25 U.S. Code § 1779f - Release of other tribal claims and filing of claims
(a) Extinguishment of other tribal claims
(1) In general
As of December 13, 2002—
(A) all right, title, and interest of any Indian nation or tribe other than any Indian Nation defined in section 1779b of this title (referred to in this section and section 1779g of this title as a “claimant tribe”) in or to the Disclaimed Drybed Lands, and any such right, title, or interest held by the United States on behalf of such a claimant tribe, shall be considered to be extinguished in accordance with section 177 of title 25;
(B) if any party other than a claimant tribe holds transferred interests in or to the Disclaimed Drybed Lands in violation of section 177 of title 25, Congress approves and ratifies those transfers of interests to the extent that the transfers are in accordance with other applicable law; and
(2) Quiet title actions
(A) In general
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, after December 13, 2002, neither the United States (or any department or agency of the United States) nor any Indian Nation shall be included as a party to any civil action brought by any private person or private entity to quiet title to, or determine ownership of an interest in or to, the Disclaimed Drybed Lands.
(B) Future actions
As of December 13, 2002, the United States shall have no obligation to bring any civil action to quiet title to, or to recover any land or funds relating to, the Drybed Lands (including any lands that are Wetbed Lands as of December 13, 2002, but that are located at any time after that date above the mean high water mark of the Arkansas River).
(b) Claims of other Indian tribes
(1) Limited period for filing claims
(A) In general
Not later than 180 days after December 13, 2002, any claimant tribe that claims that any title, interest, or entitlement held by the claimant tribe has been extinguished by operation of section 1779c (a) of this title or subsection (a) of this section may file a claim against the United States relating to the extinguishment in the United States Court of Federal Claims.
(2) Special holding account
Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter or any other law, of any funds that would otherwise be deposited in a tribal trust account established by section 1779d (a) of this title, 10 percent shall—
(3) Distribution of funds
(A) In general
Funds deposited in the special holding account established by paragraph (2)(A) shall be distributed in accordance with subparagraphs (B) through (D).
(B) Claim filed
If a claim under paragraph (1)(A) is filed by the deadline specified in that paragraph, on final adjudication of that claim—
(i) if the final judgment awards to a claimant an amount that does not exceed the amount of funds in the special holding account under paragraph (2) attributable to the Indian Nation from the allocation of which under section 1779c (d) of this title the funds in the special holding account are derived—
(I) that amount shall be distributed from the special holding account to the claimant tribe that filed the claim; and
(ii) if the final judgment awards to a claimant an amount that exceeds the amount of funds in the special holding account attributable to the Indian Nation from the allocation of which under section 1779c (d) of this title the funds in the special holding account are derived—
(I) the balance of funds in the special holding account attributable to the Indian Nation shall be distributed to the claimant tribe that filed the claim; and
(C) No claims filed
If no claims under paragraph (1)(A) are filed by the deadline specified in that paragraph—
(i) any funds held in the special holding account under paragraph (2) and attributed to that Indian Nation shall be deposited in the appropriate tribal trust account established by section 1779d (a)  of this title; and
(c) Declaration with respect to scope of rights, title, and interests
Congress declares that—
(1) subsection (b) of this section is intended only to establish a process by which alleged claims may be resolved; and
 See References in Text note below.
Source(Pub. L. 107–331, title VI, § 608,Dec. 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 2852.)
References in Text
Section 1779d (a) of this title, referred to in subsec. (b)(3)(C)(i), was in the original “section 6 (a)” and was translated as reading “section 606 (a)”, meaning section 606(a) ofPub. L. 107–331, to reflect the probable intent of Congress, because Pub. L. 107–331does not contain a section 6, andsection 1779d (a) establishes three tribal trust fund accounts.
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