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Renewal of Agency Information Collection for the Tribal Reassumption of Jurisdiction Over Child Custody Proceedings

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Notice of submission to OMB.


In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for renewal for the collection of information for approval for the Tribal Reassumption of Jurisdiction over Child Custody Proceedings. The information collection is currently authorized by OMB Control Number 1076-0112, which expires September 30, 2012.


Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 24, 2012.


You may submit comments on the information collections to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at the Office of Management and Budget, by facsimile to (202) 395-5806 or you may send an email to: Please send a copy of your comments to Sue Settles, Chief, Division of Human Services, Office of Indian Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Mailstop 4513 MIB, Washington, DC 20240, or fax to (202) 208-2648, or email:


Sue Settles, (202) 513-7621. You may review the information collection requests online at Follow the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under review by OMB.


I. Abstract

The Department has issued regulations at 25 CFR part 13 prescribing procedures by which an Indian tribe that occupies a reservation over which a state asserts any jurisdiction pursuant to federal law may reassume jurisdiction over Indian child proceedings as authorized by the Indian Child Welfare Act, Public Law 95-608, 92 Stat. 3069, 25 U.S.C. 1918.

II. Request for Comments

The BIA requests your comments on this collection concerning: (a) The necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways we could enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways we could minimize the burden of the collection of the information on the respondents, such as through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it has a valid OMB Control Number.

It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personally identifiable information, be advised that your entire comment—including your personally identifiable information—may be made public at any time. While you may request that we withhold your personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

III. Data

OMB Control Number: 1076-0112.

Title: Tribal Reassumption of Jurisdiction over Child Custody Proceedings, 25 CFR 13.

Brief Description of Collection: The collection of information will ensure that the provisions of Public Law 95-608 are met. Any Indian Tribe that became subject to State jurisdiction pursuant to the provisions of the Act of August 15, 1953 (67 Stat. 588), as amended by title IV of the Act of April 11, 1968 (82 Stat. 73,78), or pursuant to any other Federal law, may reassume jurisdiction over child custody proceedings. The collection of information provides data that will be used in considering the petition and feasibility of the plan of the Tribe for reassumption of jurisdiction over Indian child custody proceedings. We collect the following information: Full name, address, and telephone number of petitioning Tribe or Tribes; a Tribal resolution; estimated total number of members in the petitioning Tribe of Tribes with an explanation of how the number was estimated; current criteria for Tribal membership; citation to provision in Tribal constitution authorizing the Tribal governing body to exercise jurisdiction over Indian child custody matter; description of Tribal court; copy of any Tribal ordinances or Tribal court rules establishing procedures or rules for exercise of jurisdiction over child custody matters; and all other information required by 25 CFR 13.11. Response is required to obtain or retain a benefit.

Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

Respondents: Federally recognized Tribes who submit Tribal reassumption petitions for review and approval by the Secretary of the Interior.

Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Number of Respondents: 1.

Estimated Time per Response: 8 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 8 hours.

Dated: September 18, 2012.

Ellen Findley,

Acting Assistant Director for Information Resources.

[FR Doc. 2012-23506 Filed 9-21-12; 8:45 am]