Office of Federal Acknowledgment; Reports and Guidance Documents; Availability, etc.
The Department gives notice that the Associate Deputy Secretary of the Interior is revising and clarifying certain internal procedures for managing and processing petitions for Federal acknowledgment as an Indian tribe. These revisions do not change the acknowledgment regulations, 25 CFR part 83.
Submission of Paperwork Reduction Act Request to Office of Management and Budget
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) 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 soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Law and Order on Indian Reservations
This document adds the Winnemucca Indian Tribe (Western Region, Nevada) to the listing of Courts of Indian Offenses. This amendment will establish a Court of Indian Offenses for a period not to exceed 2 years. It is necessary to establish a Court of Indian Offenses with jurisdiction over the Winnemucca Indian Tribe of the Winnemucca Reservation and Colony in order to protect lives and property.
Guidance for Distributing Fiscal Year 2005 Contract Support Funds and Indian Self-Determination Funds
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (Bureau) is publishing this notice to inform the public, the tribes, and Federal staff of the methodology that will be used for the distribution of CSF and ISDF for FY 2005. These funds are distributed as authorized by the Indian Self- Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, as amended, and financed with funds appropriated under the Snyder Act. This distribution methodology is published to ensure eligible recipients and responsible federal employees are aware of program operations for this fiscal year. This is a guidance document, it is not establishing regulations.
This notice publishes approval of the TribalState Compact between the Osage Nation and the State of Oklahoma.
This notice publishes the approval of the Tribal-State Compact between the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and the State of Oklahoma.
This notice publishes approval of the First Amendment to the Tribal-State Compact between the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and the State of Nevada.
Indian Child Welfare Act; Receipt of Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice
This notice is published in exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Principal Deputy Assistant SecretaryIndian Affairs by 209 DM 8. The regulations implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act provide that Indian tribes may designate an agent other than the tribal chairman for service of notice of proceedings under the Act, 25 CFR 23.12. The Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register on an annual basis the names and addresses of the designated agents. This is the current list of Designated Tribal Agents for service of notice, and includes the listings of designated tribal agents received by the Secretary of the Interior prior to the date of this publication.
Notice is given that the Tribal-State Compacts between the Kaw Nation, the Kickapoo Tribe, the Peoria Tribe and the State of Oklahoma are considered to have been approved and are in effect.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of the Guidiville Rancheria's Proposed Trust Acquisition and Casino/Resort Project, City of Richmond, Contra Costa County, CA
This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and the City of Richmond (City), California, as lead agency for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, intend to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a proposed 415 acre trust acquisition and casino/resort project to be located within the City of Richmond, Contra Costa County, California. The purpose of the proposed action is to restore the Guidiville land base of the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of the Guidiville Rancheria (Tribe) and help provide for the economic development of the tribe. The proposed action would additionally serve to meet the City's requirements under the Base Realignment and Closure Act to use a closed Navy fuel depot for economic development purposes. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and alternatives for inclusion in the EIS/EIR.
Amendments to Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Desert Rock Energy Project, San Juan County, NM
This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs is amending its Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Desert Rock Energy Project, San Juan County, New Mexico, published in the Federal Register on November 10, 2004 (69 FR 65215), which described the proposed action. The amendments: (1) Add the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as cooperating agencies; (2) include the mining of up to six million more tons of coal per year from the BHP Navajo Coal Company lease area and delivery of that coal to the proposed power plant, plus the issuance of permits required under the Clean Water Act by the Army Corps of Engineers and/or the EPA, for analysis in the EIS; (3) announce five more public scoping meetings to identify potential issues and alternatives for inclusion in the EIS; and (4) extend the period for public comment on scoping for the EIS.
Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria-Sale and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
This notice publishes the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria's Liquor Control Ordinance. The Ordinance regulates and controls the possession, sale and consumption of liquor within the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria's tribal land. The land is located on trust land and this Ordinance allows for the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages within the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria's tribal land and 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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking comments on the Indian Service Population and Labor Force Estimates as we prepare to renew the collection as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Probate of Indian Trust Estates
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA), Department of the Interior (the Department), are revising their regulations dealing with the probate of Indian trust estates to reflect an organizational change. The Department is consolidating the probate adjudication functions previously handled by attorney decision makers in BIA and by administrative law judges and Indian probate judges in OHA into a new Probate Hearings Division within OHA. As a result, this rule transfers various regulatory provisions dealing with attorney decision makers from BIA's regulations to OHA's.
Grant Availability to Federally-Recognized Indian Tribes for Projects Implementing Traffic Safety on Indian Reservations
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 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, deaths, injuries and property damage within Indian country. Because of the limited funding available for this project, all projects will be reviewed and selected on a competitive basis. This notice informs Indian tribes that grant funds are available and that the information packets are forthcoming. Information packets will be distributed to all tribal leaders on the latest tribal leaders list that is complied by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Notice is given that the Tribal-State Gaming Compact between the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe and the State of Oklahoma is considered approved and is in effect.
Notice is given that the Amendment to the Tribal-State Compact between the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the State of New York is considered to have been approved and is in effect.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
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, 2005.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Pueblo of Jemez's Proposed Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Dona Ana County, NM
This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in cooperation with the Pueblo of Jemez (Pueblo), intends to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed 78.431 acre trust acquisition and casino project to be located within Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The purpose of the proposed action is to improve the economy of the Pueblo and help its members attain economic self-sufficiency. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and alternatives to be considered in the EIS.