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PUBLIC LAW 106-143—DEC. 7, 1999 113 STAT. 1703 Public Law 106-143 106th Congress An Act To authorize an interpretive center and related visitor facilities within the Four Dec. 7, 1999 Comers Monument Tribal Park, and for other purposes. [g 28] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Four Comers Interpretive SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. Center Act. This Act may be cited as the "Four Comers Interpretive Center Act". SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) FINDINGS.— Congress finds that— (1) the Four Comers Monument is nationsdly significant as the only geographic location in the United States where 4 State boimdaries meet; (2) the States with boundaries that meet at the Four Cor- State listing. ners are Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah; (3) between 1868 and 1875 the boundary lines that created the Four Comers 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 Comers 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 Comers Monument Tribal Park, each year the park attracts approximately 250,000 visitors; (7) the area of the Four Comers Monument Tribal Park falls entirely within the Navajo Nation or Ute Mountain Ute Tribe reservations; (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 Comers Monument Tribal Park; (9) in 1992, through agreements executed by the Governors of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, the Four Comers 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 Comers Monument Tribal Park; (11) numerous studies and extensive consultation with American Indians have demonstrated that development at the