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H.R.2362 - Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011
To facilitate economic development by Indian tribes and encourage investment by Turkish enterprises.
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Additional sponsors: Ms. FOXX, Mr. WHITFIELD, Mr. STIVERS, Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. LARSON of Connecticut, Mr. COHEN, Mr. MORAN, Ms. RICHARDSON, Mr. INSLEE, Mr. BOREN, and Mr. HONDACommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; FINDINGS; PURPOSES.
(1) the public and private sectors in the Republic of Turkey have demonstrated a unique interest in bolstering cultural, political, and economic relationships with Indian tribes and tribal members;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) it is in the interest of Indian tribes, the United States, and the United States-Turkey relationship to remove or ameliorate these barriers through the establishment of an Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) to further the policy of Indian self-determination by strengthening Indian tribal economies and political institutions in order to raise the material standard of living of Indians.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
(1) APPLICANT- The term ‘applicant’ means an Indian tribe or a consortium of Indian tribes that submits an application under this Act seeking participation in the demonstration project.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) PROJECT; ACTIVITY- The terms ‘project’ and ‘activity’ mean a community, economic, or business development undertaking that includes components that contribute materially to carrying out a purpose or closely related purposes that are proposed or approved for assistance under more than one Federal program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. INDIAN TRIBAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT DEMONSTRATION PROJECT.
(a) In General- The Secretary shall authorize Indian tribes selected under section 4 to participate in a demonstration project under this Act, which shall be known as the ‘Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Tribal Approval of Leases- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and in the discretion of a participating Indian tribe or consortium, any lease of Indian land held in trust by the United States for a participating Indian tribe (or an Indian tribe in a consortium) entered into under this Act to carry out a project or activity shall not require the approval of the Secretary if the lease--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) has a term that does not exceed 25 years, except that any such lease may include an option to renew for up to 2 additional terms, each of which may not exceed 25 years.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Activities To Be Conducted on Leased Lands- Indian land held in trust by the United States for the benefit of a participating Indian tribe (or an Indian tribe in a consortium) may be leased for activities consistent with the purposes of this Act, including business and economic development, public, educational, or residential purposes, including the development or use of natural resources in connection with operations under such leases, for grazing purposes, and for those farming purposes which require the making of a substantial investment in the improvement of the land for the production of specialized crops as determined by the Secretary.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(I) the public is informed of, and has a reasonable opportunity to comment on, any significant environmental impacts of the proposed action identified by the participating Indian tribe or consortium; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(II) the participating Indian tribe or consortium provides responses to relevant and substantive public comments on those impacts before the participating Indian tribe or consortium approves the lease.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 120 days after the date on which the tribal regulations under this subsection are submitted to the Secretary, the Secretary shall review and approve or disapprove the regulations.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION- If the Secretary disapproves such tribal regulations, the Secretary shall include written documentation with the disapproval notification that describes the basis for the disapproval.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Federal Environmental Review- Notwithstanding subsection (e)(2), if a participating Indian tribe or consortium carries out a project or activity funded by a Federal agency, the participating Indian tribe or consortium may rely on the environmental review process of the applicable Federal agency rather than any tribal environmental review process under this subsection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(g) Documentation- If a participating Indian tribe or consortium executes a lease pursuant to tribal regulations approved under this section, the participating Indian tribe or consortium shall provide the Secretary with--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) in the case of tribal regulations or a lease that allows for lease payments to be made directly to the participating Indian tribe or consortium, documentation of the lease payments that are sufficient to enable the Secretary to discharge the trust responsibility of the United States under subsection (h).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) AUTHORITY OF SECRETARY- Pursuant to the authority of the Secretary to fulfill the trust obligation of the United States to an Indian tribe under Federal law, including regulations, the Secretary may, upon reasonable notice from the Indian tribe and at the discretion of the Secretary, enforce the provisions of, or cancel, any lease executed by a participating Indian tribe or consortium under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- An interested party, after exhausting applicable tribal remedies, may submit a petition to the Secretary, at such time and in such form as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, to review the compliance of a participating Indian tribe or consortium with any tribal regulations approved by the Secretary under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) VIOLATIONS- If, after carrying out a review under paragraph (1), the Secretary determines that the tribal regulations were violated, the Secretary may take any action the Secretary determines to be necessary to remedy the violation, including rescinding the approval of the tribal regulations and reassuming responsibility for the approval of leases of Indian lands.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) prior to the exercise of any remedy, the rescission of the approval of the regulation involved, or the reassumption of lease approval responsibilities, provide the applicable participating Indian tribe or consortium with--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. SELECTION OF PARTICIPATING INDIAN TRIBES.
(1) IN GENERAL- During the first year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary may select not more than 6 Indian tribes or consortia from the applicant pool described in subsection (b) to submit an application to be a participating Indian tribe or consortium.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) demonstrates, for the 3 fiscal years immediately preceding the fiscal year for which participation is requested, financial stability and financial management capability as demonstrated by a showing by the Indian tribe or consortium that there were no material audit exceptions in the required annual audit of the self-determination contracts of the Indian tribe or consortium.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS, REVIEW, AND APPROVAL.
(2) describes the revenues, jobs, and related economic benefits and other likely consequences to the Indian tribe or consortium, its members, the investors, and the surrounding communities to be generated as a result of the activities identified in paragraph (1); andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) is approved by the governing body of the Indian tribe or consortium, including, in the case of an applicant that is a consortium of Indian tribes, the governing body of each affected member Indian tribe.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date of receipt of an application under subsection (a), the Secretary shall inform the applicant, in writing, of the approval or disapproval of the application.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) DISAPPROVAL- If an application is disapproved, the written notice shall identify the reasons for the disapproval and the applicant shall be provided an opportunity to amend and resubmit the application to the Secretary.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. REPORT TO CONGRESS.
(1) a description of the economic benefits and other consequences to participating Indian tribes, their members, and surrounding communities as a result of the economic activities and financial investment engendered by the demonstration project; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) observations drawn from the implementation of this Act and recommendations reasonably designed to improve the operation or consequences of the demonstration project.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink