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sanitation, or registration of boats or vehicles;

(f) Abrogate or modify the effect of any agreement affecting fishing practices entered into between any Indian tribe and the United States or any State or agency of either.

PART 257 RESALE OF LANDS

WITHIN THE BADLANDS AIR FORCE
GUNNERY RANGE (PINE RIDGE

AERIAL GUNNERY RANGE) Sec. 257.1 Purpose. 257.2 Definitions. 257.3 Eligibility to purchase. 257.4 Notice to former owners. 257.5 Special notice to former Indian

owners. 257.6 Applications by former owners. 257.7 Conveyance documents. 257.8 Selection of lieu lands. 257.9 Lands formerly held subject to restric

tions against alienation, AUTHORITY: The provisions of this part 257 issued under 5 U.S.C. 301, R.S. 463 and 465; 25 U.S.C. 2; 16 U.S.C. 3; 82 Stat. 663.

SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 257 appear at 34 F.R. 9985, June 28, 1969, unless oti wise noted. § 257.1 Purpose.

The regulations in this part govern the reacquisition by former Indian and non-Indian owners of lands, or interests therein, acquired by the United States of America as a part of the Badlands Air Force Gunnery Range, sometimes referred to and known as the Pine Ridge Aerial Gunnery Range. The regulations also govern the acquisition by former Indian owners of life estates in national monument lands formerly owned by them and the acquisition of lieu lands when lands formerly owned by them are not available or are not desired by them for reacquisition. The legislative authority for reacquisition of lands or interests therein by former owners is the Act of August 8, 1968 (Public Law 90-468; 82 Stat. 663). 8 257.2 Definitions.

(a) "Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior or his duly authorized representative.

(b) "Superintendent” means the officer in charge of the Pine Ridge Indian Agency, Pine Ridge, S. Dak.

(c) “Act” means the Act of August 8, 1968 (Public Law 90-468; 82 Stat. 663).

(d) “Gunnery Range" means the area

on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota that was acquired by the United States for use of the Air Force commonly known as the Pine Ridge Aerial Gunnery Range or the Badlands Air Force Gunnery Range.

(e) "Monument” means the Badlands National Monument as enlarged by section 1 of the Act of August 8, 1968 (Public Law 90-468).

(f) "Tribe" means the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Indians of South Dakota. & 257.3 Eligibility to purchase.

(a) Any former owner of a tract of land or interest in a tract of land, whether title was held in trust or in fee, which was acquired by the United States as a part of the Gunnery Range may purchase such tract pursuant to the provisions of the Act and the regulations set forth in this part: Provided, Said tract has been declared excess to the needs of the Department of the Air Force, has been transferred to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the In. terior, and is not within the boundaries of the Monument or within that portion of the Gunnery Range retained for use of the Department of the Air Force.

(b) If a former owner is deceased and is survived by a spouse, the spouse may purchase under the same terms and conditions as the former owner except that if the former owner was an Indian whose land was held in trust and his surviving spouse is a non-Indian, the title to said tract shall be conveyed to the non-Indian spouse in a fee simple status.

(c) If the former owner is deceased and the spouse is also deceased, the chil. dren of the former owner may repurchase the tract.

(d) If the former owner is not survived by a spouse or children there exist no repurchase rights involving the tract.

(e) Not more than five former owners may join in purchasing a tract of land. "Former owner" means each person from whom the United States acquired an interest in a tract of land, or if such person is deceased, the surviving spouse, or if such spouse is deceased, his children. If more than five former owners apply to acquire a tract, the Superintendent shall notify them in writing that it will be necessary for them to agree among themselves as to the five or less of them who shall acquire the tract. If agreement among the owners is obtained, those individuals who are to acquire the tract shall then file an application to purchase

it. The matter of reaching agreement among the owners is the sole responsibility of said owners and not the responsibility of the Department of the Interior and/or the Bureau of Indian Affairs to participate in the negotiations between the owners. If the former owners fail to reach such an agreement, all applications for the tract shall be rejected. 8 257.4 Notice to former owners.

After publication of these regulations, there shall be published in the FEDERAL REGISTER notice that certain described lands and interests in lands have been transferred to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary and are available for repurchase by the former owners pursuant to section 3(b) of the Act. Upon transfer of administrative jurisdiction over lands that may thereafter be declared excess to the needs of the Department of the Air Force and acceptance by the Secretary, notice of such transfer shall be published in the FEDERAL REGISTER. No attempt shall be made to notify each individual former non-Indian owner personally, but the transfer of jurisdiction to the Secretary may be further publicized by the publishing of notice in a local newspaper of general circulation. § 257.5 Special notice to former Indian

owners. (a) The Superintendent shall notify the former Indian owners, in writing, at their last known addresses of their right

repurchase the tracts formerly owned by them in those instances where the tracts are outside of the boundaries of the Monument and are outside of the boundaries of the area of the Gunnery Range retained by the Department of the Air Force. Such notice shall include (1) the legal description, (2) the purchase price thereof, (3) the minimum amount of down payment required, (4) a recital that balance of purchase price may be paid in 20 annual installments, (5) the annual rate of interest on unpaid balance, (6) information whether title is to be taken in trust or in fee, and (7) the date by which the executed application to purchase must be received in the office of the Superintendent. A form of application for execution by the former owners shall accompany said notice, said application to include the legal description of the land, purchase price and other pertinent information,

(b) In those instances where the

tracts of land or portions thereof are within the boundaries of the area of the Gunnery Range retained by the Department of the Air Force, the Superintendent shall notify the former Indian owners, in writing, at their last known addresses that they may elect to purchase available tracts of land in lieu of the lands formerly owned by them, said lieu lands to be of substantially, the same value as the tracts originally owned by them. Such notice shall also advise said former owners that they may, as an alternative, elect to purchase the tracts formerly owned by them at such time as the tracts may be declared excess to the needs of the Department of the Air Force and transferred to the Secretary of the Interior. As to this alternative, no promise or prediction may be made as to when, or whether, the land may eventually become surplus to the needs of the Department of the Air Force, and the notice shall specifically so state. Such notice shall include (1) the legal description of the lands formerly owned by them (2) the purchase price of the lieu land which price shall be computed on the same basis as though the original tract were available, (3) the minimum amount of down payment required, (4) a recital that balance of purchase price may be paid in 20 annual installments, (5) the annual rate of interest on unpaid balance, (6) information whether title is to be taken in trust or in fee, and (7) the date by which election to purchase lieu lands or wait until lands formerly owned by them are declared excess must be received in the office of the Superintendent. The notice shall be accompanied by a form for execution by the former owner whereby said owner elects to purchase lieu lands or to repurchase the tract formerly owned by said owner when it is declared cxcess.

(c) In those instances where a tract of land or portion thereof is within the boundaries of the Monument, the Superintendent shall notify the former Indian owner, in writing, at his last known address that he may elect to acquire & life estate in such tract or portion thereof at no cost but subject to the restrictions on use referred to under “Conveyance Documents" (section 257.7). Such notice shall include the legal description of the lands formerly owned by him upon which he may acquire a life estate. The notice shall also inform the former owner that he may elect to purchase any available

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tract of land in lieu of the lands formerly owned by him, said lieu lands to have substantially the same values as the tract originally owned by him. Such notice shall include (1) the purchase price of the lieu land which price shall be computed on the same basis as though the original tract were available for purchase, (2) the minimum amount of down payment required, (3) a recital that balance of purchase price may be paid in 20 annual installments, (4) the annual rate of interest on unpaid balance, (5) information whether title is to be taken in trust or in fee, and (6) the date by which the election to acquire the life estate or lieu lands must be received in the Office of the Superintendent. Such notice shall be accompanied by a form for execution by the former owner whereby said owner elects to acquire a life estate in the lands formerly owned by said owner or elects to purchase lieu lands. 8 257.6 Applications by former owners.

(a) Applications by former Indian owners to purchase lands formerly owned by them, or to purchase lieu lands, or to take a life estate in a tract of land within the Monument area should be made on forms furnished by the Superintendent and filed within the period specified in section 3(b) (5) of the Act. Such applications shall be filed in the Office of the Superintendent.

(b) A former non-Indian owner may file application to purchase land pursuant to subsection 3(b) of the Act within 1 year from the date notice is published in the FEDERAL REGISTER that the land he formerly owned has been declared excess to the needs of the Department of the Air Force and has been transferred to the Secretary. Such application shall be filed in the Office of the Superintendent. The applicant shall furnish proof of his ownership or the ownership of his predecessor in interest at the time of the acquisition of the land by the United States. Upon receipt of an application to purchase and proof of ownership the Superintendent shall cause the land to be appraised and thereafter he shall inform the applicant in writing of the fair market value of the tract which shall be the purchase price, the minimum amount of down payment required, that the balance of the purchase price may be paid in 20 annual installments, and the annual rate of interest on the unpaid balance.

$ 257.7 Conveyance documents.

(a) Where there is an election by & former Indian owner of a tract of land within the monument boundary to acquire a life estate in such tract at no cost the following types of provisions and restrictions shall be applicable to the use thereof: (1) Agricultural uses are permitted. Only those commercial activities associated with normal agricultural operations would be allowed. (2) Construction or reconstruction of any roads to the property, including locations and materials used, are subject to approval by the National Park Service. (3) Mining activities of all kinds are prohibited inasmuch as the United States retains all mineral rights. (4) Residential and other facilities necessary for, or incidental to, ranching and other agricultural purposes are permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, barns, sheds, fences, stock dams, wells utilizing surface or subsurface water, and other needed access accessory structures. (5) The cutting of native trees, except for firewood for the personal use of the grantee, his family or assignee, is prohibited unless determined by the National Park Service to be essential to the permitted use of the tract. (6) All improvements and structures are subject to removal upon termination of the life estate or they shall be deemed to become the property of the United States. The family or assignee of the grantee shall have a reasonable time to vacate the premises upon termination of the life estate and may harvest annual crops planted during the tenure of the estate. (7) Water rights owned by the United States in the premises remain vested in the United States, but the grantee has a right to reasonable use of the water. (8) Grantee must observe and adhere to all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, including Federal laws and regulations for the protection of the black-footed ferret and other wildlife in the Monument. The United States reserves the right to enter upon the conveyed lands to assure such compliance and for the exercise of any other rights and privileges reserved to it. (9) The conveyed premises must be kept in a neat and orderly condition and no waste or injury may be committed to the land. Pollution of water on or adjacent to the property is prohibited. (10) Reasonable precautions must be taken to prevent, suppress, and extinguish forest,

brush, grass, and other fires on the property. (11) Grantee may not claim damages for injury by or against the United States which might be directly attributable to existence of the Monument. (12) Other provisions deemed necessary by the National Park Service in individual circumstances may be included in the conveyance document.

(b) When title to the land being acquired is to be taken in trust for the purchaser and the purchase is effected by deferred payments as authorized in section 3(b) (2) of the Act, a sale contract shall be executed by the purchaser and the Secretary. The down payment shall be not less than $100 or 20 per centum of the purchase price, whichever is less. The purchaser shall be entitled to a credit of a pro rata share of the grazing fees collected by the United States for use of the land during the grazing year in which the sale contract is executed, which credit shall be applied as all or a part of the down payment for the land being purchased. In the event the proportionate share of the grazing fees credited to the purchaser is less than the required down payment, the purchaser shall pay the balance of the down payment in cash, or by certified check, cashier's check, money order, or U.S. Treasury check, payable to the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the time the sale contract is executed. Upon execution of the contract by the Secretary, a deed shall be prepared and executed by the Secretary conveying title to the land to the United States in trust for the purchaser. When the sale contract and deed are executed, the balance of the proportionate share of the grazing fees, if any, due the purchaser shall be paid to him and the down payment shall be deposited in the U.S. Treasury to the credit of the United States as general fund receipts. All subsequent installment payments shall be deposited in a like manner to the credit of the United States. The sale contract shall include (1) the legal description of the land, (2) the purchase price, (3) the amount of down payment, (4) the amount of annual principal installment payments, (5) the annual rate of interest on unpaid balance, (6) the due dates of annual installments, (7) a recital that the unpaid balance is a lien against the land and against all rents, bonuses and royalties received therefrom, (8) a recital that a delinquency of 90 days in making annual installment payments will subject the contract to foreclosure

with loss of all payments theretofore made thereon, and (9) a recital that upon payment being made in full the deed to the United States in trust for the purchaser will be delivered to the purchaser.

(c) If title to the tract is acquired in a trust status and full payment therefor is made by the purchaser at the time the application for purchase is approved, the title shall be conveyed to the United States of America in trust for the purchaser by a deed executed by the Secretary.

(d) If the purchaser is to acquire the tract in a fee status and the purchase is effected by deferred payments as authorized in section 3(b) (2) of the Act, the title shall be conveyed to the purchaser in a fee status by a deed executed by the Secretary. The purchaser shall execute a mortgage naming the United States as mortgagee and shall execute promissory notes for the annual installment payments with the annual rate of interest set forth therein. The deed and mortgage shall be recorded in the office of the register of deeds of the county in which the land is situated, the recording costs to be borne by the purchaser. Upon payment of the full amount of the mortgage a satisfaction of mortgage shall be executed by the Secretary and delivered to the purchaser who shall be responsible for recordation thereof in the office of the register of deeds.

(e) If the purchaser is to acquire the tract in a fee status and full payment therefor is made by the purchaser at the time the application for purchase is approved, the title shall be conveyed to said purchaser in a fee status by a deed executed by the Secretary. The purchaser shall be responsible for recordation of the deed in the office of the register of deeds of the county in which the land is situated.

(f) Each deed executed pursuant to paragraphs (c), (d), and (e) of this section shall contain a provision that if the tract is offered for sale by the purchaser within a period of 10 years from the date of said deed, the tribe shall be notified in writing that the tract is being offered for sale and of the terms of the offer and said tribe shall have a period of 60 days to exercise a right of first refusal to purchase such tract upon the terms set forth in the notice.

(g) All sale documents referred to in this section shall be recorded in the office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs having

custody of the land title records of the list of all lands available from which sePine Ridge Indian Reservation pursuant lections of lieu lands may be made. The to Part 120, Title 25, Code of Federal Superintendent shall also prepare a list Regulations.

of all former owners who elected to pur

chase lieu lands, numbering them con8 257.8 Selection of lieu lands.

secutively without regard as to date of (a) Lieu lands which may be selected receipt of such election. The numbers for purchase by former Indian owners shall then be placed on separate uniform whose lands are within the boundaries slips of paper and placed in a bowl. The of the area retained for use by the De- numbers will then be withdrawn from partment of the Air Force or are within the bowl and a record made of the order the boundaries of the Monument are in which they were withdrawn. The defined as (1) those lands heretofore owner of the first number withdrawn acquired by the United States for use of shall be afforded the first opportunity the Air Force Gunnery Range which are to select lieu lands. The owners of lands outside the boundaries of the Monument represented by the following numbers and outside the boundaries of the area will be afforded an opportunity to select retained for use by the Department of lieu lands in the priority in which their the Air Force which are not selected for numbers were drawn. repurchase by former owners within 1 (d) When all selections of lieu lands year from date of publication of the have been made as provided in paragraph notice prescribed in section 3(b) (5) of (c) of this section, the Secretary shall the Act, and (2) all of the submarginal determine the comparability of the lands lands acquired by the United States un- originally owned and the lieu selections. der authority of the National Industrial If the lieu selections are not substanRecovery Act of 1933 and subsequent tially the same value as the lands origirelief acts, within the Pine Ridge Indian nally owned, the owners shall be afforded Reservation, except those submarginal an opportunity to make other selections lands within the area retained for use by which are substantially the same value. the Department of the Air Force or with- (e) To determine whether the former in the Monument, administrative juris- Indian owned land and the selected lieu diction over which was transferred to the land in each case are of substantially the Secretary of the Interior by Executive same value, the consideration paid by Order No. 7368, dated April 15, 1938.

the United States for each tract may be (b) The former Indian owners whose accepted as indicative of the value of lands are within the boundaries of the each tract at the time it was acquired. area retained for use by the Department If information as to the price paid for of the Air Force or are within the any specific tract is not available, or if boundaries of the Monument may elect for any reason it is concluded that the to purchase lieu lands of substantially

consideration paid by the United States the same value pursuant to section 4(b) for the land is not acceptable evidence and section 4(c) of the Act. Inasmuch as as to value for this purpose, the SecreIdentification of all of the lands from

tary shall cause the tracts to be apwhich lieu selections may be made can- praised to determine their comparability. not be determined until the time has ex- The appraisals of lands shall be made pired for former owners of lands outside on the basis of current market values. of the area used by the Department of

The lands shall be considered to be subthe Air Force and outside the boundaries stantially the same value if the difof the Monument to purchase the tracts

ferences in values do not exceed 10 performerly owned by them, former owners

cent of the greater value. who have filed an election to purchase § 257.9 Lands formerly held subject to lieu lands within 1 year from the date

restrictions against alienation. of publication of the notice prescribed in section 3(b) (5) of the Act, shall be

Former Indian owners who held title deemed to have filed a timely application

to the lands which were acquired for the to purchase notwithstanding the fact

gunnery range subject to restrictions that a specific tract of land has not been

against alienation without the approval designated in said election,

of the Secretary of the Interior shall be (c) Upon the expiration of 1 year from conveyed title to the reacquired lands date of publication of the notice pre

in a trust status in the same manner as scribed in section 3(b) (5) of the Act, the though they had held trust title to the Superintendent shall prepare a complete lands taken,

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