Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is giving public notice of the act of Congress which has conveyed certain fee properties into trust and proclaimed reservation status for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.Start Further Info
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Ben Burshia, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Real Estate Services, Mail Stop 4639-MIB, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240, Telephone (202) 208-7737.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The original reservation proclamation establishing the Mississippi Choctaw Indian Reservation was issued December 23, 1944 (9 FR 14907), by virtue of the authority of the Act of June 21, 1939 (53 Stat. 573), and section 7 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 986). Pursuant to section 1(a)(2) of the Act of June 29, 2000, Public Law 106-228 (114 Stat. 228), certain lands then held in fee by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians were placed into federal trust status. The Act provided:
“All land held in fee by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians located within the boundaries of the State of Mississippi, as shown in the report entitled “Report of Fee Lands owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians,” dated September 28, 1999, on file in the Office of the Superintendent, Choctaw Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, is hereby declared to be held by the United States in trust for the benefit of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; * * *.”
Section 1(a)(1) of Public Law 106-228 also provided that “all lands taken in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on or after December 23, 1944, shall be part of the Mississippi Choctaw Indian Reservation.” This Act was amended by section 811 of the Act of December 27, 2000, Public Law 106-568 (114 Stat. 2868), which provided:
Section 1(a)(2) of Pub. L. 106-228 (an Act to make technical corrections to the status of certain land held in trust for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, to take certain land into trust for that Band, and for other purposes) is amended by striking “September 28, 1999” and inserting “February 7, 2000.”
The February 7, 2000, report referenced in section 811 of Public Law 106-568 added lands to those originally identified in the September 28, 1999, report referenced in section 1(a)(2) of Public Law 106-228. All of those lands were placed into trust and made a part of the reservation. Revised legal descriptions for some of those lands were approved by Congress by section 107 of the Act of March 2, 2004, Public Law 108-204 (118 Stat. 542), as reflected in a Report of May 17, 2002, on file at the Choctaw Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs. Legal descriptions for all parcels initially placed into trust and reservation status for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians by Public Law 106-228, as amended by Public Law 106-568, as amended by Public Law 108-204, are referenced in Appendix I to this Notice.
Additional lands have been taken into trust by the United States for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 465 after December 23, 1944, and before June 29, 2000. All such lands were made part of the Mississippi Choctaw Indian Reservation by section 1(a)(1) of Public Law 106-228. The legal descriptions for those other tracts are not set out in this notice.
Pursuant to section 1(a)(1) of Public Law 106-228, if and when additional lands are taken into trust by the United States for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 465 or by other authority, each such additional land parcel shall automatically become a part of the Mississippi Choctaw Indian Reservation without the need for any other formal declaration to that effect pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 467.
All of the Choctaw reservation lands referenced in this notice constitute Indian Country under 18 U.S.C. 1151(a).Start Signature
Dated: March 24, 2007.
Carl J. Artman,
Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs.
Lands placed into trust and reservation status for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians within the State of Mississippi by Public Law 106-228, 114 Stat. 462, Act of June 29, 2000, as amended by Title VIII, Sec. 811 of Public Law 106-568, Act of December 27, 2000, 114 Stat. 2868 and Sec. 107 of Public Law 108-204, Act of March 2, 2004, 118 Stat 542. The reference numbers shown below are from Exhibit A to the report of May 17, 2002, on file at the Choctaw Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Philadelphia, Mississippi, as referenced in Sec. 107 of Public Law 108-204, Act of March 2, 2004, 118 Stat. 542.
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[FR Doc. E7-6143 Filed 4-2-07; 8:45 am]
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