August 13, 2010

Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ione Band of Miwok Indians 228.04-Acre Fee-to-Trust Land Transfer and Casino Project, Amador County, California

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the National Indian Gaming Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and the City of Plymouth as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the USEPA for the approval of a 228.04-acre trust acquisition and casino project in the City of Plymouth and unincorporated Amador County, California, and that the FEIS is now available for public review. The purpose of the proposed action is to establish a land base and help provide for the economic development of the Tribe.
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August 6, 2010

Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Fee-to-Trust Conveyance of Property for the Seminole Tribe of Florida

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs, in cooperation with the Seminole Tribe of Florida (Tribe), intends to prepare an environmental impact statement for the Tribe's proposed 47 acre trust acquisition and subsequent construction of a mixed-use development in Broward County, Florida. The project site may include, but is not limited to, a variety of proposed land uses such as a hotel, commercial retail uses, fitness and entertainment facilities, and related employee parking. The purposes of the proposed action are to consolidate the Tribe's land holdings surrounding the existing Coconut Creek Casino into one contiguous trust property, to improve the Tribe's economy, and to help Tribal members attain economic self sufficiency. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting to identify potential issues and content for inclusion in the environmental impact statement.
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Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Enterprise Rancheria Gaming Facility and Hotel Fee-to-Trust Acquisition Project, Yuba County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Enterprise Rancheria of Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Yuba County, California as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe's proposed Gaming Facility and Hotel Fee-to-Trust Acquisition Project to be located within unincorporated Yuba County, California, and that the FEIS is now available for public review.
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Final Environmental Impact Statement for the North Fork Rancheria's Proposed 305-Acre Trust Acquisition and Hotel/Casino Project, Madera County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians (Tribe), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Madera Irrigation District, City of Madera, National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe's proposed 305-acre trust acquisition and casino-resort project in unincorporated Madera County, just north of the City of Madera, California, and that the FEIS is now available for public review.
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Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Proposed Trust Acquisition and Resort and Casino Project, Cascade Locks, Hood River County, OR

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed 25- acre trust acquisition for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (Tribe) within the City of Cascade Locks, Hood River County, Oregon. The acquired trust land would be used for the development of a casino and related hotel, dining, and entertainment facilities. The purpose of the proposed action is to improve the Tribe's long-term economic conditions and support its self-sufficiency, both with respect to its government operations and its members. The Final EIS considers casino alternatives in Hood River County and on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The Final EIS identifies the Cascade Locks Resort and Casino Project as the BIA's preferred alternative.
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Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians' Proposed 70-Acre Trust Acquisition and Resort Casino Project, Sonoma County, CA

SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sonoma County, and City of Cloverdale as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe's proposed 70 acre Fee-to-Trust and Resort Casino Project to be located within Sonoma County, California, and that the DEIS is now available for public review and comment. This notice provides a 75-day public comment period and thereby grants an automatic 30-day extension to the normal 45-day public comment period.
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July 6, 2010

Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes approval of the Compact between the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and the State of Nevada.
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Indian Gaming

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the Approved Compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida.
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June 18, 2010

Final Determination for Federal Acknowledgment of the Shinnecock Indian Nation

SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior (Department) gives notice that the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs (PDAS- IA) has determined the Shinnecock Indian Nation is entitled to be acknowledged as an Indian tribe within the meaning of Federal law. This notice is based on a determination that affirms the reasoning, analysis, and conclusions in the Proposed Finding (PF). The petitioner satisfies the seven mandatory criteria for acknowledgment set forth in the applicable regulations, and therefore, meets the requirements for a government-to-government relationship with the United States. This notice is the Final Determination (FD). Based on the limited nature and extent of comment and consistent with prior practices, the Department did not produce any detailed report or other summary under the criteria pertaining to this FD.
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May 20, 2010

Deadline for Submission of Applications To Be Included on the Roll of Western Shoshone Identifiable Group of Indians for Judgment Fund Distribution

SUMMARY: This notice establishes the deadline by which applications must be received for eligible individuals to be listed on the roll that will be used as the basis for distributing the judgment funds awarded by the Indian Claims Commission to the Western Shoshone Identifiable Group of Indians in Docket No. 326-K.
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March 26, 2010

Tribal Consultation on Draft Buy Indian Act Regulations

SUMMARY: Indian Affairs will conduct consultation meetings with Indian tribes to obtain oral and written comments concerning draft regulations to implement the Buy Indian Act. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for details.
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March 16, 2010

Proclaiming Certain Lands as an Addition to the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Washington

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary-- Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 213.73 acres, more or less, to be added to the Chehalis Indian Reservation, Washington.
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March 15, 2010

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations--Disposition of Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains; Final Rule

SUMMARY: This final rule implements the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act by adding procedures for the disposition of culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains in the possession or control of museums or Federal agencies. This rule also amends sections related to purpose and applicability of the regulations, definitions, inventories of human remains and related funerary objects, civil penalties, and limitations and remedies.
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February 26, 2010

Proposed Appointment to the National Indian Gaming Commission

SUMMARY: The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act provides for a three-person National Indian Gaming Commission. One member, the chairman, is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Two associate members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Before appointing members, the Secretary is required to provide public notice of a proposed appointment and allow a comment period. Notice is hereby given of the proposed appointment of Daniel J. Little as an associate member of the National Indian Gaming Commission for a term of 3 years.
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January 25, 2010

Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Customer Satisfaction Survey

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, which requires 30 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection project was previously published in the Federal Register (74 FR 46201) on September 8, 2009 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted directly to OMB.
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Notice of Availability of the Revised Minerals Management Service Documentation of Section 106 Finding of Adverse Effect (Revised Finding) for the Proposed Cape Wind Energy Project Located on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in Nantucket Sound

SUMMARY: The MMS has prepared a revised version of its Section 106 Finding of Adverse Effect document related to the proposed Cape Wind Energy Project pursuant to implementing regulations for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (36 CFR Part 800). The original Finding of Adverse Effect for this project was dated January 29, 2009. The Finding of Adverse Effect is being revised in response to new information that five additional properties within the Area of Adverse Effect for the project have now been found to be eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
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January 19, 2010

Amendments to Various National Indian Gaming Commission

SUMMARY: On July 27, 2009 (74 FR 36926), the National Indian Gaming Commission (``NIGC'') published a final rule updating various NIGC regulations and streamlining procedures. On August 25, 2009 (74 FR 42275), NIGC extended the effective date of the changes made by the final rule to December 31, 2009. This publication corrects inadvertent errors left in Sec. 514.1 of the final rule so that fees and fee statements are due on June 30th and December 31st of each calendar year, not on March 1st and August 1st as originally published.
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Notification of Pricing for United States Mint 2010 Native American $1 Coin 25-Coin Rolls

SUMMARY: The United States Mint is announcing the prices of the 2010 Native American $1 Coin 25-Coin Rolls, the 2010 Kennedy Half-Dollar Two-Roll Sets, the 2010 Kennedy Half-Dollar 200-Coin Bags and the 2010 Presidential $1 Coin 25-Coin Rolls. The 2010 Native American $1 Coin 25-Coin Rolls will be released January 22, 2010, and will be priced at $35.95. Rolls of coins struck at both the United States Mint facilities at Philadelphia and Denver will be available.
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November 9, 2009

Memorandum of November 5, 2009--Tribal Consultation

Tribal Consultation, Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments And Agencies

The United States has a unique legal and political relationship with Indian tribal governments, established through and confirmed by the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, executive orders, and judicial decisions. In recognition of that special relationship, pursuant to Executive Order 13175 of November 6, 2000, executive departments and agencies (agencies) are charged with engaging in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications, and are responsible for strengthening the government-to-government relationship between the United States and Indian tribes.
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October 28, 2009

Small Business Size Regulations; 8(a) Business Development/Small Disadvantaged Business Status Determinations; Proposed Rule

SUMMARY: This rule proposes to make changes to the regulations governing the 8(a) Business Development (8(a) BD) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) programs, and to the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA or Agency) size regulations. Some of the changes involve technical issues such as changing the term ``SIC code'' to ``NAICS code'' to reflect the national conversion to the North American Industry Classification System. Other changes are more substantive and result from SBA's experience in implementing the current regulations. For example, SBA has learned through experience that certain of its rules governing the 8(a) BD program are too restrictive and serve to unfairly preclude firms from being admitted to the program. In other cases, SBA has determined that a rule is too expansive or indefinite and has sought to restrict or clarify that rule. In one case wording changes are being proposed to correct past public or agency misinterpretation. Also, new situations have arisen that were not anticipated when the current rules were drafted and the proposed rule seeks to cover those situations. Finally, one of the changes, involving Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO's), implements a statutory change.
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