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house Bill H.R. 2718

American Indian Empowerment Act of 2013

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American Indian Empowerment Act of 2013

Official Title

To empower federally recognized Indian tribes to accept restricted fee tribal lands, and for other purposes.


American Indian Empowerment Act of 2013 - Requires the Secretary of the Interior to transfer land the federal government holds in trust for a federally recognized Indian tribe to such tribe as restricted fee tribal land, subject to a restriction against alienation and taxation, after receiving the Indian tribe's request for such transfer. (Restricted fee tribal land is land to which a tribe holds legal title, but which carries legal restrictions against alienation or encumbrance.) Allows Indian tribes to lease, or grant an easement or right-of-way on, restricted fee tribal land for any period of time without the Secretary's review and approval. Gives the laws of a federally recognized Indian tribe that establish a system of land tenure governing the use of the land the tribe holds precedence over any federal law or regulation governing the use of such land, excepting a federal restriction against its alienation and taxation.

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      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJuly 17th, 2013

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