Summary: H.R.402 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (08/03/1995)


Title I: Alaska Native Claims Settlement

Title II: Hawaiian Home Lands

Title I: Alaska Native Claims Settlement - Ratifies certain land conveyances by Cook Inlet Region, Inc., to the Montana Creek Native Association, Inc., and to the Caswell Native Association, Inc.

(Sec. 102) Amends the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (Act) with respect to requirements, administration, and revenues of mining claims patented to a Regional Corporation.

(Sec. 103) Directs the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to report to the Congress concerning hazardous substances on lands conveyed to Native Corporations.

(Sec. 104) Authorizes appropriations to Village Corporations for reconveyance activities.

(Sec. 105) Amends the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act with respect to specified oil and gas reserve conveyances allotted to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.

(Sec. 106) Directs the Secretary to report to the Congress concerning Native Alaskan Vietnam era veterans who did not receive specified allotments, and a related assessment of any additional allotments.

(Sec. 107) Authorizes Cook Inlet Region, Inc., to transfer Wrangell Institute in Wrangell, Alaska, to the City of Wrangell, Alaska, in exchange for the restoration of specified property credits. Waives certain related asbestos claims.

(Sec. 108) States that: (1) the Shishmaref Airport, Alaska, is subject to reversion to the United States for nonuse as an airport; and (2) the Secretary shall reacquire the conveyed interests and transfer such lands to the Shishmaref Native Corporation.

(Sec. 109) Confirms that Woody Island, on Woody Island, Alaska, is an eligible Alaska Native Village and that Leisnoi, Inc. is the Village Corporation for the village of Woody Island.

(Sec. 110) States that the term "revenues" does not include any benefits received or realized from the use of losses or credits by a Regional Corporation.

Title II: Hawaiian Home Lands - Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act - Authorizes, and establishes procedures for, the Secretary of the Interior to settle native Hawaiian land claims against the Federal Government, including land replacement and loss of use compensation.

(Sec. 204) Sets forth approval procedures for amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (HHCA) including determinations of whether a proposed amendment requires congressional approval.

(Sec. 205) Requires the Chairperson of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands of the State of Hawaii to submit a report to the Secretary of the Interior listing lands recommended for exchange.

(Sec. 206) Requires the Secretary to designate an official within the Department of the Interior to administer Federal responsibilities under the HHCA.

(Sec. 207) Establishes reclamation project cost sharing on the same basis as projects on Indian lands.

(Sec. 209) Authorizes appropriations.