Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects, 42873-42877 [2021-16696]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 148 / Thursday, August 5, 2021 / Notices Category Criteria Not fewer than 3 Indian Tribes including 1 Indian Tribe in Alaska. Not fewer than 2 health care and mental health practitioners with experience working with Indian survivors of trafficking and sexual assault.. Not fewer than 3 national, regional, or urban Indian organizations focused on violence against women and children on Indian lands or against Indians. At least 2 Indian survivors of human trafficking At least 2 family members of missing Indian people. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES At least 2 family members of murdered Indian people. IV. Call for Non-Federal Commission Member Nominations Under Section 4, the Act requires that the Commission be comprised of only Federal and non-Federal representatives. Specifically, nominations for non-Federal primary members who can fulfill the obligations of membership that are listed above are requested. Qualified alternate members will be identified from this pool of nominees. The Secretary, in coordination with the Attorney General, will consider nonFederal employee nominations for representatives only if they are nominated through the process identified in this notice. The Secretary will not consider any nominations that are received in any other manner. The Secretary will not consider nominations for Federal representatives; only the Secretary, in coordination with the Attorney General, may appoint Federal employees to the Commission. Nominations must include the following information about each nominee: 1. The nominee’s name, contact information, geographic location, and Tribal affiliation. 2. A resume that describes the nominees’ qualifications for specific membership category(ies). Please refer to the membership criteria stated in this notice. 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Including urban and rural representation (including Alaska). • Selected from nominations submitted by the Indian Tribe. • Demonstrated substantive expertise in the issues. • Nominees in this category should be a mix of elected tribal leadership, council members, social services, victim services, wellness and/or family courts. • Letter of recommendation from a local Tribal chair or Tribal law enforcement officer. • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of cultural relevancy. • Demonstrate an understanding of the Indian Health Service, or clinical health services on tribal lands. • National, regional, or urban organization. • • • • • Have established track record with a history of funding e.g., existed for 10 years or longer. A letter from an individual or entity who can validate they are survivors. A letter from a federally recognized Tribe is a plus but not required. Nominees in this category should be geographically diverse including urban/rural diversity. A letter from an individual or entity who can validate they have a missing family member. • A letter from a federally recognized Tribe is a plus but not required. • Nominees in this category should be geographically diverse including urban/rural diversity. • A letter from an individual or entity who can validate they have a murdered family member. • A letter from a federally recognized Tribe is a plus but not required. • Nominees in this category should be geographically diverse including urban/rural diversity. 3. A personal statement of the reasons why the nominee wants to serve on the Commission including examples of work or professional experience at the local, Tribal or urban community level, and/or regionally, nationally. 4. A statement committing to the time to contribute meaningfully to Commission deliberations including work groups. 5. Any additional comments, including culturally relevant skills and personal experience, that could help contribute to the Commission’s deliberations. 6. Where specified in the membership criteria, one or more letters of recommendation. To be considered, nominations must be received by the close of business on the date listed in the DATES section, at the location indicated in the ADDRESSES section. V. Comments Frm 00098 Bryan Newland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2021–16699 Filed 8–4–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [212A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 are notifying you that we have adjusted the irrigation assessment rates at several of our irrigation projects and facilities to SUMMARY: You may submit your comments by any one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask the Department in PO 00000 your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public view, the Department cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 42874 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 148 / Thursday, August 5, 2021 / Notices reflect current costs of administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation. The irrigation assessment rates are current as of January 1, 2021. DATES: For details about a particular BIA irrigation project or facility, please use the tables in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section to identify contacts at the regional or local office at which the project or facility is located. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A Notice of Proposed Rate Adjustment was published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2021 (86 FR 24884) to propose adjustments to the irrigation assessment rates at several BIA irrigation projects. The public and interested parties were provided an opportunity to submit written comments during the 60-day period that ended July 9, 2021. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Did BIA defer or change any proposed rate increases? No. BIA did not defer or change any proposed rate increases. irrigation project that serves you, or you can use the internet site for the Government Publishing Office at www.gpo.gov. Did BIA receive any comments on the proposed irrigation assessment rate adjustments? No. BIA did not receive any comments on the proposed irrigation assessment rate adjustments. What authorizes you to issue this notice? Does this notice affect me? This notice affects you if you own or lease land within the assessable acreage of one of our irrigation projects or if you have a carriage agreement with one of our irrigation projects. Where can I get information on the regulatory and legal citations in this notice? You can contact the appropriate office(s) stated in the tables for the Project name Our authority to issue this notice is vested in the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) by 5 U.S.C. 301 and the Act of August 14, 1914 (38 Stat. 583; 25 U.S.C. 385). The Secretary has in turn delegated this authority to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs under Part 209, Chapter 8.1A, of the Department of the Interior’s Departmental Manual. Whom can I contact for further information? The following tables are the regional and project/agency contacts for our irrigation facilities. Project/agency contacts Northwest Region Contacts Bryan Mercier, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northwest Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232–4169, Telephone: (503) 231–6702. Flathead Indian Irrigation Project .... Fort Hall Irrigation Project ............... Wapato Irrigation Project ................ Larry Nelson, Acting Irrigation Project Manager, P.O. Box 40, Pablo, MT 59855, Telephone: (406) 745– 2661. David Bollinger, Irrigation Project Manager, Building #2 Bannock Avenue, Fort Hall, ID 83203–0220, Telephone: (208) 238–1992. Pete Plant, Project Administrator, 413 South Camas Avenue, Wapato, WA 98951–0220, Telephone: (509) 877–3155. Rocky Mountain Region Contacts Susan Messerly, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, 2021 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101, Telephone: (406) 247–7943. Blackfeet Irrigation Project .............. Crow Irrigation Project .................... Fort Belknap Irrigation Project ........ Fort Peck Irrigation Project ............. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Wind River Irrigation Project ........... Thedis Crowe, Superintendent, Greg Tatsey, Irrigation Project Manager, P.O. Box 880, Browning, MT 59417, Telephones: (406) 338–7544 Superintendent, (406) 338–7519 Irrigation Project Manager. Clifford Serawop, Superintendent, Jim Gappa, Acting Irrigation Project Manager (BIA), (Project operation & maintenance performed by Water Users Association), P.O. Box 69, Crow Agency, MT 59022, Telephones: (406) 638–2672 Superintendent, (406) 247–7998 Acting Irrigation Project Manager. Mark Azure, Superintendent, Jim Gappa, Acting Irrigation Project Manager (BIA), (Project operation & maintenance contracted to Fort Belknap Indian Community under PL 93–638), 158 Tribal Way, Suite B, Harlem, MT 59526, Telephones: (406) 353–2901 Superintendent, (406) 247–7998 Acting Irrigation Project Manager, (406) 353–8466 Tribal Irrigation Office. Anna Eder, Superintendent, Jim Gappa, Acting Irrigation Project Manager (BIA), (Project operation & maintenance performed by Fort Peck Water Users Association), P.O. Box 637, Poplar, MT 59255, Telephones: (406) 768–5312 Superintendent, (406) 247–7998 Acting Irrigation Project Manager, (406) 653– 1752 Lead ISO—Huber Wright. Leslie Shakespeare, Superintendent, Jim Gappa, Acting Irrigation Project Manager (BIA), (Project operation & maintenance for Little Wind, Johnstown, and Lefthand Units contracted to Tribes under PL 93– 638; Little Wind-Ray and Upper Wind Units operation & maintenance performed by Ray Canal, A Canal, and Crowheart Water Users Associations), P.O. Box 158, Fort Washakie, WY 82514, Telephones: (307) 332–7810 Superintendent, (406) 247–7998 Acting Irrigation Project Manager. Southwest Region Contacts Patricia L. Mattingly, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest Regional Office, 1001 Indian School Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, Telephone: (505) 563–3100. Pine River Irrigation Project ............ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Aug 04, 2021 Priscilla Bancroft, Superintendent, Vickie Begay, Irrigation Project Manager, P.O. Box 315, Ignacio, CO 81137–0315, Telephones: (970) 563–4511 Superintendent, (970) 563–9484 Irrigation Project Manager. Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 42875 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 148 / Thursday, August 5, 2021 / Notices Project name Project/agency contacts Western Region Contacts Bryan Bowker, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western Regional Office, 2600 North Central Avenue, 4th Floor Mailroom, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Telephone: (602) 379–6600. Colorado River Irrigation Project .... Duck Valley Irrigation Project ......... Yuma Project, Indian Unit ............... San Carlos Irrigation Project (Indian Works and Joint Works). Uintah Irrigation Project .................. Walker River Irrigation Project ........ Davetta Ameelyenah, Superintendent, Gary Colvin, Irrigation Project Manager, 12124 1st Avenue, Parker, AZ 85344, Telephones: (928) 669–7111 Superintendent, (928) 662–4392 Irrigation Project Manager. Joseph McDade, Superintendent, (Project operation & maintenance compacted to Shoshone-Paiute Tribes under PL 93–638), 2719 Argent Avenue, Suite 4, Gateway Plaza, Elko, NV 89801, Telephones: (775) 738–5165 Superintendent, (208) 759–3100 Tribal Office. Denni Shields, Superintendent, (Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) owns the Project and is responsible for operation & maintenance), 256 South Second Avenue, Suite D, Yuma, AZ 85364, Telephones: (928) 782– 1202 Superintendent, (928) 343–8100 BOR Area Office Manager. Ferris Begay, Project Manager (BIA), Kyle Varvel, Acting Supervisory Civil Engineer (BIA), (Portions of Indian Works operation & maintenance compacted to Gila River Indian Community under PL 93–638), 13805 North Arizona Boulevard, Coolidge, AZ 85128, Telephones: (520) 723–6225 Project Manager, (520) 562–3372 Acting Supervisory Civil Engineer, (520) 562–6720 Gila River Indian Irrigation & Drainage District. Antonio Pingree, Superintendent, Ken Asay, Irrigation System Manager (BIA), (Project operation & maintenance performed by Uintah Indian Irrigation Project Operation and Maintenance Company), P.O. Box 130, Fort Duchesne, UT 84026, Telephones: (435) 722–4300 Superintendent, (435) 722–4344 Irrigation System Manager, (435) 724–5200 Uintah Indian Irrigation Operation and Maintenance Company. Gerry Emm, Acting Superintendent, 311 East Washington Street, Carson City, NV 89701, Telephone: (775) 887–3500. What irrigation assessments or charges are adjusted by this notice? The rate table below contains final rates for the 2021 and 2022 calendar years for all irrigation projects where we recover costs of administering, operating, maintaining, and rehabilitating them. An asterisk Project name immediately following the rate category notes the irrigation projects where 2021 rates are different from the 2022 rates. Final 2021 rate Rate category Final 2022 rate Northwest Region Rate Table Flathead Irrigation Project ......................................................................... Fort Hall Irrigation Project .......................................................................... Fort Hall Irrigation Project—Minor Units .................................................... Fort Hall Irrigation Project—Michaud Unit ................................................. Wapato Irrigation Project—Toppenish/Simcoe Units ................................ Wapato Irrigation Project—Ahtanum Units ................................................ Wapato Irrigation Project—Satus Unit ....................................................... Wapato Irrigation Project—Additional Works ............................................ Wapato Irrigation Project—Water Rental .................................................. Basic per acre—A ........................... Basic per acre—B ........................... Minimum charge per tract ............... Basic per acre * ............................... Minimum charge per tract * ............. Basic per acre * ............................... Minimum charge per tract * ............. Basic per acre * ............................... Pressure per acre * .......................... Minimum charge per tract * ............. Minimum charge per bill .................. Basic per acre ................................. Minimum charge per bill .................. Basic per acre ................................. Minimum charge per bill .................. ‘‘A’’ Basic per acre .......................... ‘‘B’’ Basic per acre .......................... Minimum charge per bill .................. Basic per acre ................................. Minimum charge per bill .................. Basic per acre ................................. $33.50 16.75 75.00 58.50 39.00 38.00 39.00 63.50 99.50 39.00 25.00 25.00 30.00 30.00 79.00 79.00 85.00 80.00 80.00 86.00 86.00 $33.50 16.75 75.00 62.50 40.00 41.00 40.00 68.50 106.50 40.00 25.00 25.00 30.00 30.00 79.00 79.00 85.00 80.00 80.00 86.00 86.00 Basic per acre ................................. Basic per acre ................................. 20.50 28.50 20.50 28.50 Basic per acre ................................. 28.50 28.50 Basic Basic Basic Basic Basic Basic Basic 14.00 2.00 17.00 27.00 25.00 22.00 47.00 14.00 2.00 18.00 27.00 25.00 22.00 47.00 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Rocky Mountain Region Rate Table Blackfeet Irrigation Project ......................................................................... Crow Irrigation Project—Willow Creek O&M (includes Agency, Lodge Grass #1, Lodge Grass #2, Reno, Upper Little Horn, and Forty Mile Units). Crow Irrigation Project—All Others (includes Bighorn, Soap Creek, and Pryor Units). Crow Irrigation Project—Two Leggins Unit ............................................... Crow Irrigation Two Leggins Drainage District .......................................... Fort Belknap Irrigation Project ................................................................... Fort Peck Irrigation Project ........................................................................ Wind River Irrigation Project—Units 2, 3 and 4 ........................................ Wind River Irrigation Project—Unit 6 ........................................................ Wind River Irrigation Project—LeClair District (See Note #1) .................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Aug 04, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 per per per per per per per Sfmt 4703 acre ................................. acre ................................. acre * ............................... acre ................................. acre ................................. acre ................................. acre ................................. E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 42876 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 148 / Thursday, August 5, 2021 / Notices Final 2021 rate Project name Rate category Wind River Irrigation Project—Crow Heart Unit ........................................ Wind River Irrigation Project—A Canal Unit ............................................. Wind River Irrigation Project—Riverton Valley Irrigation District (See Note #1). Basic per acre ................................. Basic per acre ................................. Basic per acre ................................. Final 2022 rate 16.50 16.50 30.65 16.50 16.50 30.65 50.00 22.00 50.00 22.50 61.50 64.00 18.00 18.00 5.30 154.50 30.00 5.30 (+) (+) 154.50 (+) 25.78 26.00 Southwest Region Rate Table Pine River Irrigation Project ....................................................................... Minimum charge per tract ............... Basic per acre * ............................... Western Region Rate Table Colorado River Irrigation Project ............................................................... Duck Valley Irrigation Project .................................................................... Yuma Project, Indian Unit (See Note #2) .................................................. San Carlos Irrigation Project (Joint Works) (See Note #3) ....................... Basic per acre up to 5.75 acrefeet *. Excess Water per acre-foot over 5.75 acre-feet. Basic per acre ................................. Basic per acre up to 5.0 acre-feet * Excess Water per acre-foot over 5.0 acre-feet *. Basic per acre up to 5.0 acre-feet (Ranch 5) *. Basic per acre * ............................... Final 2022 Construction Water Rate Schedule: Administrative Fee. Usage Fee ...... Excess Water Rate †. Off project construction On project construction— gravity water $300.00 ........... $300.00 ........... $300.00. $250.00 per month. $5.00 per 1,000 gal. No Fee ............ $100.00 per acre foot. No Charge. Final 2021 rate Project name Rate category San Carlos Irrigation Project (Indian Works) (See Note #4) ..................... Uintah Irrigation Project ............................................................................. Basic per acre * ............................... Basic per acre ................................. Minimum Bill .................................... Basic per acre ................................. Walker River Irrigation Project ................................................................... No Charge ...... $97.78 23.00 25.00 31.00 On project construction— pump water Final 2022 rate $90.50 23.00 25.00 31.00 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES * Notes irrigation projects where rates are adjusted. + These rates have not yet been determined. † The excess water rate applies to all water used in excess of 50,000 gallons in any one month. Note #1: O&M rates for LeClair and Riverton Valley Irrigation Districts apply to trust lands that are serviced by each irrigation district. The annual O&M rates are based on budgets submitted by LeClair and Riverton Valley Irrigation Districts, respectively. Note #2: The O&M rate for the Yuma Project, Indian Unit has two components. The first component of the O&M rate is established by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the owner and operator of the Project. BOR’s rate, which is based upon the annual budget submitted by BOR, is $151.00 for 2021 but has not been established for 2022. The second component of the O&M rate is established by BIA to cover administrative costs, which includes billing and collections for the Project. The 2021 BIA rate component is $3.50/acre. The final 2022 BIA rate component is $4.00/acre. Note #3: The Construction Water Rate Schedule identifies fees assessed for use of irrigation water for non-irrigation purposes. Note #4: The O&M rate for the San Carlos Irrigation Project—Indian Works has three components. The first component is established by BIA San Carlos Irrigation Project—Indian Works, the owner and operator of the Project; the 2021 rate is $56.00 per acre, and the final 2022 rate is $56.50 per acre. The second component is established by BIA San Carlos Irrigation Project—Joint Works; the 2021 rate is $25.78, and the final 2022 rate is $26.00 per acre. The third component is established by the San Carlos Irrigation Project Joint Control Board (comprised of representatives from the Gila River Indian Community and the San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District); the 2021 rate is $16.00 per acre, and the 2022 rate is $8.00 per acre. Consultation and Coordination With Tribal Governments (Executive Order 13175) The Department of the Interior strives to strengthen its government-togovernment relationship with Indian Tribes through a commitment to consultation with Indian Tribes and recognition of their right to self- VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Aug 04, 2021 Jkt 253001 governance and Tribal sovereignty. We have evaluated this notice under the Department’s consultation policy and under the criteria of Executive Order 13175 and have determined there to be substantial direct effects on federally recognized Tribes because the irrigation projects are located on or associated with Indian reservations. To fulfill its consultation responsibility to Tribes and PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Tribal organizations, BIA communicates, coordinates, and consults on a continuing basis with these entities on issues of water delivery, water availability, and costs of administration, operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of projects that concern them. This is accomplished at the individual irrigation project by project, agency, and regional E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 148 / Thursday, August 5, 2021 / Notices representatives, as appropriate, in accordance with local protocol and procedures. This notice is one component of our overall coordination and consultation process to provide notice to, and request comments from, these entities when we adjust irrigation assessment rates. Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use (Executive Order 13211) The rate adjustments are not a significant energy action under the definition in Executive Order 13211. A Statement of Energy Effects is not required. Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866) These rate adjustments are not a significant regulatory action and do not need to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. Regulatory Flexibility Act These rate adjustments are not a rule for the purposes of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because they establish ‘‘a rule of particular applicability relating to rates.’’ 5 U.S.C. 601(2). Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 These rate adjustments do not impose an unfunded mandate on state, local, or Tribal governments in the aggregate, or on the private sector, of more than $130 million per year. They do not have a significant or unique effect on State, local, or Tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, the Department is not required to prepare a statement containing the information required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Takings (Executive Order 12630) These rate adjustments do not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have ‘‘takings’’ implications under Executive Order 12630. The rate adjustments do not deprive the public, State, or local governments of rights or property. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federalism (Executive Order 13132) Under the criteria in section 1 of Executive Order 13132, these rate adjustments do not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a federalism summary impact statement because they will not affect the States, the relationship between the national government and the States, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among various VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Aug 04, 2021 Jkt 253001 levels of government. A federalism summary impact statement is not required. Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988) This notice complies with the requirements of Executive Order 12988. Specifically, in issuing this notice, the Department has taken the necessary steps to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguity, minimize potential litigation, and provide a clear legal standard for affected conduct as required by section 3 of Executive Order 12988. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 These rate adjustments do not affect the collections of information which have been approved by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The OMB Control Number is 1076–0141 and expires January 31, 2023. National Environmental Policy Act The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and that no detailed statement is required under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4321–4370(d)), pursuant to 43 CFR 46.210(i). In addition, the rate adjustments do not present any of the 12 extraordinary circumstances listed at 43 CFR 46.215. Bryan Newland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2021–16696 Filed 8–4–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [212A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900253G] Bureau of Indian Education Strategic Direction 2018–2023 Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of tribal and public listening sessions. AGENCY: The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) invites Tribes and stakeholders to listening sessions on its BIE Strategic Direction for 2018–2023 document for input on whether adjustments are appropriate for years 2022 and 2023, given the unforeseen events of the past year and a half. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42877 DATES: Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for dates of the sessions and information on which Strategic Direction mission area will be discussed at each session. Written comments are due September 3, 2021. ADDRESSES: Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for links to register for each session. You will receive a confirmation email upon registration with directions for joining. Written comments may be emailed to Chelsea.Wilson@bie.edu. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chelsea Wilson, Program Analyst, Performance Office, at (703) 581–3064 or Chelsea.Wilson@bie.edu. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BIE is currently in its third year of implementing its strategic planning document, BIE Strategic Direction (‘‘Direction’’) for 2018–2023. BIE developed the Direction with input from Tribal leaders and stakeholders such as school boards, educators, and families of Native students. Given the unforeseen events of the past year and a half, BIE is revisiting the Direction to conduct a mid-cycle check and make any appropriate adjustments to the milestones for years 4 and 5 of the Direction. To obtain Tribes’ and public stakeholders’ input on years 4 and 5 of the Direction, we have designated a separate session to focus on each of the Direction’s six mission areas and goals, as follows: Mission Area: Comprehensive Strategic Direction Overview, August 24, 2021, 10 a.m.–11 a.m. CST, https:// doilearn2.webex.com/doilearn2/ onstage/g.php?MTID=e97f55ec4f62e 7837bddd0e5824c48cfe Goal 01—High-Quality, Early Childhood Education, August 24, 2021, 2 p.m.–1:30 p.m. CST, https:// doilearn2.webex.com/doilearn2/ onstage/g.php?MTID=e923a6532db9 ab220265e3d7c7dda71c0 Goal 02—Wellness, Behavioral Health, and Safety, August 25, 2021, 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. CST, https:// doilearn2.webex.com/doilearn2/ onstage/g.php?MTID=ece4c91a 0085438908204c810753e3062 Goal 03—K–12 Instruction and High Academic Standards, August 25, 2021, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CST, https:// doilearn2.webex.com/doilearn2/ onstage/g.php?MTID=ee71e40e 9d2ac48dc4149533cc5f816c5 Goal 04—Postsecondary and Career Readiness, August 25, 2021, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m. CST, https://doilearn2.webex.com/ doilearn2/onstage/g.php?MTID= e4529f0e4b103765d2c388655afd99f34 E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

[212A2100DD/AAKC001030/A0A501010.999900 253G]


Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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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 are notifying 
you that we have adjusted the irrigation assessment rates at several of 
our irrigation projects and facilities to

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reflect current costs of administration, operation, maintenance, and 
rehabilitation.

DATES: The irrigation assessment rates are current as of January 1, 
2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For details about a particular BIA 
irrigation project or facility, please use the tables in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section to identify contacts at the regional 
or local office at which the project or facility is located.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A Notice of Proposed Rate Adjustment was 
published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2021 (86 FR 24884) to 
propose adjustments to the irrigation assessment rates at several BIA 
irrigation projects. The public and interested parties were provided an 
opportunity to submit written comments during the 60-day period that 
ended July 9, 2021.

Did BIA defer or change any proposed rate increases?

    No. BIA did not defer or change any proposed rate increases.

Did BIA receive any comments on the proposed irrigation assessment rate 
adjustments?

    No. BIA did not receive any comments on the proposed irrigation 
assessment rate adjustments.

Does this notice affect me?

    This notice affects you if you own or lease land within the 
assessable acreage of one of our irrigation projects or if you have a 
carriage agreement with one of our irrigation projects.

Where can I get information on the regulatory and legal citations in 
this notice?

    You can contact the appropriate office(s) stated in the tables for 
the irrigation project that serves you, or you can use the internet 
site for the Government Publishing Office at www.gpo.gov.

What authorizes you to issue this notice?

    Our authority to issue this notice is vested in the Secretary of 
the Interior (Secretary) by 5 U.S.C. 301 and the Act of August 14, 1914 
(38 Stat. 583; 25 U.S.C. 385). The Secretary has in turn delegated this 
authority to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs under Part 209, 
Chapter 8.1A, of the Department of the Interior's Departmental Manual.

Whom can I contact for further information?

    The following tables are the regional and project/agency contacts 
for our irrigation facilities.

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           Project name                    Project/agency contacts
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                        Northwest Region Contacts
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  Bryan Mercier, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northwest
Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4169, Telephone:
                             (503) 231-6702.
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Flathead Indian Irrigation Project  Larry Nelson, Acting Irrigation
                                     Project Manager, P.O. Box 40,
                                     Pablo, MT 59855, Telephone: (406)
                                     745-2661.
Fort Hall Irrigation Project......  David Bollinger, Irrigation Project
                                     Manager, Building #2 Bannock
                                     Avenue, Fort Hall, ID 83203-0220,
                                     Telephone: (208) 238-1992.
Wapato Irrigation Project.........  Pete Plant, Project Administrator,
                                     413 South Camas Avenue, Wapato, WA
                                     98951-0220, Telephone: (509) 877-
                                     3155.
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                     Rocky Mountain Region Contacts
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   Susan Messerly, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky
  Mountain Regional Office, 2021 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101,
                       Telephone: (406) 247-7943.
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Blackfeet Irrigation Project......  Thedis Crowe, Superintendent, Greg
                                     Tatsey, Irrigation Project Manager,
                                     P.O. Box 880, Browning, MT 59417,
                                     Telephones: (406) 338-7544
                                     Superintendent, (406) 338-7519
                                     Irrigation Project Manager.
Crow Irrigation Project...........  Clifford Serawop, Superintendent,
                                     Jim Gappa, Acting Irrigation
                                     Project Manager (BIA), (Project
                                     operation & maintenance performed
                                     by Water Users Association), P.O.
                                     Box 69, Crow Agency, MT 59022,
                                     Telephones: (406) 638-2672
                                     Superintendent, (406) 247-7998
                                     Acting Irrigation Project Manager.
Fort Belknap Irrigation Project...  Mark Azure, Superintendent, Jim
                                     Gappa, Acting Irrigation Project
                                     Manager (BIA), (Project operation &
                                     maintenance contracted to Fort
                                     Belknap Indian Community under PL
                                     93-638), 158 Tribal Way, Suite B,
                                     Harlem, MT 59526, Telephones: (406)
                                     353-2901 Superintendent, (406) 247-
                                     7998 Acting Irrigation Project
                                     Manager, (406) 353-8466 Tribal
                                     Irrigation Office.
Fort Peck Irrigation Project......  Anna Eder, Superintendent, Jim
                                     Gappa, Acting Irrigation Project
                                     Manager (BIA), (Project operation &
                                     maintenance performed by Fort Peck
                                     Water Users Association), P.O. Box
                                     637, Poplar, MT 59255, Telephones:
                                     (406) 768-5312 Superintendent,
                                     (406) 247-7998 Acting Irrigation
                                     Project Manager, (406) 653-1752
                                     Lead ISO--Huber Wright.
Wind River Irrigation Project.....  Leslie Shakespeare, Superintendent,
                                     Jim Gappa, Acting Irrigation
                                     Project Manager (BIA), (Project
                                     operation & maintenance for Little
                                     Wind, Johnstown, and Lefthand Units
                                     contracted to Tribes under PL 93-
                                     638; Little Wind-Ray and Upper Wind
                                     Units operation & maintenance
                                     performed by Ray Canal, A Canal,
                                     and Crowheart Water Users
                                     Associations), P.O. Box 158, Fort
                                     Washakie, WY 82514, Telephones:
                                     (307) 332-7810 Superintendent,
                                     (406) 247-7998 Acting Irrigation
                                     Project Manager.
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                        Southwest Region Contacts
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   Patricia L. Mattingly, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
 Southwest Regional Office, 1001 Indian School Road NW, Albuquerque, NM
                    87104, Telephone: (505) 563-3100.
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Pine River Irrigation Project.....  Priscilla Bancroft, Superintendent,
                                     Vickie Begay, Irrigation Project
                                     Manager, P.O. Box 315, Ignacio, CO
                                     81137-0315, Telephones: (970) 563-
                                     4511 Superintendent, (970) 563-9484
                                     Irrigation Project Manager.
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                         Western Region Contacts
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   Bryan Bowker, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western
Regional Office, 2600 North Central Avenue, 4th Floor Mailroom, Phoenix,
                  AZ 85004, Telephone: (602) 379-6600.
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Colorado River Irrigation Project.  Davetta Ameelyenah, Superintendent,
                                     Gary Colvin, Irrigation Project
                                     Manager, 12124 1st Avenue, Parker,
                                     AZ 85344, Telephones: (928) 669-
                                     7111 Superintendent, (928) 662-4392
                                     Irrigation Project Manager.
Duck Valley Irrigation Project....  Joseph McDade, Superintendent,
                                     (Project operation & maintenance
                                     compacted to Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
                                     under PL 93-638), 2719 Argent
                                     Avenue, Suite 4, Gateway Plaza,
                                     Elko, NV 89801, Telephones: (775)
                                     738-5165 Superintendent, (208) 759-
                                     3100 Tribal Office.
Yuma Project, Indian Unit.........  Denni Shields, Superintendent,
                                     (Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) owns
                                     the Project and is responsible for
                                     operation & maintenance), 256 South
                                     Second Avenue, Suite D, Yuma, AZ
                                     85364, Telephones: (928) 782-1202
                                     Superintendent, (928) 343-8100 BOR
                                     Area Office Manager.
San Carlos Irrigation Project       Ferris Begay, Project Manager (BIA),
 (Indian Works and Joint Works).     Kyle Varvel, Acting Supervisory
                                     Civil Engineer (BIA), (Portions of
                                     Indian Works operation &
                                     maintenance compacted to Gila River
                                     Indian Community under PL 93-638),
                                     13805 North Arizona Boulevard,
                                     Coolidge, AZ 85128, Telephones:
                                     (520) 723-6225 Project Manager,
                                     (520) 562-3372 Acting Supervisory
                                     Civil Engineer, (520) 562-6720 Gila
                                     River Indian Irrigation & Drainage
                                     District.
Uintah Irrigation Project.........  Antonio Pingree, Superintendent, Ken
                                     Asay, Irrigation System Manager
                                     (BIA), (Project operation &
                                     maintenance performed by Uintah
                                     Indian Irrigation Project Operation
                                     and Maintenance Company), P.O. Box
                                     130, Fort Duchesne, UT 84026,
                                     Telephones: (435) 722-4300
                                     Superintendent, (435) 722-4344
                                     Irrigation System Manager, (435)
                                     724-5200 Uintah Indian Irrigation
                                     Operation and Maintenance Company.
Walker River Irrigation Project...  Gerry Emm, Acting Superintendent,
                                     311 East Washington Street, Carson
                                     City, NV 89701, Telephone: (775)
                                     887-3500.
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What irrigation assessments or charges are adjusted by this notice?

    The rate table below contains final rates for the 2021 and 2022 
calendar years for all irrigation projects where we recover costs of 
administering, operating, maintaining, and rehabilitating them. An 
asterisk immediately following the rate category notes the irrigation 
projects where 2021 rates are different from the 2022 rates.

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                                                                                    Final 2021      Final 2022
                 Project name                             Rate category                rate            rate
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                                           Northwest Region Rate Table
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Flathead Irrigation Project...................  Basic per acre--A...............          $33.50          $33.50
                                                Basic per acre--B...............           16.75           16.75
                                                Minimum charge per tract........           75.00           75.00
Fort Hall Irrigation Project..................  Basic per acre *................           58.50           62.50
                                                Minimum charge per tract *......           39.00           40.00
Fort Hall Irrigation Project--Minor Units.....  Basic per acre *................           38.00           41.00
                                                Minimum charge per tract *......           39.00           40.00
Fort Hall Irrigation Project--Michaud Unit....  Basic per acre *................           63.50           68.50
                                                Pressure per acre *.............           99.50          106.50
                                                Minimum charge per tract *......           39.00           40.00
Wapato Irrigation Project--Toppenish/Simcoe     Minimum charge per bill.........           25.00           25.00
 Units.
                                                Basic per acre..................           25.00           25.00
Wapato Irrigation Project--Ahtanum Units......  Minimum charge per bill.........           30.00           30.00
                                                Basic per acre..................           30.00           30.00
Wapato Irrigation Project--Satus Unit.........  Minimum charge per bill.........           79.00           79.00
                                                ``A'' Basic per acre............           79.00           79.00
                                                ``B'' Basic per acre............           85.00           85.00
Wapato Irrigation Project--Additional Works...  Minimum charge per bill.........           80.00           80.00
                                                Basic per acre..................           80.00           80.00
Wapato Irrigation Project--Water Rental.......  Minimum charge per bill.........           86.00           86.00
                                                Basic per acre..................           86.00           86.00
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                                        Rocky Mountain Region Rate Table
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Blackfeet Irrigation Project..................  Basic per acre..................           20.50           20.50
Crow Irrigation Project--Willow Creek O&M       Basic per acre..................           28.50           28.50
 (includes Agency, Lodge Grass #1, Lodge Grass
 #2, Reno, Upper Little Horn, and Forty Mile
 Units).
Crow Irrigation Project--All Others (includes   Basic per acre..................           28.50           28.50
 Bighorn, Soap Creek, and Pryor Units).
Crow Irrigation Project--Two Leggins Unit.....  Basic per acre..................           14.00           14.00
Crow Irrigation Two Leggins Drainage District.  Basic per acre..................            2.00            2.00
Fort Belknap Irrigation Project...............  Basic per acre *................           17.00           18.00
Fort Peck Irrigation Project..................  Basic per acre..................           27.00           27.00
Wind River Irrigation Project--Units 2, 3 and   Basic per acre..................           25.00           25.00
 4.
Wind River Irrigation Project--Unit 6.........  Basic per acre..................           22.00           22.00
Wind River Irrigation Project--LeClair          Basic per acre..................           47.00           47.00
 District (See Note #1).

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Wind River Irrigation Project--Crow Heart Unit  Basic per acre..................           16.50           16.50
Wind River Irrigation Project--A Canal Unit...  Basic per acre..................           16.50           16.50
Wind River Irrigation Project--Riverton Valley  Basic per acre..................           30.65           30.65
 Irrigation District (See Note #1).
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                                           Southwest Region Rate Table
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Pine River Irrigation Project.................  Minimum charge per tract........           50.00           50.00
                                                Basic per acre *................           22.00           22.50
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                                            Western Region Rate Table
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Colorado River Irrigation Project.............  Basic per acre up to 5.75 acre-            61.50           64.00
                                                 feet *.
                                                Excess Water per acre-foot over            18.00           18.00
                                                 5.75 acre-feet.
Duck Valley Irrigation Project................  Basic per acre..................            5.30            5.30
Yuma Project, Indian Unit (See Note #2).......  Basic per acre up to 5.0 acre-            154.50             (+)
                                                 feet *.
                                                Excess Water per acre-foot over            30.00             (+)
                                                 5.0 acre-feet *.
                                                Basic per acre up to 5.0 acre-            154.50             (+)
                                                 feet (Ranch 5) *.
San Carlos Irrigation Project (Joint Works)     Basic per acre *................           25.78           26.00
 (See Note #3).
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                                                Final 2022 Construction Water Rate Schedule:
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                                                                                                                               Off project              On project              On project
                                                                                                                               construction        construction--gravity     construction--pump
                                                                                                                                                           water                   water
                                                                                               -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                Administrative Fee.....  $300.00................  $300.00...............  $300.00.
                                                                                                Usage Fee..............  $250.00 per month......  No Fee................  $100.00 per acre foot.
                                                                                                Excess Water Rate        $5.00 per 1,000 gal....  No Charge.............  No Charge.
                                                                                                 [dagger].
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                                                                                    Final 2021      Final 2022
                 Project name                             Rate category                rate            rate
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San Carlos Irrigation Project (Indian Works)    Basic per acre *................          $97.78          $90.50
 (See Note #4).
Uintah Irrigation Project.....................  Basic per acre..................           23.00           23.00
                                                Minimum Bill....................           25.00           25.00
Walker River Irrigation Project...............  Basic per acre..................           31.00           31.00
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* Notes irrigation projects where rates are adjusted.
+ These rates have not yet been determined.
[dagger] The excess water rate applies to all water used in excess of 50,000 gallons in any one month.
Note #1: O&M rates for LeClair and Riverton Valley Irrigation Districts apply to trust lands that are serviced
  by each irrigation district. The annual O&M rates are based on budgets submitted by LeClair and Riverton
  Valley Irrigation Districts, respectively.
Note #2: The O&M rate for the Yuma Project, Indian Unit has two components. The first component of the O&M rate
  is established by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the owner and operator of the Project. BOR's rate, which is
  based upon the annual budget submitted by BOR, is $151.00 for 2021 but has not been established for 2022. The
  second component of the O&M rate is established by BIA to cover administrative costs, which includes billing
  and collections for the Project. The 2021 BIA rate component is $3.50/acre. The final 2022 BIA rate component
  is $4.00/acre.
Note #3: The Construction Water Rate Schedule identifies fees assessed for use of irrigation water for non-
  irrigation purposes.
Note #4: The O&M rate for the San Carlos Irrigation Project--Indian Works has three components. The first
  component is established by BIA San Carlos Irrigation Project--Indian Works, the owner and operator of the
  Project; the 2021 rate is $56.00 per acre, and the final 2022 rate is $56.50 per acre. The second component is
  established by BIA San Carlos Irrigation Project--Joint Works; the 2021 rate is $25.78, and the final 2022
  rate is $26.00 per acre. The third component is established by the San Carlos Irrigation Project Joint Control
  Board (comprised of representatives from the Gila River Indian Community and the San Carlos Irrigation and
  Drainage District); the 2021 rate is $16.00 per acre, and the 2022 rate is $8.00 per acre.

Consultation and Coordination With Tribal Governments (Executive Order 
13175)

    The Department of the Interior strives to strengthen its 
government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes through a 
commitment to consultation with Indian Tribes and recognition of their 
right to self-governance and Tribal sovereignty. We have evaluated this 
notice under the Department's consultation policy and under the 
criteria of Executive Order 13175 and have determined there to be 
substantial direct effects on federally recognized Tribes because the 
irrigation projects are located on or associated with Indian 
reservations. To fulfill its consultation responsibility to Tribes and 
Tribal organizations, BIA communicates, coordinates, and consults on a 
continuing basis with these entities on issues of water delivery, water 
availability, and costs of administration, operation, maintenance, and 
rehabilitation of projects that concern them. This is accomplished at 
the individual irrigation project by project, agency, and regional

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representatives, as appropriate, in accordance with local protocol and 
procedures. This notice is one component of our overall coordination 
and consultation process to provide notice to, and request comments 
from, these entities when we adjust irrigation assessment rates.

Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use (Executive Order 13211)

    The rate adjustments are not a significant energy action under the 
definition in Executive Order 13211. A Statement of Energy Effects is 
not required.

Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Order 12866)

    These rate adjustments are not a significant regulatory action and 
do not need to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under 
Executive Order 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    These rate adjustments are not a rule for the purposes of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act because they establish ``a rule of 
particular applicability relating to rates.'' 5 U.S.C. 601(2).

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    These rate adjustments do not impose an unfunded mandate on state, 
local, or Tribal governments in the aggregate, or on the private 
sector, of more than $130 million per year. They do not have a 
significant or unique effect on State, local, or Tribal governments or 
the private sector. Therefore, the Department is not required to 
prepare a statement containing the information required by the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Takings (Executive Order 12630)

    These rate adjustments do not effect a taking of private property 
or otherwise have ``takings'' implications under Executive Order 12630. 
The rate adjustments do not deprive the public, State, or local 
governments of rights or property.

Federalism (Executive Order 13132)

    Under the criteria in section 1 of Executive Order 13132, these 
rate adjustments do not have sufficient federalism implications to 
warrant the preparation of a federalism summary impact statement 
because they will not affect the States, the relationship between the 
national government and the States, or the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among various levels of government. A federalism 
summary impact statement is not required.

Civil Justice Reform (Executive Order 12988)

    This notice complies with the requirements of Executive Order 
12988. Specifically, in issuing this notice, the Department has taken 
the necessary steps to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguity, 
minimize potential litigation, and provide a clear legal standard for 
affected conduct as required by section 3 of Executive Order 12988.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    These rate adjustments do not affect the collections of information 
which have been approved by the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995. The OMB Control Number is 1076-0141 and expires 
January 31, 2023.

National Environmental Policy Act

    The Department has determined that these rate adjustments do not 
constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality 
of the human environment and that no detailed statement is required 
under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4321-
4370(d)), pursuant to 43 CFR 46.210(i). In addition, the rate 
adjustments do not present any of the 12 extraordinary circumstances 
listed at 43 CFR 46.215.

Bryan Newland,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2021-16696 Filed 8-4-21; 8:45 am]
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