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Public Law No: 106-143 (12/07/1999)

[106th Congress Public Law 143]
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Public Law 106-143
106th Congress

                                 An Act

   To authorize an interpretive center and related visitor facilities 
      within the Four Corners Monument Tribal Park, and for other 
              purposes. <<NOTE: Dec. 7, 1999 -  [S. 28]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Four Corners 
Interpretive Center Act.>> 


    This Act may be cited as the ``Four Corners Interpretive Center 


    (a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
            (1) the Four Corners Monument is nationally significant as 
        the only geographic location in the United States where 4 State 
        boundaries meet;
            (2) <<NOTE: State listing.>>  the States with boundaries 
        that meet at the Four Corners are Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, 
        and Utah;
            (3) between 1868 and 1875 the boundary lines that created 
        the Four Corners were drawn, and in 1899 a monument was erected 
        at the site;
            (4) a United States postal stamp will be issued in 1999 to 
        commemorate the centennial of the original boundary marker;
            (5) the Four Corners area is distinct in character and 
        possesses important historical, cultural, and prehistoric values 
        and resources within the surrounding cultural landscape;
            (6) although there are no permanent facilities or utilities 
        at the Four Corners Monument Tribal Park, each year the park 
        attracts approximately 250,000 visitors;
            (7) the area of the Four Corners Monument Tribal Park falls 
        entirely within the Navajo Nation or Ute Mountain Ute Tribe 
            (8) the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe have 
        entered into a memorandum of understanding governing the 
        planning and future development of the Four Corners Monument 
        Tribal Park;
            (9) in 1992, through agreements executed by the Governors of 
        Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, the Four Corners 
        Heritage Council was established as a coalition of State, 
        Federal, tribal, and private interests;
            (10) the State of Arizona has obligated $45,000 for planning 
        efforts and $250,000 for construction of an interpretive center 
        at the Four Corners Monument Tribal Park;
            (11) numerous studies and extensive consultation with 
        American Indians have demonstrated that development at the

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        Four Corners Monument Tribal Park would greatly benefit the 
        people of the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe;
            (12) the Arizona Department of Transportation has completed 
        preliminary cost estimates that are based on field experience 
        with rest-area development for the construction of a Four 
        Corners Interpretive Center and surrounding infrastructure, 
        including restrooms, roadways, parking areas, and water, 
        electrical, telephone, and sewage facilities;
            (13) an interpretive center would provide important 
        educational and enrichment opportunities for all Americans; and
            (14) Federal financial assistance and technical expertise 
        are needed for the construction of an interpretive center.

    (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are--
            (1) to recognize the importance of the Four Corners Monument 
        and surrounding landscape as a distinct area in the heritage of 
        the United States that is worthy of interpretation and 
            (2) to assist the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute 
        Tribe in establishing the Four Corners Interpretive Center and 
        related facilities to meet the needs of the general public;
            (3) to highlight and showcase the collaborative resource 
        stewardship of private individuals, Indian tribes, universities, 
        Federal agencies, and the governments of States and political 
        subdivisions thereof (including counties); and
            (4) to promote knowledge of the life, art, culture, 
        politics, and history of the culturally diverse groups of the 
        Four Corners region.


    As used in this Act:
            (1) Center.--The term ``Center'' means the Four Corners 
        Interpretive Center established under section 4, including 
        restrooms, parking areas, vendor facilities, sidewalks, 
        utilities, exhibits, and other visitor facilities.
            (2) Eligible entity.--The term ``eligible entity'' means the 
        States of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, or Utah, or any 
        consortium of 2 or more of those States.
            (3) Four corners heritage council.--The term ``Four Corners 
        Heritage Council'' means the nonprofit coalition of Federal, 
        State, tribal, and private entities established in 1992 by 
        agreements of the Governors of the States of Arizona, Colorado, 
        New Mexico, and Utah.
            (4) Four corners monument.--The term ``Four Corners 
        Monument'' means the physical monument where the boundaries of 
        the States of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet.
            (5) Four corners monument tribal park.--The term ``Four 
        Corners Monument Tribal Park'' means lands within the legally 
        defined boundaries of the Four Corners Monument Tribal Park.
            (6) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior.


    (a) Establishment.--Subject to the availability of appropriations, 
the Secretary is authorized to establish within the boundaries of the 
Four Corners Monument Tribal Park a center for the

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interpretation and commemoration of the Four Corners Monument, to be 
known as the ``Four Corners Interpretive Center''.
    (b) Land Designated and Made Available.--Land for the Center shall 
be designated and made available by the Navajo Nation or the Ute 
Mountain Ute Tribe within the boundaries of the Four Corners Monument 
Tribal Park in consultation with the Four Corners Heritage Council and 
in accordance with--
            (1) the memorandum of understanding between the Navajo 
        Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe that was entered into on 
        October 22, 1996; and
            (2) applicable supplemental agreements with the Bureau of 
        Land Management, the National Park Service, and the United 
        States Forest Service.

    (c) Concurrence.--Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, 
no such center shall be established without the consent of the Navajo 
Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
    (d) Components of Center.--The Center shall include--
            (1) a location for permanent and temporary exhibits 
        depicting the archaeological, cultural, and natural heritage of 
        the Four Corners region;
            (2) a venue for public education programs;
            (3) a location to highlight the importance of efforts to 
        preserve southwestern archaeological sites and museum 
            (4) a location to provide information to the general public 
        about cultural and natural resources, parks, museums, and travel 
        in the Four Corners region; and
            (5) visitor amenities including restrooms, public 
        telephones, and other basic facilities.


    (a) Grant.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary is authorized to award a 
        grant to an eligible entity for the construction of the Center 
        in an amount not to exceed 50 percent of the cost of 
        construction of the Center.
            (2) Assurances.--To be eligible for the grant, the eligible 
        entity that is selected to receive the grant shall provide 
        assurances that--
                    (A) the non-Federal share of the costs of 
                construction is paid from non-Federal sources (which may 
                include contributions made by States, private sources, 
                the Navajo Nation, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe for 
                planning, design, construction, furnishing, startup, and 
                operational expenses); and
                    (B) the aggregate amount of non-Federal funds 
                contributed by the States used to carry out the 
                activities specified in subparagraph (A) will not be 
                less than $2,000,000, of which each of the States that 
                is party to the grant will contribute equally in cash or 
                in kind.
            (3) Funds from private sources.--A State may use funds from 
        private sources to meet the requirements of paragraph (2)(B).
            (4) Funds of state of arizona.--The State of Arizona may 
        apply $45,000 authorized by the State of Arizona during fiscal 
        year 1998 for planning and $250,000 that is held in reserve by 
        the State for construction toward the Arizona share.

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    (b) Grant Requirements.--In order to receive a grant under this Act, 
the eligible entity selected to receive the grant shall--
            (1) submit to the Secretary a proposal <<NOTE: Proposal.>>  
                    (A) meets all applicable--
                          (i) laws, including building codes and 
                      regulations; and
                          (ii) requirements under the memorandum of 
                      understanding described in paragraph (2); and
                    (B) provides such information and assurances as the 
                Secretary may require; and
            (2) enter into a memorandum of understanding with the 
        Secretary providing--
                    (A) a timetable for completion of construction and 
                opening of the Center;
                    (B) assurances that design, architectural, and 
                construction contracts will be competitively awarded;
                    (C) specifications meeting all applicable Federal, 
                State, and local building codes and laws;
                    (D) arrangements for operations and maintenance upon 
                completion of construction;
                    (E) a description of the Center collections and 
                educational programming;
                    (F) a plan for design of exhibits including, but not 
                limited to, the selection of collections to be 
                exhibited, and the providing of security, preservation, 
                protection, environmental controls, and presentations in 
                accordance with professional museum standards;
                    (G) an agreement with the Navajo Nation and the Ute 
                Mountain Ute Tribe relative to site selection and public 
                access to the facilities; and
                    (H) a financing plan developed jointly by the Navajo 
                Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe outlining the 
                long-term management of the Center, including--
                          (i) the acceptance and use of funds derived 
                      from public and private sources to minimize the 
                      use of appropriated or borrowed funds;
                          (ii) the payment of the operating costs of the 
                      Center through the assessment of fees or other 
                      income generated by the Center;
                          (iii) a strategy for achieving financial self-
                      sufficiency with respect to the Center by not 
                      later than 5 years after the date of enactment of 
                      this Act; and
                          (iv) appropriate vendor standards and business 
                      activities at the Four Corners Monument Tribal 


    The Four Corners Heritage Council may make recommendations to the 
Secretary on grant proposals regarding the design of facilities at the 
Four Corners Monument Tribal Park.


    (a) Authorizations.--There are authorized to be appropriated to the 
Department of the Interior to carry out this Act--
            (1) $2,000,000 for fiscal year 2000; and
            (2) $50,000 for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2005 for 
        maintenance and operation of the Center, program development, or 
        staffing in a manner consistent with the requirements of section 

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    (b) Carryover.--Funds made available under subsection (a)(1) that 
are unexpended at the end of the fiscal year for which those funds are 
appropriated, may be used by the Secretary through fiscal year 2002 for 
the purposes for which those funds are made available.
    (c) Reservation of Funds.--The Secretary may reserve funds 
appropriated pursuant to this Act until a grant proposal meeting the 
requirements of this Act is submitted, but no later than September 30, 


    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for purposes of the 
planning, construction, and operation of the Center, the Secretary may 
accept, retain, and expend donations of funds, and use property or 
services donated, from private persons and entities or from public 


    Nothing in this Act is intended to abrogate, modify, or impair any 
right or claim of the Navajo Nation or the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, that 
is based on any law (including any treaty, Executive order, agreement, 
or Act of Congress).

    Approved December 7, 1999.


SENATE REPORTS: No. 106-144 (Comm. on Indian Affairs).
            Sept. 9, considered and passed Senate.
            Nov. 18, considered and passed House.


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