[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 26 (Thursday, February 7, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 9015-9016]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02871]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

25 CFR Part 226


Osage Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Meetings.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, Osage Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, will meet as indicated 
in the DATES section of this document.

DATES: Meetings: The meetings will be held as follows: February: 
Monday, February 25, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, February 
26, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, February 27, 2013, from 
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 6 
p.m. and Thursday, March 14, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ADDRESSES: February Meeting: Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center, 1449 W. Main, 
Pawhuska, Oklahoma 74056; March Meeting: Osage Casino Event Center, 951 
W. 36 Street North, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Eddie Streater, Designated Federal 
Officer, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Wewoka Agency, P.O. Box 1540, 
Seminole, OK 74818; telephone (405) 257-6250; fax (405) 257-3875; or 
email osageregneg@bia.gov. Additional Committee information can be 
found at: http://www.bia.gov/osageregneg.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 14, 2011, the United States and 
the Osage Nation (formerly known as the Osage Tribe) signed a 
Settlement Agreement to resolve litigation regarding alleged 
mismanagement of the Osage Nation's oil and gas mineral estate, among 
other claims. As part of the Settlement Agreement, the parties agreed 
that it would be mutually beneficial ``to address means of improving 
the trust management of the Osage Mineral Estate, the Osage Tribal 
Trust Account, and Other Osage Accounts.'' Settlement Agreement, 
Paragraph 1.i. The parties agreed that a review and revision of the 
existing regulations is warranted to better assist the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA) in managing the Osage Mineral Estate. The parties agreed 
to engage in a negotiated rulemaking for this purpose. Settlement 
Agreement, Paragraph 9.b. After the Committee submits its report, BIA 
will develop a proposed rule to be published in the Federal Register.
    Meeting Agenda: February: Present and review specific proposed 
changes to or additions to 25 CFR part 226 in the following categories: 
General/Definitions, Rents, Royalties & Reporting, Operations, Surface 
Issues, Bonds, Pentalies & Enforcement. March: Follow-up discussions 
and committee decisions on specific proposed changes to or additions to 
25 CFR part 226 in the following categories: General/Definitions, 
Rents, Royalties & Reporting, Operations, Surface issues, Bonds, 
Penalties & Enforcement. The final agenda will be posted on 
www.bia.gov/osagenegreg prior to each meeting.
    Public Input: All Committee meetings are open to the public. 
Interested members of the public may present, either orally or through 
written comments, information for the Committee to consider during the 
public meeting. Written comments should be submitted, prior to, during, 
or after the meeting, to Mr. Eddie Streater, Designated Federal 
Officer, preferably via email, at osagenegneg@bia.gov, or by U.S. mail 
to: Mr. Eddie Streater, Designated Federal Officer, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, Wewoka Agency, P.O. Box 1540, Seminole, OK 74818. Due to time 
constraints during the meeting, the Committee is not able to read 
written public comments submitted into the record.
    Individuals or groups requesting to make oral comments at the 
public Committee meeting will be limited to 5 minutes per speaker. 
Speakers who wish to expand their oral statements, or those who had 
wished to speak, but could not be accommodated during the public 
comment period, are encouraged to submit their comments in written form 
to the Committee after the meeting at the address provided above. There 
will be a sign-up sheet at the meeting for those wishing to speak 
during the public comment period.
    The meeting location is open to the public. Space is limited, 
however, so we strongly encourage all interested in attending to 
preregister by submitting your name and contact information via email 
to Mr. Eddie Streater at osageregneg@bia.gov. Persons with disabilities 
requiring special services, such as an interpreter for the hearing 
impaired, should contact Mr. Streater at (405) 257-6250 at least seven 
calendar days prior to the meeting. We will do our best to accommodate 
those who are unable to meet this deadline.


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    Dated: February 4, 2013.
Michael S. Black,
Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2013-02871 Filed 2-6-13; 8:45 am]
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