[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 115 (Wednesday, June 15, 2011)]
[Page 35009]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-14923]



Office of the Secretary

Tribal Consultation on Implementation of Indian Land 
Consolidation Program Under Cobell Settlement

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Tribal consultation meeting.


SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary is announcing that it will conduct 
a series of consultation meetings with Indian Tribes to obtain oral and 
written comments concerning the implementation of the Indian Land 
Consolidation Program (ILCP) under the terms of the Cobell Settlement. 
The first Regional consultation meeting will take place in July in 
Billings, Montana for the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains Regions. 
There will be five additional consultations in other Regions. See the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for details.

DATES: The first Regional Tribal consultation meeting will take place 
on Friday, July 15, 2011, in Billings, Montana. Comments must be 
received by September 16, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Michele F. Singer, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs 
and Collaborative Action, Office of the Assistant Secretary--Indian 
Affairs, 1001 Indian School Road, NW., Suite 312, Albuquerque, NM 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele F. Singer, telephone (505) 
563-3805; fax (505) 563-3811.


I. Background

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs' ILCP purchases fractionated interests 
of individually owned trust or restricted fee lands and transfers those 
consolidated interests into Tribal ownership pursuant to the Indian 
Land Consolidation Act, 25 U.S.C. 2201 et seq. The Indian Claims 
Resolution Act of 2010, Public Law 111-291, makes available $1.9 
billion, the majority of which will be used by the Secretary to operate 
the ILCP with the purpose of addressing the problem of fractionation. 
The Act requires consultation with Indian Tribes to identify fractional 
interests within the respective jurisdictions of the Indian Tribes that 
the Department may want to consider purchasing.
    Information and statistics regarding the issue of land 
fractionation will be distributed to the Federally-recognized Indian 
Tribes prior to the consultations. The information will also be made 
available to attendees on the day of each consultation. The Cobell 
Settlement must be approved by the Federal District Court, and a 
fairness hearing before the Court is scheduled for June 20, 2011, in 
Washington, DC.

II. Meeting Details

    The Office of the Secretary will hold the first of a series of 
Tribal consultation meetings on the following schedule:

                Date                        Time            Location
Friday, July 15, 2011..............  9 a.m.-4 p.m.....  Holiday Inn
                                                         Grand Montana
                                                         Hotel &
                                                         Center, 5500
                                                         Midland Road,
                                                         Montana 59101,
                                                         (406) 248-7701

    We will announce additional Tribal consultation meetings by future 
publication in the Federal Register. Written comments will be accepted 
through September 16, 2011, and may be sent to the official listed in 
the ADDRESSES section above.

    Dated: June 9, 2011.
David J. Hayes,
Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
[FR Doc. 2011-14923 Filed 6-13-11; 11:15 am]