[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 217 (Thursday, November 12, 2009)]
[Pages 58310-58311]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-27181]



Bureau of Indian Affairs

Tribal Consultation on Draft Revisions to 25 CFR Parts 81 & 82

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs.

ACTION: Notice of tribal consultation meetings.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) 
will conduct consultation meetings with Indian tribes reorganized under 
the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) and the Oklahoma Indian Welfare 
Act, and other interested tribal leaders, to obtain oral and written 
comments concerning the potential revision of regulations at 25 CFR 
part 81, Tribal Reorganization under a Federal Statute, and 25 CFR part 
82, Petitioning Procedures for Tribes Reorganized Under Federal Statute 
and Other Organized Tribes.

DATES: November 30--December 2, 2009, in Anchorage Alaska; January 12, 
2010, in Brooks, California; January 14, 2010, in Pala, California; 
January 20, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and January 26, 2010, in 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of 
this notice for more details.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Colliflower, Tribal 
Relations Specialist, Division of Tribal Government Services, 1849 C 
Street, NW., Mail Stop 4513-MIB, Washington, DC; Telephone (202) 513-
7641; Fax (202) 501-0679.


I. Background

    In 1992, the BIA drafted revisions to 25 CFR part 81 and 25 CFR 
part 82 and held four consultation sessions. The BIA received comments 
and recommendations that are now in the

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current draft version. The current draft version also:
     Incorporates the amendments made to section 16 of the IRA, 
25 U.S.C. 476 (48 Stat. 984), as amended by the Act of November 1, 1988 
(Pub. L. 100-581, 102 Stat. 2938), which established time frames within 
which the Secretary of the Interior must call and conduct Secretarial 
     Reflects the amendments made to section 17 of the IRA by 
the Act of May 24, 1990 (Pub. L. 101-301, 104 Stat. 207) under which 
additional tribes may petition for charter of incorporation and removes 
the requirement of a Secretarial election to ratify new charters;
     Reflects the addition of two new subsections to section 16 
of the IRA by the Technical Corrections Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-363, 
108 Stat. 707), which eliminates distinctions between Indians 
reorganized as historical tribes and those reorganized as communities 
of adult Indians;
     Includes language clarifying that an IRA tribe may amend 
its constitution to remove Secretarial approval of future amendments as 
indicated by the new subsection to Section 16 of the IRA with the 
enactment of the Native American Technical Corrections Act of 2004 
(Pub. L. 106-179, 118 Stat. 453);
     Provides guidelines for the approval or disapproval of 
charters by the Secretary; and
     Corrects demonstrated weaknesses and clarifies confusing 
language in the existing regulations.
    A consultation booklet containing the current draft version of the 
rule will be available for the meetings and will be distributed to 
federally recognized Indian tribes and BIA regional and agency offices.

II. Meeting Details

    Tribal consultation meetings will be held at the following dates 
and locations:

             Date                      Location               Time
November 30-December 2, 2009..  Egan Convention         9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
                                 Center, 555 West 5th    (Local Time).
                                 Avenue, Anchorage,
                                 Alaska; Telephone:
                                 (907) 263-2800.
January 12, 2010..............  Rumsey Rancheria,       9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
                                 Cache Creek Casino &    (Local Time).
                                 Resort, 14455 Highway
                                 16, Brooks,
                                 Telephone: (888) 772-
January 14, 2010..............  Pala Casino Resort &    9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
                                 Spa, 11154 Hwy 76,      (Local Time).
                                 Pala, California
                                 92059; Telephone:
                                 (877) 946-7252.
January 20, 2010..............  Ramada Mall of          9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
                                 America, 2300 East      (Local Time).
                                 American Boulevard,
                                 Minnesota 55425-1228;
                                 Telephone: (952) 854-
January 26, 2010..............  Embassy Suites Hotel,   9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
                                 1815 S. Meridian,       (Local Time).
                                 Oklahoma City,
                                 Oklahoma 73108;
                                 Telephone: (405) 683-

    Dated: November 2, 2009.
Larry Echo Hawk,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. E9-27181 Filed 11-10-09; 8:45 am]