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limitations, all offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the States of California, Florida, New York, and Texas and all other offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs whose primary purpose was to serve any Indian tribe or individual Indian freed from Federal supervision should be abolished. It is further declared to be the sense of Congress that the Secretary of the Interior should examine all existing legislation dealing with such Indians, and treaties between the Government of the United States and each such tribe, and report to Congress at the earliest practicable date, but not later than January 1, 1954, his recommendations for such legislation as, in his judgment, may be necessary to accomplish the purposes of this resolution.
Passed August 1, 1953.
PUBLIC LAWS OF THE EIGHTY-THIRD CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION, 1954
March 12, 1954
(S. 1160) 68 Stat. 26
PUBLIC LAW 306
Tucson, Arizona, and to accept other land in exchange therefor.
Beginning at a point on the south line of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of said section 24, distant three hundred forty-five and nine-tenths feet westerly from the southeast corner of said northwest quarter of the northwest quarter; run thence westerly along said south line, a distance of one hundred fortyfour and one-tenth feet to a point; run thence northerly and parallel with the east line of said northwest quarter of the northwest quarter, a distance of two hundred ninety and fourtenths feet to a point; run thence easterly and parallel with the south line of said northwest quarter of the northwest quarter, a distance of one hundred forty-three and fifty-five one-hundredths feet to a point; run thence southerly a distance of two hundred ninety and four-tenths feet, more or less, to the point of begin
ning; and to accept in exchange therefor a conveyance in fee simple to the United States by the city of Tucson, Arizona, a municipal corporation, of the following described real property situate in Pima County, Arizona:
The east one hundred and ninety feet of the south two hundred
(a) that the city of Tucson shall agree, upon the receipt of the deed from the Secretary of the Interior, to demolish the existing structure on such land; and
(b) that all salvage therefrom may be removed by the Papago
Council of the Papago Tribe of Indians without the council paying
for the same.
May 6, 1954 (H. R. 8127) 68 Stat. 70
PUBLIC LAW 350
355), as amended and supplemented, to authorize appropriations for continuing the
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Federal-Aid Highway United States of America in Congress assembled, That, for the purpose
of carrying out the provisions of the Federal-Aid Road Act approved Appropriation. July 11, 1916 (39 Stat. 355), and all Acts amendatory thereof and
supplementary thereto, there is hereby authorized to be appropriated the sum of $700,000,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1956, and a like sum for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957.
The sum herein authorized for each fiscal year shall be available for expenditure as follows:
Act of 1954.
23 U. S. C. 9a note.
25 U. S. C. 381a.
1SEC. 4. (a) For the construction, reconstruction, and improvement of roads and trails, inclusive of necessary bridges, in national parks, monuments, and other areas administered by the National Park Service, including areas authorized to be established as national parks and monuments, and national park and monument approach roads author-lized by the Act of January 31, 1931 (46 Stat. 1053), as amended, there is hereby authorized to be appropriated the sum of $12,500,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1956, and a like sum for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957.
(b) For the construction, reconstruction, and improvement of parkways, authorized by Acts of Congress, on lands to which title is vested in the United States, there is hereby authorized to be appropriated the sum of $11,000,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1956, and a like sum for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957.
(c) For the construction, improvement, and maintenance of Indian reservation roads and bridges and roads and bridges to provide access to Indian reservations and Indian lands under the provisions of the Act approved May 26, 1928 (45 Stat. 750), there is hereby authorized to be appropriated the sum of $10,000,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1956, and a like sum for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957: Provided, That the location, type, and design of all roads and bridges constructed shall be approved by the Secretary of Commerce before any expenditures are made thereon, and all such construction shall be under the general supervision of the Secretary of Commerce.
SEC. 5. For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of section 10 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1950 (64 Stat. 785), there is hereby authorized to be appropriated for the survey, construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of main roads through unappropriated or unreserved public lands, nontaxable Indian lands, or other Federal reservations the sum of $1,000,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1956, and a like sum for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957, to remain available until expended.
SEC. 6. Any funds authorized for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1955, or herein authorized for forest highways, forest development roads and trails, park roads and trails, parkways, Indian roads, and public lands highways shall be immediately available for contract: Provided, That any amount remaining unexpended two years after the close of the fiscal year for which authorized shall lapse. The Secretary of the Department charged with the administration of such funds is hereby granted authority to incur obligations, approve proj
ects, and enter into contracts under such authorizations and his action in doing so shall be deemed a contractual obligation of the Federal Government for the payment of the cost thereof and such funds shall be deemed to have been expended when so obligated.
23 U. S. C. 60-63, 21, 23c, 3a note.
16 U. S. C. 8b.
ISEC. 19. All provisions of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944, approved December 20, 1944 (58 Stat. 838); the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1948, approved June 29, 1948 (62 Stat. 1105); and the FederalAid Highway Act of 1950, approved September 7, 1950 (64 Stat. 785); and the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1952, approved June 25, 1952 (66 Stat. 158), not inconsistent with this Act, shall remain in full force and effect.
ISEC. 23. This Act may be cited as the “Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1954".
Approved, May 6, 1954.
PUBLIC LAW 375
May 28, 1954 (H. R. 6186) 68 Stat. 151
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to grant a preference right to users of
withdrawn public lands for grazing purposes when the lands are restored from the withdrawal.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 15 of the Taylor Grazing Act (43 U. S. C., 1946 edition, sec. 315 (m)) is amended by adding the following proviso: "Provided further, That when public lands are restored from a withdrawal, the Secretary may grant an appropriate preference right for a grazing lease, license, or permit to users of the land for grazing purposes under authority of the agency which had jurisdiction over the lands immediately prior to the time of their restoration."
SEC. 2. The first sentence of section 1 of the Act of June 28, 1934 (4 Stat. 1269), as amended by the Act of June 26, 1936 (49 Stat. 1976, 43 U. S. C., 1946 edition, sec. 315), is further amended by striking out the following language: “not exceeding in the aggregate an area of one hundred and forty-two million acres".
Approved, May 28, 1954.
June 4, 1954 (H. R. 1815) 68 Stat. 173
PUBLIC LAW 387
permit nonprofit organizations to purchase or lease public lands for certain
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Act approved June 14, 1926 (44 Stat. 741; 43 U. S. C., sec. 869), entitled 1“An Act to authorize acquisition or use of public lands by States, counties, or municipalities for recreational purposes”, is hereby amended to read as follows:
"SECTION 1. (a) The Secretary of the Interior upon application filed by a duly qualified applicant under section 2 of this Act may, in the manner prescribed by this Act, dispose of any public lands to a State, Territory, county, municipality, or other State, Territorial, or Federal instrumentality or political subdivision for any public purposes, or to a nonprofit corporation or nonprofit association for any recreational or any public purpose consistent with its articles of incorporation or other creating authority. Before the land may be disposed of under this Act it must be shown to the satisfaction of the Secretary that the
Disposal for public or recreational purposes.
Sale or lease, etc.
land is to be used for an established or definitely proposed project. The Secretary may classify public lands in Alaska for disposition under this Act. Lands so classified may not be appropriated under any other public land law unless the Secretary revises such classification or authorizes the disposition of an interest in the lands under other applicable law. If, within eighteen months following such classification, no application has been filed for the purpose for which the lands have been so classified, then the Secretary shall restore such lands to appropriation under the applicable public land laws.
“(b) No more than six hundred and forty acres may be conveyed to any one grantee in any one calendar year.
"(c) Where the lands have been withdrawn in aid of a function of a Federal department or_agency other than the Department of the Interior, or of a State, Territory, county, municipality, water district, or other local governmental subdivision or agency, the Secretary of the Interior may make disposals under this Act only with the consent of such Federal department or agency, or of such State, Territory, or local governmental unit. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to apply to lands in any national forest, national park, or national monument, or national wildlife refuge, or the revested Oregon and California Railroad grant lands in the State of Oregon, or the reconveyed Coos Bay Wagon Road grant lands in the State of Oregon, or to any Indian lands, or lands set aside or held for the use or benefit of Indians, including lands over which jurisdiction has been transferred to the Department of the Interior by Executive order for the use of Indians. Nor shall any disposition be made under this Act for any use authorized under any other law, except for a use authorized under the Act of June 1, 1938 (52 Stat. 609; 43 U.S. C., sec. 682a), as amended.
"SEC. 2. The Secretary of the Interior may after due consideration as to the power value of the land, whether or not withdrawn therefor, (a) sell such land to the State, Territory, county, or other State, Territorial, or Federal instrumentality or political subdivision in which the lands are situated, or to a nearby municipal corporation in the same State or Territory, for the purpose for which the land has been classified, and conveyances of such land for historic-monument purposes under this subsection shall be made without monetary consideration, while conveyances for any other purpose under this subsection shall be made at a price to be fixed by the Secretary of the Interior through appraisal or otherwise, after taking into consideration the purpose for which the lands are to be used; (b) lease such land to the State, Territory, county, or other State, Territorial, or Federal instrumentality or political subdivision in which the lands are situated, or to a nearby municipal corporation in the same State or Territory, for the purpose for which the land has been classified, at a reasonable annual rental, for a period up to twenty years, and, at the discretion of the Secretary, with a privilege of renewal for a like period, (c) sell such land to a nonprofit corporation or nonprofit association, for the purpose for which the land has been classified, at a price to be fixed by the 1 Secretary of the Interior through appraisal, after taking into consideration the purpose for which the lands are to be used, or (d) lease such land to a nonprofit corporation or nonprofit association at a reasonable annual rental, for a period up to twenty years, and, at the discretion of the Secretary, with a privilege of renewal for a like period. Each patent or lease so issued shall contain a reservation to the United States of all mineral deposits in the lands conveyed or leased and of the right to mine and remove the same, under applicable laws and regulations to be established by the Secretary. Each lease shall contain a provision for its termination upon a finding by the Secretary that the land has not been used by the lessee for the purpose specified in the lease for such period, not over five
Nonprofit corporation, etc.
Reservation to U.S.
years, as may be specified in the lease, or that such land or any part thereof is being devoted to another use.
"SEC. 3. Title to lands conveyed by the Government under this Act may not be transferred by the grantee or its successor except, with the consent of the Secretary of the Interior, to a transferee which would be a qualified grantee under section 2 (a) or (c) and subject to the acreage limitation contained in section 1 (b) of this Act. A grantee or its successor may not change the use specified in the conveyance to another or additional use except, with the consent of the Secretary, to a use for which such grantee or its successor could obtain a conveyance under this Act. If at any time after the lands are conveyed by the Government, the grantee or its successor attempts to transfer title to or control over these lands to another or the lands are devoted to a use other than that for which the lands were conveyed, without the consent of the Secretary, title to the lands shall revert to the United States. The provisions of this section, however, shall cease to be in effect as to any lands patented under this Act twenty-five years after the issuance of patent for such lands.
“SEC. 4. The Secretary may authorize transfers of title or changes in use in accordance with the provisions of section 3 of this Act with respect to any patent heretofore issued under any Act upon application by a patentee qualified to obtain a conveyance under section 2 (a) or (c) of this Act. If the Secretary, pursuant to such an application, authorizes such transfer or use, all reverter provisions and other limitations on transfer or use, under this or any other Act affecting the lands involved, shall cease to be in effect twenty-five years after the Secretary authorizes the transfer or use for a changed or additional purpose under the provisions of this section.
“SEC. 5. The Act of September 30, 1890, entitled 'An Act to authorize entry of the public lands by incorporated cities and towns for cemetery and park purposes', and the Act of October 17, 1940, entitled 'An Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to sell or lease for park or recreational purposes, and to sell for cemetery purposes, certain public lands in Alaska', are hereby repealed."
Approved, June 4, 1954. PUBLIC LAW 391
SEC. 2. That the Secretary of the Interior shall transmit to Congress on or before August 31, 1955, a full and complete report of funds used and the purposes accomplished to carry out the provisions of this Act and the Act approved May 18, 1928 (45 Stat. 602), as amended by the Act of April 29, 1930 (46 Stat. 259), the Act of June 30, 1948 (62 Stat. 1166), and the Act of May 24, 1950 (64 Stat. 189).
Approved, June 8, 1954.
26 Stat. 502; 54 Stat. 1192.
43 U.S.C. 729 and note.
June 8, 1954 (H. R. 2974) 68 Stat. 240
25 U. S. C. 657.
25 U. S. C. 651-658.