[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 190 (Friday, September 30, 2011)]
[Pages 60855-60856]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-25291]



Office of the Secretary

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

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Tribal Consultation Meeting and Extension of Comment 


SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary is announcing that it will conduct 
an additional tribal consultation meeting with Indian tribes in Rapid 
City, South Dakota, to obtain oral and written comments concerning the 
implementation of the Indian Land Consolidation Program (ILCP) under 
the terms of the Cobell Settlement. Six consultation meetings in other 
regional locations were announced by a previous notice in the Federal 
Register. This notice also announces an extension of the comment 
deadline. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for 

DATES: The tribal consultation meeting will take place on October 26, 
2011, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Comments for all aforementioned 
consultations must be received by November 1, 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 or access additional details for each 
consultation via the DOI Cobell Web site at http://www.doi.gov/cobell.


I. Background

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs' ILCP purchases fractionated interests 
of individually owned trust lands and transfers those consolidated 
interests into tribal ownership. The Indian Claims Resolution Act of 
2010, Public Law 111-291, makes available $1.9 billion for the 
Secretary to operate the ILCP with the purpose of preventing further 
fractionation. The Act requires consultation with Indian tribes to

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identify fractional interests that should be prioritized for purchase 
through the ILCP.
    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 the consultation.
    To date, the Office of the Secretary held five tribal consultation 
meetings: Friday, July 15, 2011, in Billings, Montana; Thursday, August 
18, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Friday, September 16, 2011, in 
Seattle, Washington; Tuesday, September 27, 2011, in Albuquerque, New 
Mexico; and Thursday, September 29, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona. These 
meetings were announced in previous Federal Register notices. 76 FR 
35009, 76 FR 41808.

II. Meeting Details

    The Office of the Secretary will hold its last two tribal 
consultation meetings on the following schedule:

             Date                      Time               Location
Thursday, October 6, 2011.....  8 a.m.-4 p.m.....  Best Western
                                                    Saddleback Inn and
                                                    Conference Center,
                                                    4300 Southwest
                                                    Third, Oklahoma
                                                    City, OK 73108,
                                                    (405) 947-7000.
                                                    http://www.bestwestern.com/saddlebackinn saddlebackinn
October 26, 2011..............  8 a.m.-4 p.m.....  Best Western Ramkota
                                                    Hotel and Conference
                                                    Center, Rushmore
                                                    Room, 2111 N
                                                    LaCrosse Street,
                                                    Rapid City, SD
                                                    57701, (605) 343-
                                                    http://rapidcity.bwramkota.com/ com/

    Written comments will be accepted through November 1, 2011, and may 
be sent to the official listed in the ADDRESSES section above.

    Dated: September 27, 2011.
David J. Hayes,
Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
[FR Doc. 2011-25291 Filed 9-29-11; 8:45 am]