[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 159 (Friday, August 16, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 49990]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-19947]



Bureau of Indian Affairs

25 CFR Part 151

[K00103 12/13 A3A10; 134D0102DR-DS5A300000-DR.5A311.IA000113; Docket 
ID: BIA-2013-0005]
RIN 1076-AF15

Land Acquisitions: Appeals of Land Acquisition Decisions

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; Reopening of comment period.


SUMMARY: In May, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a 
proposed rule revising a section of regulations governing decisions by 
the Secretary to approve or deny applications to acquire land in trust. 
The public comment period for that rule closed in July. This notice 
reopens the comment period for 15 days.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule published May 29, 2013 (78 FR 
32214) must be received by September 3, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods, 
though the Federal rulemaking portal or email are the preferred 

--Federal rulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov. The rule is 
listed under the agency name ``Bureau of Indian Affairs.'' The rule has 
been assigned Docket ID: BIA-2013-0005.
--Email: [email protected]. Include the number 1076-AF15 in the 
subject line of the message.
--Mail or hand delivery: Elizabeth Appel, Office of Regulatory Affairs 
& Collaborative Action, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street 
NW., MS-4141, Washington, DC 20240. Include the number 1076-AF15 in the 
    We cannot ensure that comments received after the close of the 
comment period (see DATES) will be included in the docket for this 
rulemaking and considered. Comments sent to an address other than those 
listed above will not be included in the docket for this rulemaking.

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

    On May 29, 2013, BIA published a proposed rule revising 25 CFR 
151.12 (78 FR 32214). The proposed rule would remove procedural 
requirements that are no longer necessary in light of the Patchak 
Supreme Court decision and increase transparency by better articulating 
the process for issuing decisions to acquire land in trust under 25 CFR 
part 151. The comment period for the proposed rule closed July 29, 
2013. With this notice, BIA is reopening the comment period for an 
additional 15 days, in response to requests it received from commenters 
for additional time.
    BIA will also consider any comments that it received between the 
close of the orginial comment period on July 29, 2013 and the reopening 
of the comment period on August 16, 2013. If you submitted comments 
during this period, there is no need to resubmit them.

    Dated: August 9, 2013.
Kevin K. Washburn,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2013-19947 Filed 8-15-13; 8:45 am]