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employees of the Department to sign on behalf of the United States contracts the provisions of which have been approved by the Under Secretary, the Assistant Secretary, or the Administrative Assistant Secretary; and

(2) The Administrative Assistant Secretary may, in writing, redelegate or authorize the redelegation of such portions of the authority of the Secretary with respect to matters in the field of administrative management, including matters relating to budget, finance, personnel (except appointments under section 710 of the Defense Production Act of 1950), management research, property management, and administrative services, as the Administrative Assistant Secretary may deem appropriate.

SEC. 2. Solicitor as Acting Assistant Secretary. Whenever an Assistant Secretary of the Interior is absent or a vacancy exists in such a position and the Secretary of the Interior directs the Solicitor of the Department, in accordance with Executive Order No. 9794, to perform the duties of the absent Assistant Secretary or of the vacant position, the Solicitor may, with respect to any matters which come before him, exercise all the authority of the Secretary of the Interior.

SEC. 22. Claims relating to irrigation works. (a) The Solicitor of the Department of the Interior may exercise all the authority of the Secretary of the Interior in determining whether claims for damages arising out of the survey, construction, operation, or maintenance of irrigation works on Indian irrigation projects shall be allowed in whole or in part or shall be disallowed.

(b) Subject to the direction and supervision of the Solicitor, the Area Counsels of the Bureau of Indian Affairs are severally authorized to determine whether claims not exceeding $1,000 for damages arising out of the survey, construction, operation, or maintenance of irrigation works on Indian irrigation projects shall be allowed in whole or in part or shall be disallowed.

(c) Any award which may be made by the Solicitor pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section or by an Area Counsel pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section and which is accepted by the claimant in full satisfaction of his claim shall be paid out of funds available for the Indian irrigation project involved in the claim.

1 SEC. 23. Appeals in land cases. The Solicitor of the Department of the Interior may exercise all the authority of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the disposition of appeals to the Secretary from decisions of the Director of the Bureau of Land Management (or his delegates), and from decisions of the Director of the Geological Survey (or his delegates), in proceedings which relate to lands or interests in lands.

SEC. 25. Appeals in Indian probate proceedings. The Solicitor of the Department of the Interior may exercise all the au

thority of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the disposition of appeals to the Secretary in proceedings for the determination of heirs or the approval of wills of deceased Indians.

SEC. 26. Escheat of Indian estates. The Solicitor of the Department of the Interior may exercise all the authority of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the disposition of the restricted or trust estates of Indians who have died intestate and without heirs.

SEC. 28. Acquisition of real estate by condemnation. (a) The Solicitor of the Department of the Interior may exercise all the authority of the Secretary of the Interior under section 1 of the act of August 1, 1888, as amended (40 U.S.C., 1946 ed., Supp. IV, sec. 257), to acquire real estate for the United States by condemnation, under judicial process, whenever in the opinion of the Solicitor it is necessary or advantageous to the Government to do so, and the Solicitor is authorized to submit to the Attorney General of the United States applications for the institution of proceedings for condemnation.

(b) The Solicitor of the Department of the Interior may exercise the power of the Secretary of the Interior under section 1 of the act of February 26, 1931 (40 U.S.C., 1946 ed., sec. 258a), to sign declarations of taking.

SEC. 50. Contracts; Bureaus. (a) Irrespective of the amount involved, the head of a bureau may enter into contracts for construction, supplies, or services in conformity with applicable regulations and statutory requirements and subject to the availability of appropriations. Šecretarial approval is not a condition precedent to the consummation of such a contract unless the Secretary by a written order published in the FEDERAL REGISTER specifically prescribes such a requirement with respect to a particular contract or type of contract, or unless Secretarial approval is specifically required by statute. However, the head of a Bureau may request Secretarial approval of any proposed contract.

(b) With respect to any such contract, including a contract approved by the Secretary, the head of a bureau may issue change orders and extra work orders pursuant to the contract, enter into modifications of the contract which are legally permissible, and terminate the contract if such action is legally authorized.

(c) Except in those cases in which he is the contracting officer, the head of a bureau may, with respect to contracts entered into on United States standard form number 23, act as the authorized representative of the Secretary within the meaning of Articles 3 and 4 of that form, and, for the purpose of extending the time within which a contractor may notify a contracting officer of the causes of delay, Article 9 of Form No. 23. This paragraph shall not affect the authority to deviate from the standard form contracts granted to the Bureau of Reclamation by the Chairman of the Interdepartmental Board of Contracts and Adjustments, with the

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(d) The head of a bureau may redelegate to subordinate officials and employees of the bureau the authority granted in this section. Each such redelegation shall be published in the FEDERAL REGISTER.

(c) This section is not intended to affect any requirement that proposed programs be cleared with the Office of the Secretary prior to their inauguration.

(f) The head of a bureau shall make such reports concerning the exercise of the authority granted by this section as the Secretary may require. The bureaus will be guided by such procedures as the Secretary may from time to time prescribe.

(g) As used in this section, the term "bureau" means The Alaska Railroad, the Alaska Road Commission, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Mines, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration, the Southeastern Power Administration, and the Southwestern Power Administration.

(h) This section has no application to the Bonneville Power Administrator, who may continue to exercise authority to contract in accordance with the act of August 20, 1937, as amended (16 U.S.C., 1946 ed., sec. 832 et seq.). Articles 3, 4, and 9, U.S. Standard Form No. 23.

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SEC. 52. Leases-(a) Continental United States. The head of a bureau may, within the continental limits of the United States and outside the District of Columbia, lease space in buildings (1) that is to be used wholly or predom- Linantly for the special purposes of the bureau and will not be generally suitable for the use of other agencies, or (2) that is required for use incidental to and in conjunction with space that will be used for such special purposes, or (3) that is to be acquired under a lease involving no rental or a nominal consideration of $1 per annum. (See General Services Administration, Real Property Management Regulation No. 1, sec. 4 (a), December 21, 1950.)

(b) Territories and possessions. The head of a bureau may, in the territories and possessions of the United States, lease space in buildings either for the general purposes or for the special purposes of the bureau.

(c) Secretarial approval is not a condition precedent to the consummation of any lease authorized by this section unless the Secretary, by written order published in the FEDERAL REGISTER, prescribes such a requirement with respect to a particular lease or type of lease, or unless Secretarial approval is specifically required by statute. However, the head of a bureau may request Secretarial approval of any proposed lease.

(d) With respect to any such lease described in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section, including a lease approved by the Secretary, the head of a bureau may modify or renew the lease if such action is legally permissible, and may terminate

the lease if such action is legally authorized.

(e) The head of a bureau may redelegate to subordinate officials and employees of the bureau the authority granted in this section. Each such redelegation shall be published in the FEDERAL REGISTER.

(f) The authority granted under this section shall be exercised in compliance with applicable regulations and statutory requirements and shall be subject to the availability of appropriations.

(g) A copy of U.S. Standard Form 81, Revised, "Request for Space", for each lease and each modification or renewal of a lease shall be transmitted to the Chief Clerk of the Department. Such action will be taken with respect to all leasing transactions, including those in which the General Services Administration does not require the filing of Standard Form 81, Revised (General Services Administration, Real Property Management Regulation No. 3, sec. 4b, June 21, 1951).

(h) As used in this section, the term "bureau" means The Alaska Railroad, the Alaska Road Commission, the Bonneville Power Administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Mines, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the Office of Territories, the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration, the Southeastern Power Administration, and the Southwestern Power Administration. (Sec. 3 (b), Reorganization Plan No. 18 of 1950 (15 F.R. 3177).)

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SEC. 60. Correspondence concerning condemnation proceedings. The head of any bureau of this Department may approve and sign correspondence concerning pleadings, awards, or judgments in condemnation proceedings, and any other routine, incidental, or related correspondence regarding the conduct of such proceedings, without the submission of such matters for Secretarial consideration, except that requests for condemnation proceedings and declarations of taking shall be submitted to the Secretary for consideration and approval. This section shall not be construed as a limitation upon the authority of the Bonneville Power Administrator, who may continue to exercise authority with respect to the institution of condemnation proceedings and the execution of declarations of taking in accordance with the Bonneville Project Act, as amended (16 U.S.C., 1946 ed., secs. 832a (c) and (d), 832k (b).)

SEC. 61. Requests for title opinions. The head of any bureau of this Department may request the Attorney General to render opinions concerning the validity of title pursuant to section 355, Revised Statutes (40 U.S.C., 1946 ed., sec. 255), without the submission of such requests to the Secretary for consideration or approval. (Sec. 2, Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1950, 15 F.R. 3174, except as otherwise noted.)

July 18, 1952.

OSCAR L. CHAPMAN, Secretary of the Interior.

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Modification of Withdrawal of Lands on Fort Peck Reservation

By virtue of the authority vested in the President of the United States and delegated to the Secretary of the Interior in Executive Order 10355 (May 26, 1952; 17 F.R. 4831), it is ordered as follows:

The order of the Secretary of the Interior dated September 19, 1934 (54 I.D. 559, 563), temporarily withdrawing from disposal the undisposed-of lands on certain Indian reservations, including the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, that had theretofore been "opened", or authorized to be "opened", to disposal under the public-land laws, or which were subject to mineral entry and disposal under the mining laws of the United States, and the order of the Assistant Secretary of the Interior dated November 5, 1935, continu

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OF TRUST PERIODS DURING CALENDAR

By virtue of and pursuant to the authority delegated by Executive Order No. 10250 of June 5, 1951, and pursuant to section 5 of the act of February 8, 1887, 24 Stat. 388, 389, the act of June 21, 1906, 34 Stat. 325, 326, and the act of March 2, 1917, 39 Stat. 969, 976, and other applicable provisions of law: It is hereby ordered, That the periods of trust or other restrictions against alienation contained in any patent applying to Indian lands, whether of a tribal or individual status, which, unless extended, will expire during the calendar year 1953, be, and the same are hereby, extended for a further period of one year from the date on which any such trust would otherwise expire.

This order is not intended to apply to any case in which Congress has specifically reserved to itself authority to extend the period of trust on tribal or individual Indian lands.

JOEL D. WOLFSOHN,

Assistant Secretary of the Interior. December 29, 1952.

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EXTENSION OF TRUST PERIODS ON INDIAN LANDS EXPIRING DURING THE CALENDAR YEAR 1954

By virtue of and pursuant to the authority delegated by Executive Order No. 10250 of June 5, 1951, and pursuant to section 5 of the act of February 8, 1887, 24 Stat. 388, 389, the act of June 21, 1906, 34 Stat. 325, 326, and the act of March 2, 1917, 39 Stat. 969, 976, and other applicable provisions of law, it is hereby ordered that the periods of trust or other restrictions against alienation contained in any patent applying to Indian lands, whether of a tribal or individual status, which, unless extended, will expire during the calendar year 1954, be, and the same are hereby, extended for a further period of one year from the date on which any such trust or restrictions would otherwise expire.

This order is not intended to apply to any case in which Congress has specifically reserved to itself authority to extend the period of trust on tribal or individual Indian lands.

RALPH A. TUDOR, Acting Secretary of the Interior. December 28, 1953.

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[Order No. 2508, Amdt. 6]

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

Delegations of Authority

Order No. 2508, as amended (14 F. R. 258-260; 16 F. R. 473, 474; 16 F. R. 11620; 16 F. R. 11974; 17 F. R. 1570; and 17 F. R. 6418), is further amended as follows, to authorize the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to exercise the authority of the Secretary in relation to the classes of matters indicated.

1. Two new paragraphs (r) and (s) reading as follows, are added to section 11 Funds and fiscal matters:

(r) Expenditures from miscellaneous revenues for the benefit of tribes, agencies, and schools on whose behalf they are collected, pursuant to the act of May 17, 1926 (44 Stat. 560; 25 U.S.C., 1946 ed., sec. 155), as amended by the act of June 13, 1930 (46 Stat. 584; 25 U.S.C., 1946 ed., sec. 161b), and as extended by the act of February 20, 1942 (56 Stat. 95; 48 U.S.C., 1946 ed., sec. 50f).

(s) The acceptance of contributions or donations of funds or other property, real, personal, or mixed, which may be tendered to, or for the benefit of, Federal In

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Idian schools, hospitals, or other institutions conducted for the benefit of Indians, or for the advancement of the Indian race, and to apply or dispose of such donations for the use and benefit of such school, hospital, or other institution or for the benefit of individual Indians, pursuant to the act of February 14, 1931 (46 Stat. 1106; 25 U.S.C., 1946 ed., sec. 451).

2. A new paragraph, numbered (w) and reading as follows, is added to section 13 Lands and minerals:

(w) The sale of houses, including outbuildings, for use in connection therewith, constructed pursuant to the act of March 28, 1908 (35 Stat. 51), as amended, which are no longer required for continuing operations on the Menominee Indian reservation pursuant to the said act.

RALPH A. TUDOR,

Acting Secretary of the Interior. December 24, 1953.

[Order No. 2508, Amdt. 7)

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

Delegations of Authority

February 19, 1954.

Order No. 2508, as amended (14 F. R. 258; 16 F. R. 473, 11620, 11974; 17 F. R. 1570, 6418; 19 F. R. 34), is further amended by the addition of a new section, numbered 23 and reading as follows:

SEC. 23. Negotiated contracts. The Commissioner of Indian Affairs is authorized to exercise the authority delegated to the Secretary of the Interior by the Administrator of General Services with respect to the negotiation, without advertising, of:

(a) Contracts, under section 302 (c) (9) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (63 Stat. 377), as amended, for social and welfare services required to carry out program responsibilities of the Bureau, subject to the conditions imposed by the Administrator of General Services in the delegation of authority (18 F. R. 8738); and

(b) Short term contracts for specialized or technical personal or professional services, subject to the conditions imposed by the Administrator of General Services in the delegation of authority (19 F. R. 275). DOUGLAS MCKAY, Secretary of the Interior.

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COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS Delegation of Authority with Respect to Lease of Certain Necessary Space and Facilities in Connection with Schooling of Navajo Children

SECTION 1. Delegation. The Commissioner of Indian Affairs is authorized to exercise the authority delegated on June 3, 1954 to the Secretary of the Interior by the Administrator of General Services to procure by lease for terms not in excess of five years, in accordance with section 3 of the act of August 27, 1935, as amended (40 U.S.C. 304c), and subject to the conditions imposed by the Administrator, the necessary space and facilities in the towns and cities of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah surrounding the Navajo reservation, in connection with the schooling of Navajo children.

SEC. 2. Redelegation. The Commissioner of Indian Affairs may redelegate, in writing, the authority delegated in section 1 of this order and he may authorize written redelegation of such authority.

RALPH A. TUDOR, Acting Secretary of the Interior. June 7, 1954.

[Order 2508, Amdt. 8]

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

Delegations of Authority

July 19, 1954.

Order No. 2508, as amended (14 F. R. 258; 16 F. R. 473, 11620, 11974; 17 F. R. 1570, 6418; 19 F. R. 34, 1123), is further amended as follows, to authorize the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to exercise the authority of the Secretary in relation to the classes of matters indicated.

1. Four new paragraphs designated (t), (u), (v), and (w) and reading as follows are added to section 11, Funds and fiscal matters:

(t) Applications by Osage Indians under section 5 of the act of April 18, 1912 (37 Stat. 87), for the withdrawal of individual trust funds in the Treasury of the United States.

(u) The designation of depositories of Indian moneys.

(v) The payment of salaries and expenses of officials of the Klamath Tribe and the determination of their length of stay at the seat of government pursuant to the act of May 29, 1953 (67 Stat. 40).

(w) The approval of requisitions for disbursing tribal funds.

2. Paragraph (a) under section 13 Lands and minerals, is further amended to read as follows:

(a) Leases for oil, gas, or other mining purposes covering lands or interests in lands held by the United States in trust for individual Indians, or tribes of Indians, or subject to restrictions against alienation without the consent of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to 25 CFR, Parts 183, 186, 189, 192, 195, and 201. The authority conferred by this paragraph extends to and includes: (1) The execution of leases on behalf of the United States when such

execution is requested by lessees; (2) the approval of leases; (3) the approval of, or other appropriate administrative action required on, assignments of leases, whether heretofore or hereafter executed; bonds and other instruments required in connection with such leases or assignments thereof; unit and communitization agreements; well-spacing orders of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission submitted for approval under authority of section 11 of the act of August 4, 1947 (61 Stat. 731); the acceptance of the voluntary surrender of leases by lessees; the cancellation of leases for violation of the terms thereof; and the approval of agreements for settlement of claims for damage to Indian lands resulting from oil, gas, or other mineral operations.

3. A new paragraph designated (x) and reading as follows is added to section 13, Lands and minerals:

(x) The conveyance to State or local governmental agencies or to local school authorities, of all the right, title, and interest of the United States in any land and improvements thereon and personal property used in connection therewith heretofore or hereafter used for Federal Indian school purposes and no longer needed for such purposes, pursuant to the act of June 4, 1953 (67 Stat. 41).

4. Section 18, Tribal ordinances and resolutions, is amended to read as follows:

SEC. 18. Tribal ordinances and resolutions. (a) Subject to the limitations set forth in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, the Commissioner may exercise the authority of the Secretary with respect to the following:

(1) Tribal ordinances and resolutions, and contracts, including expenditures under such contracts where approval of such expenditures is required, which are adopted, enacted, or negotiated by Indian tribal governing bodies pursuant to constitutions approved under section 16 or charters issued under section 17 of the act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984; 25 U.S.C., 1952 ed., secs. 461 et seq.), as amended, the act of May 1, 1936 (49 Stat. 1250; 25 U.S.C., 1952 ed., sec. 473a), and the act of June 26, 1936 (49 Stat. 1967; 25 U.S.C., 1952 ed., sec. 503), or pursuant to constitutions adopted and approved without regard to the provisions of these acts;

(2) Tribal ordinances relating to law and order adopted pursuant to 25 CFR 161.1 (e).

(b) The Commissioner shall forward to the Secretary, with a recommendation, ordinances, resolutions, or contracts which, in the opinion of the Commissioner, are:

(1) Inconsistent with an act of Congress or with a treaty or with the tribal constitution or charter under which the ordinance, resolution, or contract adopted, enacted, or negotiated; or

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(2) Should be disapproved or rescinded for any other reason.

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charter passes upon ordinances, resolutions, or contracts.

5. Paragraph (a) of section 100, Revocation-saving clause, is amended to read as follows:

(a) This order supersedes Subpart JBureau of Indian Affairs, of Part 4, Statement of Organization, as amended (Orders Nos. 2161, 2252, 2311, 2326, 2335, 2356), Order No. 341, Order No. 1996 (9 F. R. 12422), Order No. 2466, and Order No. 2502 (13 F. R. 8718).

RALPH A. TUDOR,
Acting Secretary of the Interior.

[Order No. 2509, Amdt. 20] SOLICITOR AND DEPUTY SOLICITOR Delegation of Authority-General Order No. 2509, as amended (17 F. R. 6793, 8634; 19 F. R. 433, 2706), is further amended as follows:

1. A new section, numbered 3 and reading as follows, is added:

SEC. 3. Authority of Solicitor to redelegate. The Solicitor may, in writing, redelegate or authorize written redelegation of any authority delegated to him by the Secretary of the Interior, including the authority delegated by sections 20 through 28, inclusive, of this order.

2. Section 21, as amended, is revised to read as follows:

SEC. 21. Claims. The Solicitor is authorized to:

(a) Exercise the authority conferred upon the Secretary by the provisions of 28 U.S.C., secs. 2401, 2671-2680 (the Federal Tort Claims Act);

(b) Exercise the authority of the Secretary in determining, under 25 U.S.C., 1952 ed., sec. 388, claims for damages arising out of the survey, construction, operation, or maintenance of irrigation works on Indian irrigation projects; and in determining, under Interior Department appropriation acts, claims for damage to or loss of property, personal injury, or death arising out of activities of the Bureau of Reclamation; and

(c) Compromise claims and demands of the United States pursuant to section 12 of the act of August 30, 1937, as amended (16 U.S.C., 1952 ed., sec. 832k).

3. Section 22 Claims relating to irrigation works is revoked.

4. Section 29 Deputy Solicitor is revoked. (Sec. 2. Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1950; 5 U.S.C.. 1952 ed., sec. 133z-15, note)

CLARENCE A. DAVIS, Acting Secretary of the Interior. September 24, 1954.

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COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS Delegation of Authority with Respect to Dwelling Accommodations for Indians in Certain Counties in California

November 10, 1954. SECTION 1. Delegation. The Commissioner of Indian Affairs is authorized to certify that any surplus housing, classified by the Housing and Home Finance Administrator as demountable, in the area of

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