16 U.S. Code § 539m–11 - Provisions relating to contributions and land exchange

(a) Contributions
(1) In general
The Secretary may accept contributions from the Pueblo, or from other persons or governmental entities—
(A) to perform and complete a survey of the Area; or
(B) to carry out any other project or activity for the benefit of the Area in accordance with sections 539m to 539m–12 of this title.
(2) Deadline
Not later than 1 year after February 20, 2003, the Secretary shall complete the survey of the Area under paragraph (1)(A).
(b) Land exchange
(1) In general
Not later than 180 days after February 20, 2003, after consultation with the Pueblo, the Secretary shall, in accordance with applicable laws, prepare and offer a land exchange of National Forest land outside the Area and contiguous to the northern boundary of the Pueblo’s Reservation within sections 3, 10, 11, and 14 of T12N, R4E, N.M.P.M., Sandoval County, New Mexico excluding wilderness land, for land owned by the Pueblo in the Evergreen Hills subdivision in Sandoval County contiguous to National Forest land, and the La Luz tract in Bernalillo County.
(2) Acceptance of payment
Notwithstanding section 1716 (b) of title 43, the Secretary may either make or accept a cash equalization payment in excess of 25 percent of the total value of the land or interests transferred out of Federal ownership.
(3) Funds received
Any funds received by the Secretary as a result of the exchange shall be deposited in the fund established under section 484a of this title, and shall be available to purchase non-Federal land within or adjacent to the National Forests in the State of New Mexico.
(4) Treatment of land exchanged or conveyed
All land exchanged or conveyed to the Pueblo is declared to be held in trust for the Pueblo by the United States and added to the Pueblo’s Reservation subject to all existing and outstanding rights and shall, as a condition of the conveyance, remain in its natural state and shall not be subject to commercial development of any kind. Land exchanged or conveyed to the Forest Service shall be subject to all limitations on use pertaining to the Area under sections 539m to 539m–12 of this title.
(5) Failure to make offer
If the land exchange offer is not made by the date that is 180 days after February 20, 2003, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate and the Committee on Resources of the United States House of Representatives, a report explaining the reasons for the failure to make the offer including an assessment of the need for any additional legislation that may be necessary for the exchange. If additional legislation is not necessary, the Secretary, consistent with this section, should proceed with the exchange pursuant to existing law.
(c) Land acquisition and other compensation
(1) In general
The Secretary may acquire land owned by the Pueblo within the Evergreen Hills Subdivision in Sandoval County or any other privately held land inside of the exterior boundaries of the Area. The boundaries of the Cibola National Forest and the Area shall be adjusted to encompass any land acquired pursuant to this section.
(2) Piedra Lisa tract
Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall compensate the Pueblo for the fair market value of—
(A) the right-of-way established pursuant to section 539m–7 (h)(3)(C) of this title; and
(B) the conservation easement established by the limitations on use of the Piedra Lisa tract pursuant to section 539m–7 (b)(2) of this title.
(d) Reimbursement of certain costs
(1) In general
The Pueblo, the County of Bernalillo, New Mexico, and any person that owns or has owned property inside of the exterior boundaries of the Area as designated on the map, and who has incurred actual and direct costs as a result of participating in the case of Pueblo of Sandia v. Babbitt, Civ. No. 94–2624 HHG (D.D.C.), or other proceedings directly related to resolving the issues litigated in that case, may apply for reimbursement in accordance with this section. Costs directly related to such participation which shall qualify for reimbursement shall be—
(A) dues or payments to a homeowner association for the purpose of legal representation; and
(B) legal fees and related expenses.
(2) Treatment of reimbursement
Any reimbursement provided in this subsection shall be in lieu of that which might otherwise be available pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (24  [1] U.S.C. 2412).
(3) Payments
Subject to the availability of appropriated funds the Secretary of the Treasury shall make reimbursement payments as provided in this section.
(4) Applications
Not later than 180 days after February 20, 2003, applications for reimbursement shall be filed with the Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service, Washington, D.C.
(5) Maximum reimbursement
No party shall be reimbursed in excess of $750,000 under this section, and the total amount reimbursed in accordance with this section shall not exceed $3,000,000.

[1]  So in original. Probably should be “28”.


(Pub. L. 108–7, div. F, title IV, § 413,Feb. 20, 2003, 117 Stat. 292; Pub. L. 111–11, title III, § 3309,Mar. 30, 2009, 123 Stat. 1139.)
References in Text

Sections 539m to 539m–12 of this title, referred to in subsecs. (a)(1)(B) and (b)(4), was in the original “this title”, meaning title IV of div. F of Pub. L. 108–7, Feb. 20, 2003, 117 Stat. 279, which is classified generally to sections 539m to 539m–12 of this title. For complete classification of title IV to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 539m of this title and Tables.
Section 1716 (b) of title 43, referred to in subsec. (b)(2), was in the original “section 206(b) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act” and was translated as reading “section 206(b) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976” to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
The Equal Access to Justice Act, referred to in subsec. (d)(2), is title II of Pub. L. 96–481, Oct. 21, 1980, 94 Stat. 2325, as amended. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 504 of Title 5, Government Organization and Employees, and Tables.

2009—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 111–11, § 3309(1), inserted “3,” after “sections”.
Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 111–11, § 3309(2), inserted “, as a condition of the conveyance,” before “remain” in first sentence.
Change of Name

Committee on Resources of House of Representatives changed to Committee on Natural Resources of House of Representatives by House Resolution No. 6, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Jan. 5, 2007.

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