Summary: S.2799 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (11/15/2002)

Gila River Indian Community Judgment Fund Distribution Act of 2002 - Title I: Gila River Judgment Fund Distribution - (Sec. 101) Requires the per capita distribution of funds paid in settlement of claims made in Docket Nos. 236-C and 236-D, Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community v. United States, to enrolled members of the Gila River Indian Community (Arizona).

Requires the Community to prepare a payment role according to specified criteria. Defines eligible and ineligible recipients.

Requires the Gila River Indian Community to provide to the Secretary of the Interior: (1) a notice that indicates the total number of eligible recipients; and (2) enrollment information necessary to allow the Secretary to establish estate accounts for deceased recipients and Individual Indian Money accounts for legally incompetent individuals and minors.

Directs the Secretary to disburse funds within 30 days after Community approval of the payment roll. Makes special provision for deceased or legally incompetent individuals and minors.

Permits payments of eligible individuals not on the roll out of residual funds and Community-owned funds, as specified.

Requires that any judgment funds remaining after distribution, any share remaining unclaimed for six years, or any unpayable share be deposited in the general fund of the Community.

Title II: Conditions Relating To Community Judgment Fund Plans - (Sec. 201) Directs the Community to modify the judgment funds distribution plans in Docket No. 228 of the U.S. Claims Court and Docket No. 236-N of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to require the Secretary to: (1) hold the per capital shares of minors in trust until they attain age 18; (2) not disburse judgment funds or interest earned until a minor attains age 18; and (3) distribute to the Community and deposit in its general fund, upon Community request, any residual principal and interest funds remaining after the Community has declared the per capita payments have been completed.

Title III: Expert Assistance Loans - (Sec. 301) Cancels the balance of all outstanding expert assistance loans to the Gila River Indian Community made by the Department of the Interior.