FL. The purpose of the meeting is to meet the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA) on Indian children with disabilities.

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April 2, 2007

Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians of Louisiana

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 63.52 acres, more or less, as the Jena Band of Choctaw Reservation for the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians of Louisiana (Jena Band).

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Notice of approved Tribal-State Compact

SUMMARY: This notice publishes approval of the Tribal-State Compact between the State of Oklahoma and Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma.

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Chickasaw Nation Liquor Control Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Liquor Control Ordinance of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma (Tribe). The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the tribal lands of the Tribe. The tribal lands are located in Indian country and this Ordinance allows for possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within their exterior boundaries. This Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the community's liquor distribution and possession, and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue for the continued operation and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians Liquor Control Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians Liquor Control Ordinance. The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indian's tribal land. The tribal land is located on trust land and this Ordinance allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the exterior boundaries. This Ordinance will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the distribution and possession of liquor within their tribal land strengthen the tribal government. At the same time, it will provide an important source of revenue and the improve delivery of tribal services.

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March 30, 2007

Submission of Information Collection to Office of Management and Budget

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is submitting this information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget for review and renewal. The collection is: 25 CFR 162 Leases and Permits, 1076- 0155.

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March 22, 2007

Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs; Notice

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the current list of 561 tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as Indian tribes. The list is updated from the notice published on November 25, 2005 (70 FR 71194).

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March 19, 2007

Notice of Approved Tribal-State Compact.

SUMMARY: This notice publishes approval of the compact between the Sovereign Indian Nation of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and the Sovereign State of Iowa.

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Notice of Approved Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact.

SUMMARY: This notice publishes an approval of the Tribal-State Gaming Compact for regulation of Class III gaming between the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and the State of Oregon.

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Notice of Approved Tribal-State Class III Gaming Amendment.

SUMMARY: This notice publishes an approval of the amendment to the Tribal-State Compact for regulation of Class III gaming between the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the State of Oregon.

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Announcement of Fund Availability, Competitive Grant Program

SUMMARY: This notice informs Indian tribes that grant funds are available through a Competitive Grant Program and that the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting applications from eligible interested entities. To encourage greater tribal participation in this initiative, IEED is offering grants to assist federally-recognized Indian tribes in preparing tribal plans designed for participation in Public Law 102-477.

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March 12, 2007

The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation Amendment to Their Liquor Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes an amendment to the Liquor Ordinance of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation of North Dakota (Tribe). This amendment brings the existing Liquor Ordinance of the Tribe which regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Tribe's reservation into conformance with a change in state law. The Liquor Ordinance allows for possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, and increases the ability of the tribal government to control the Tribe's liquor distribution and possession. At the same time it will provide an important source of revenue for the continued operation and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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March 5, 2007

Federal Register: Western Shoshone distribution

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is amending its regulations governing the compilation of rolls of Indians in order to open the enrollment application process for the Western Shoshone Identifiable Group of Indians. The enrollment application process will give individuals an opportunity to file applications to share in the Western Shoshone judgment fund distribution authorized under the Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act of July 7, 2004.

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Land Acquisitions; Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

SUMMARY: The Associate Deputy Secretary made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 3.519 acres of land into trust for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma on February 9, 2007. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.

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February 28, 2007

Loan Guaranty, Insurance and Interest Subsidy Program

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is submitting the information collection, titled 25 CFR 103, Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program, OMB Control Number 1076-0020 for renewal.

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Documented Petitions for Federal Acknowledgment as an Indian Tribe, Submission to OMB for Renewal

SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Information Collection Request for Documented Petitions for Federal Acknowledgment as an Indian Tribe is submitted to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget for extension.

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Submission of Information Collection for Probate to the Office of Management and Budget

SUMMARY: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are submitting to the Office of Management and Budget the information collection found in the general Probate of Indian Decedents' Estates, Except for Member of the Five Civilized Tribes regulations. The purpose of this data collection is to ensure that Probate regulations are administered for the benefit of individual Indians and any persons having claims against an Indian decedent's estate.

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Submission of Information Collection to Office of Management and Budget

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is submitting this information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and renewal. The collection is: 25 CFR 151 Land Acquisitions, OMB Control Number 1076-0100.

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Submission of Information Collection to the Office of Management and Budget for Review Under the Paperwork Reduction Act

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the information collection, titled Grazing Permits, 25 CFR 166, OMB Control Number 1076-0157, for renewal. The purpose of this data collection is to collect information for 25 CFR 166 General Grazing Regulations as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act.

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February 22, 2007

Federal Register: Mashpee recognition decision

SUMMARY: Pursuant to 25 CFR 83.10(l)(2), notice is hereby given that the Department of the Interior (Department) has determined that the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, Inc., P.O. Box 1048, Mashpee, Massachusetts, 02649, is an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. This notice is based on a determination that the petitioner satisfies all seven mandatory criteria set forth in 25 CFR 83.7, and thus meets the requirements for a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

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February 14, 2007

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Hannahville Tribe of Potawatomi Indians' Hotel and Casino Project, Romulus, MI

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with Hannahville Tribe of Potawatomi Indians (Tribe) as a cooperating agency, intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed hotel and casino project to be located on 9.8 acres of a 24.8 acre parcel owned by the Tribe in Romulus, Michigan.

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January 29, 2007

Submission of Information Collection to the Office of Management and Budget

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is submitting to OMB the information collection, titled Navajo Partitioned Lands Grazing Regulations Permits, OMB Control Number 1076-0162 for renewal; or, for review and approval. The purpose of this data collection is to collect information for 25 CFR Part 161 Navajo Partitioned Lands Grazing Regulations as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act.

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January 25, 2007

Request for Comments on Information Collection for Leases and Permits

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking comments on the proposed renewal of the information collection, Leases and Permits, 1076-0155. This action is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act.

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Indian Trust Management Reform

SUMMARY: On August 8, 2006, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Office of the Secretary proposed to amend several of their regulations related to Indian trust management (see 71 FR 45173). The rule proposes to address Indian trust management issues in the areas of probate, probate hearings and appeals, tribal probate codes, life estates and future interests in Indian land, the Indian land title of record, and conveyances of trust or restricted land. The proposed rule also includes an ``Application for Consolidation by Sale'' form that is associated with one of these amendments. On November 1, 2006, the BIA and the Office of the Secretary reopened the comment period for an additional 60 days to January 2, 2007 (see 71 FR 64181). This notice reopens the comment period an additional 45 days to March 12, 2007. The BIA and Office of Secretary again are extending the comment period by 45 days to ensure that all interested parties, including tribes and individual Indians, have the opportunity to review the proposed rule and prepare their comments.

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January 22, 2007

Pueblo of Pojoaque Liquor Control Act

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Pueblo of Pojoaque Liquor Control Act. The Act regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Pueblo of Pojoaque Indian Reservation. The reservation is located on trust land and this Act allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the exterior boundaries of the Pueblo of Pojoaque Indian Reservation. This Act will increase the ability of the tribal government to control the distribution and possession of liquor within their reservation, and at the same time will provide an important source of revenue and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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January 19, 2007

Gaming on Trust Lands Acquired After October 17, 1988; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is submitting the information collection request for review and renewal by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The collection is: Gaming on Trust Lands Acquired after October 17, 1988, OMB Control Number 1076-0158.

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Advisory Board for Exceptional Children

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Bureau of Indian Education is announcing that the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children will hold its next meeting in Washington, DC. The purpose of the meeting is to meet the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA) on Indian children with disabilities.

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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan Liquor Control Ordinance

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Liquor Control Ordinance of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan (Tribe). The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Reservation. This reservation is described as ``all lands, the title to which is held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians; and * * * all lands * * * part of the Tribe's reservation.'' This ordinance, however, applies only to the Tribe's reservation lands within the State of Michigan. This Ordinance allows for possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Reservation, and increases the ability of the tribal government to control the Tribe's liquor distribution and possession. At the same time it will provide an important source of revenue for the continued operation and strengthening of the tribal government and the delivery of tribal services.

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Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Transfer From Fee-to-Trust Land of Oneida Indian Nation of New York

This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will be holding an additional public hearing to receive comments on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed fee-to-trust transfer of Oneida Indian Nation of New York land in Oneida and Madison Counties, New York. This notice also reminds the public that the public comment period for the DEIS has been extended to February 22, 2007, as announced in the Federal Register on January 5, 2007, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and in local media by the BIA. The EPA's original notice of availability for the DEIS and the BIA's supplement to the EPA notice, both of which were published in the Federal Register on November 24, 2006, announced a closing date for comments of January 8, 2007.

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January 17, 2007

Notice of Class III Gaming Amendment taking effect

SUMMARY: Notice is given that the Amendment to the Tribal-State gaming compact between the State of California and the Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation is considered approved and is in effect.

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Gaming on Trust Lands Acquired After October 17, 1988

SUMMARY: This document reopens the comment period for the proposed rule published on December 4, 2006 (71 FR 70335), which establishes procedures that an Indian tribe must follow in seeking to conduct gaming on lands acquired after October 17, 1988.

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