Protection and Restoration of Tribal Homelands, 51373-51374 [2021-19846]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 176 / Wednesday, September 15, 2021 / Notices Work Group meeting will be on MS TEAMs video conference and by phone. Call-information as follows: MS TEAMs: https:// outlook.office365.com/calendar/item/ AAMkADA0NGQ2YjA4LTI3ZDgt NGNmOS1iMDc0LTgxNz BmYWZkMzgxOQBGAAAAA ADJO%2FT7FtupTIPnsmUR s6FgBwB5i3zh0RRARbawCO9d77i1 AAAAAAENAAB5i3zh0RRARbaw CO9d77i1AAJxp9NNAAA%3D Call in (audio only): (202) 640–1187 Phone Conference Id: 635973133# Background In 2017, the Congress enacted the Indian Employment Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017, Public Law 115–93, codified at 25 U.S.C. 3401–3417 (‘‘2017 Act’’). The 2017 update amended and expanded the Indian Employment and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992, Public Law 102–477 (as amended in 2017, ‘‘PL 477’’) by, in part, identifying 12 Federal agencies that are now subject to the amended law. Under PL 477, Tribes may propose to integrate eligible grant programs from the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health & Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing & Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs, consolidate and reprogram grant funds in accordance with a single plan, budget, and report approved by the Secretary of the Interior (‘‘477 Plan’’). As required by the 2017 updates to PL 477, the Department of the Interior entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among the 12 Federal agencies to implement PL 477. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Annual Meeting As DOI is the lead agency responsible for implementing of PL 477, the BIA, as delegated by the Secretary of the Interior, announces the annual meeting of participating Tribes and Federal agencies. As directed by statute, the meeting will be co-chaired by the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs, Bryan Newland, and the 477 Tribal Workgroup Committee Chair, Margaret Zientek. 25 U.S.C. 3410(a)(3)(B)(i). The agenda will include: I. Discussion on Public Law 102–477, as amended • Status of Memorandum of Agreement • Recommendation for Changes/ Improvements/Areas to be addressed • Status of Labor Force Report II. Current Status of Participating Tribes VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Sep 14, 2021 Jkt 253001 • 477 Programs to be integrated • Plan Approval/Denials • Waiver Approval/Denials • Funds Transfer • Annual Reports • 477 Tribal Recognition III. Miscellaneous • Financial Assistance for 477 Tribes to develop a database • Expansion of Tribal Programs • Establish 2022 Annual Meeting of participating Tribes and Federal agencies To join the meeting, use MS TEAMs video or call in by phone: MS TEAMs: https:// outlook.office365.com/calendar/item/ AAMkADA0NGQ2YjA4LTI3 ZDgtNGNmOS1iMDc0LTgx NzBmYWZkMzgxOQBGAAA AAADJO%2FT7FtupTIPnsmURs6F gBwB5i3zh0RRARbawCO9d77i1 AAAAAAENAAB5i3zh0RRARbaw CO9d77i1AAJxp9NNAAA%3D Call in (audio only): (202) 640–1187 Phone Conference Id: 635973133# 51373 Regulatory Act (IGRA), Public Law 100– 497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. As required by 25 CFR 293.4, all compacts and amendments are subject to review and approval by the Secretary. The Amendment authorizes each Tribe to engage in sports wagering at the respective Tribe’s class III gaming facilities, updates each Compact to reflect this change in various sections, and incorporates Appendix S, Sports Wagering. The Amendment is approved. Bryan Newland, Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2021–19842 Filed 9–14–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Bryan Newland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs. Protection and Restoration of Tribal Homelands [FR Doc. 2021–19845 Filed 9–14–21; 8:45 am] ACTION: BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [212A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900253G] Indian Gaming; Approval of TribalState Class III Gaming Compact in the State of Washington Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice publishes the approval of the Third Amendment to the Tribal-State Compact (Amendment) for Class III Gaming between the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (Colville Tribe) and the State of Washington (State) and the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation (Shoalwater Bay Tribe) and the State of Washington. DATES: The Amendment takes effect on September 15, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary—Policy and Economic Development, Washington, DC 20240, paula.hart@bia.gov, (202) 219–4066. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Office of the Secretary, Interior. Notice of Tribal consultation sessions. AGENCY: The Department invites representatives of federally recognized Tribes to consult on several topics related to the protection and restoration of Tribal homelands, including but not limited to: the land-into-trust process, leasing and rights-of-way, and sacred sites and treaty rights. DATES: Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for dates of the sessions. Tribes are also invited to submit written input by 11:59 p.m. ET, Friday, November 5, 2021. ADDRESSES: Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for links to register for each of the sessions. Tribes are also invited to submit written input to consultation@ bia.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action—Indian Affairs, (202) 273–4680, or elizabeth.appel@bia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background Protecting and restoring Tribal homelands is a key priority of the Department. While the importance of Tribal homelands undoubtedly touches upon many facets critical to Tribal sovereignty and self-determination, the consultation will focus on three specific topics: The land-into-trust process; E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 51374 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 176 / Wednesday, September 15, 2021 / Notices leasing and rights-of-way; and sacred sites and treaty rights. As a starting point to facilitate discussion, the Department poses the questions stated below and organized by topic. The Department also welcomes additional comments and suggestions from Tribes beyond the questions listed. A. Land-Into-Trust Process 1. Does the Department’s land-intotrust process adequately allow Tribes to consolidate landholdings in or near existing reservations? 2. Does the Department’s land-intotrust process adequately allow Tribes to establish homelands for landless Tribes? 3. How can the Department improve its land-into-trust process to facilitate protection of sacred sites, conservation, and the exercise of civil and criminal jurisdiction? 4. For Tribes in Alaska, how should the Department approach the land-intotrust process to adequately account for factors that are unique to Alaska? B. Leasing and Rights-of-Way 5. Are the Department’s existing regulations governing agricultural leasing on Indian lands adequate to protect the interests of Tribes and Indian landowners? 6. Are any changes needed to the Department’s leasing and rights-of-way procedures to clarify taxing jurisdiction in Indian country and to promote economic development in Indian country? C. Sacred Sites and Treaty Rights 7. What steps can the Department take to ensure that Tribes have the ability to protect their sacred places and access those sites to exercise religious rights? 8. What steps can the Department take to protect the exercise of off-reservation treaty rights, including habitat for treaty resources? 9. What actions can the Department take in relation to other agencies to ensure the protection of sacred sites and treaty rights? khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES D. Overall 10. What is the most pressing need for protection and restoration of Tribal homelands that the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs can help address? Tribal Consultation Sessions To best accommodate Tribes’ locations and ensure everyone’s safety, we will be holding virtual sessions scheduled by time zone. Any Tribal leader unable to make the session reserved for the time zone in which his or her Tribe is located is welcome to join an alternate session. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Sep 14, 2021 Jkt 253001 • Æ Æ Æ • Æ Æ Æ • Æ Æ Æ • Æ Æ Æ For Tribes in the Alaska Time Zone: Monday, October 18, 2021 10 a.m.–12 p.m. ADT Please register in advance at: https:// www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/ vJItc-yopjoqHFybM7shIc8K5hb 8oa0FJB4 For Tribes in the Eastern and Central Time Zones: Thursday, October 21, 2021 2 p.m.–4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m.–3 p.m. CDT Please register in advance at: https:// www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/ vJIscO6hpzwoHyTxxS4siXAZfsSB 5ZixZRI For Tribes in the Mountain Daylight Time Zone: Monday, October 25, 2021 1 p.m.–3 p.m. MDT Please register in advance at: https:// www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/ vJIsduiuqjgsH74MwjdZpgw9uaCJVD_ Uu_Y For Tribes in the Pacific and Mountain Standard Time Zones: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 10 a.m.–12 p.m. PDT Please register in advance at: https:// www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/ vJItd-qvqT4rGagVja9wUUoFds4 1BDPgMYc Bryan Newland, Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2021–19846 Filed 9–14–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [212A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900253G] Indian Gaming; Approval of TribalState Class III Gaming Compact in the State of Washington Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice publishes the approval of the Fourth Amendment to the Tribal-State Compact (Amendment) for Class III Gaming between the Kalispel Tribe of Indians (Tribe) and the State of Washington (State). DATES: The Amendment takes effect on September 15, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary—Policy and Economic Development, Washington, DC 20240, paula.hart@bia.gov, (202) 219–4066. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Regulatory Act (IGRA), Public Law 100– 497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. As required by 25 CFR 293.4, all compacts and amendments are subject to review and approval by the Secretary. The Amendment authorizes the Tribe to engage in sports wagering at the Tribe’s class III gaming facilities, updates the Compact to reflect this change in various sections, and incorporates Appendix S, Sports Wagering. The Amendment is approved. Bryan Newland, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2021–19843 Filed 9–14–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLOR957000.L1440000.BJ0000.212.HAG 21–0078] Filing of Plats of Survey: Oregon/ Washington Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of official filing. AGENCY: The plats of survey of the following described lands are scheduled to be officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Oregon/ Washington State Office, Portland, Oregon, 30 calendar days from the date of this publication. DATES: Protests must be received by the BLM prior to the scheduled date of official filing, October 15, 2021. ADDRESSES: A copy of the plats may be obtained from the Public Room at the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon/ Washington State Office, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204, upon required payment. The plats may be viewed at this location at no cost. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Hartel, Chief Cadastral Surveyor of Oregon/Washington; telephone: (503) 808–6131; email: mhartel@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877– 8339 to contact Ms. Hartel during normal business hours. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The plats of survey of the following described lands are scheduled to be officially filed SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 176 (Wednesday, September 15, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51373-51374]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Protection and Restoration of Tribal Homelands

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Tribal consultation sessions.

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SUMMARY: The Department invites representatives of federally recognized 
Tribes to consult on several topics related to the protection and 
restoration of Tribal homelands, including but not limited to: the 
land-into-trust process, leasing and rights-of-way, and sacred sites 
and treaty rights.

DATES: Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice 
for dates of the sessions. Tribes are also invited to submit written 
input by 11:59 p.m. ET, Friday, November 5, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this 
notice for links to register for each of the sessions. Tribes are also 
invited to submit written input to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Appel, Director, Office of 
Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action--Indian Affairs, (202) 273-
4680, or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Protecting and restoring Tribal homelands is a key priority of the 
Department. While the importance of Tribal homelands undoubtedly 
touches upon many facets critical to Tribal sovereignty and self-
determination, the consultation will focus on three specific topics: 
The land-into-trust process;

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leasing and rights-of-way; and sacred sites and treaty rights. As a 
starting point to facilitate discussion, the Department poses the 
questions stated below and organized by topic. The Department also 
welcomes additional comments and suggestions from Tribes beyond the 
questions listed.

A. Land-Into-Trust Process

    1. Does the Department's land-into-trust process adequately allow 
Tribes to consolidate landholdings in or near existing reservations?
    2. Does the Department's land-into-trust process adequately allow 
Tribes to establish homelands for landless Tribes?
    3. How can the Department improve its land-into-trust process to 
facilitate protection of sacred sites, conservation, and the exercise 
of civil and criminal jurisdiction?
    4. For Tribes in Alaska, how should the Department approach the 
land-into-trust process to adequately account for factors that are 
unique to Alaska?

B. Leasing and Rights-of-Way

    5. Are the Department's existing regulations governing agricultural 
leasing on Indian lands adequate to protect the interests of Tribes and 
Indian landowners?
    6. Are any changes needed to the Department's leasing and rights-
of-way procedures to clarify taxing jurisdiction in Indian country and 
to promote economic development in Indian country?

C. Sacred Sites and Treaty Rights

    7. What steps can the Department take to ensure that Tribes have 
the ability to protect their sacred places and access those sites to 
exercise religious rights?
    8. What steps can the Department take to protect the exercise of 
off-reservation treaty rights, including habitat for treaty resources?
    9. What actions can the Department take in relation to other 
agencies to ensure the protection of sacred sites and treaty rights?

D. Overall

    10. What is the most pressing need for protection and restoration 
of Tribal homelands that the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs can 
help address?

Tribal Consultation Sessions

    To best accommodate Tribes' locations and ensure everyone's safety, 
we will be holding virtual sessions scheduled by time zone. Any Tribal 
leader unable to make the session reserved for the time zone in which 
his or her Tribe is located is welcome to join an alternate session.
 For Tribes in the Alaska Time Zone:
[cir] Monday, October 18, 2021
[cir] 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ADT
[cir] Please register in advance at: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItc-yopjoqHFybM7shIc8K5hb8oa0FJB4
 For Tribes in the Eastern and Central Time Zones:
[cir] Thursday, October 21, 2021
[cir] 2 p.m.-4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m.-3 p.m. CDT
[cir] Please register in advance at: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscO6hpzwoHyTxxS4siXAZfsSB5ZixZRI
 For Tribes in the Mountain Daylight Time Zone:
[cir] Monday, October 25, 2021
[cir] 1 p.m.-3 p.m. MDT
[cir] Please register in advance at: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsduiuqjgsH74MwjdZpgw9uaCJVD_Uu_Y
 For Tribes in the Pacific and Mountain Standard Time Zones:
[cir] Tuesday, October 26, 2021
[cir] 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT
[cir] Please register in advance at: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItd-qvqT4rGagVja9wUUoFds41BDPgMYc

Bryan Newland,
Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2021-19846 Filed 9-14-21; 8:45 am]
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