[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 136 (Friday, July 15, 2011)]
[Page 41808]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17847]



Office of the Secretary

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

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Regional Tribal Consultation Meetings.


SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary is announcing that it will conduct 
a series of regional consultation meetings with Indian tribes to obtain 
oral and written comments concerning the implementation of the Indian 
Land Consolidation Program (ILCP) under the terms of the Cobell 
Settlement. The initial regional consultation meeting in Billings, 
Montana, was announced by a previous notice in the Federal Register. 
This notice announces five additional regional consultation meetings. 
See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for details.

DATES: The first regional tribal consultation meeting will take place 
on Friday, July 15, 2011, in Billings, Montana. Additional regional 
consultations will take place on Thursday, August 18, 2011, in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota; Friday, September 16, 2011, in Seattle, 
Washington; Tuesday, September 27, 2011, in Albuquerque, New Mexico; 
Thursday, September 29, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona; and Thursday, 
October 6, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Comments for all 
aforementioned consultations must be received by October 15, 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 website at www.doi.gov/cobell.


I. Background

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs' ILCP purchases fractionated interests 
of individually owned trust or restricted fee lands and transfers those 
consolidated interests into tribal ownership pursuant to the Indian 
Land Consolidation Act, 25 U.S.C. 2201 et seq. The Indian Claims 
Resolution Act of 2010, Public Law 111-291, makes available $1.9 
billion, the majority of which will be used by the Secretary to operate 
the ILCP with the purpose addressing the problem of fractionation. The 
Act requires consultation with Indian tribes to identify fractional 
interests within the respective jurisdictions of the Indian tribes that 
the Department may want to consider purchasing.
    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 each consultation.

II. Meeting Details

    The Office of the Secretary will hold a series of regional tribal 
consultation meetings on the following schedule:

             Date                      Time               Location
Friday, July 15, 2011.........  8 a.m.-4 p.m.....  Holiday Inn Grand
                                                    Montana Hotel &
                                                    Convention Center
                                                    5500 Midland Road
                                                    Billings, MT 59101,
                                                    (406) 248-7701,
Thursday, August 18, 2011.....  8 a.m.-4 p.m.....  Minneapolis, MN--
                                                    venue to be
Friday, September 16, 2011....  8 a.m.-4 p.m.....  Seattle, WA--venue to
                                                    be determined.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011...  8 a.m.-4 p.m.....  Albuquerque, NM--
                                                    venue to be
Thursday, September 29, 2011..  8 a.m.-4 p.m.....  Phoenix, AZ--venue to
                                                    be determined.
Thursday, October 6, 2011.....  8 a.m.-4 p.m.....  Oklahoma City, OK--
                                                    venue to be

    Written comments will be accepted through October 15, 2011, and may 
be sent to the official listed in the ADDRESSES section above.

    Dated: July 12, 2011.
David J. Hayes,
Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
[FR Doc. 2011-17847 Filed 7-14-11; 8:45 am]