PUBLIC LAW 100-411-AUG. 22, 1988
102 STAT. 1097
Public Law 100-411 100th Congress An Act To settle certain land claims of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana against the United States, to authorize the use and distribution of the settlement funds, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SETTLEMENT PAYMENT.
(a)(1) The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and directed to pay to the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as the "Secretary") for the benefit of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (hereinafter referred to as the "Tribe"), out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $1,300,000. (2) Such sum represents the value of a settlement reached between the Tribe and the United States in a dispute over the uncompensated taking by the United States of land owned or occupied by the Tribe or its historical predecessor-in-interest in the 19th Century. (b) The payment of such sum shall be in full settlement of, and shall finally dispose of, all rights, claims or demands which the Tribe has asserted, or could have asserted, against the United States under the provisions of the Act of August 13, 1946 (60 Stat. 1049). (c) Upon payment of the funds as provided in subsection (a), the Secretary shall hold, manage and invest such funds, less— (1) the amount paid to the Tribe pursuant to section 2(b), and (2) any amount paid as attorney fees or expenses pursuant to section 4, as tribal trust funds until disposed of as provided by section 2 of this Act. SEC. 2. USE AND DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS.
(a) All available funds invested by the Secretary pursuant to section 1 plus all accrued interest or income, less the amount reserved for tribal organization pursuant to section 4, shall be distributed as provided in this section. (b)(1) The Tribe, with the assistance and approval of the Secretary, shall develop a plan for the use and distribution of the funds held by the Secretary pursuant to section 1. (2) Upon payment by the Secretary of the Treasury of the amount provided in section 1, the Secretary shall, prior to investing such funds, immediately make available to the Tribe 3 per centum of such funds to assist the Tribe in developing such plan and shall render such other advice and assistance as the Tribe may require. (c) Prior to approving a plan submitted pursuant to subsection (b), the Secretary shall be assured that— (1) tribal members were reasonably consulted during the development of the plan; and (2) the plan complies with paragraphs (3), (5), and (6) of section 3(b) of the Act of October 19, 1973 (25 U.S.C. 1403).
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