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H.R. 2606 -
Sponsor: Tom Cole (R)
Introduced: 2018-12-13
Bill Status: Passed Senate with amendments by Unanimous Consent.

Stigler Act Amendments of 2017

This bill amends the Act of August 4, 1947 (commonly known as the Stigler Act) to revise the qualifications that must be met by a person who inherits land originally allotted to members of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma (the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Cherokee, and Seminole tribes) for that land to remain in restricted status. When land is in restricted status, it is not subject to taxation and may not be sold or transferred without permission of the Department of the Interior.

Under current law, the restricted fee status of land allotted to the Five Tribes is maintained only if the individual holding title has at least 50% Indian blood from one of the Five Tribes. This bill removes this requirement. Thus, the restricted fee status is maintained for all lineal descendants of an original enrollee whose name appears on the membership rolls of the Five Tribes.

Full Text

In the Senate of the United States,

December 13, 2018.  

Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 2606) entitled “An Act to amend the Act of August 4, 1947 (commonly known as the Stigler Act), with respect to restrictions applicable to Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma, and for other purposes.”, do pass with the following


(1) On page 3, line 12, strike [, as of said date,] and insert: , as of the date of enactment of the Stigler Act Amendments of 2018,

(2) At the end of the bill, add the following:

SEC. 5. Rule of construction providing for no retroactivity.

Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to revise or extend the restricted status of any lands under the Act of August 4, 1947 (61 Stat. 731, chapter 458) that lost restricted status under such Act before the date of enactment of this Act.



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