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On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act ("ITARA"), Pub. L. 114-178.

Title III of this Act:

  • Allows the Secretary of the Interior to establish an Under Secretary for Indian Affairs who is to report directly to the Secretary of the Interior and coordinate with the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians ("OST") to ensure an orderly transition of OST functions to an agency or bureau within Interior;
  • Requires Interior to prepare a transition plan and timetable for how identified OST functions might be moved to other entities within the Department of the Interior;
  • Requires appraisals and valuations of Indian trust property to be administered by a single administrative entity within Interior; and
  • Requires Interior to establish minimum qualifications for individuals to prepare appraisals and valuations of Indian trust property and allow an appraisal or valuation by a qualified person to be considered final without being reviewed or approved by Interior.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ms. Debra DuMontier, Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians
debra_dumontier@ost.doi.gov or (505) 816-1131
Ms. Elizabeth Appel, Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs
elizabeth.appel@bia.gov or (202) 273-4680

Updated information regarding ITARA will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. Please check back frequently. 

DOCUMENTS

Letter to Tribal Leaders from Deputy Secretary Connor (July 13, 2016)

Federal Register: Tribal Consultation and Listening Sessions on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (July 20, 2016)

Federal Register: Tribal Consultation and Listening Sessions on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (Correction) (August 3, 2016) 

Template Agenda (August 2, 2016)

ITARA Consultation Ground Rules (August 2, 2016)

Description of OST Trust Functions (August 8, 2016)

OST Trust Functions Chart (August 8, 2016)

OST Presentation ITARA Section 304 (August 15, 2016)

ITARA Section 305(a) Presentation (August 15, 2016)

OST Accomplishments (August 19, 2016)

ITARA Section 303 AS-IA (August 29, 2016)

ITARA Section 305(b) Minimum Qualifications (August 29, 2016)

ITARA Draft Proposed Rule (August 29, 2016)

Transcript - ITARA Session - Albuquerque - August 22, 2016

Transcript - ITARA Session - Minneapolis - August 26, 2016

Transcript - ITARA Session - Seattle - August 29, 2016

Transcript - ITARA Session - Billings - August 31, 2016

Transcript - ITARA Session - Tulsa - September 7, 2016

Transcript - ITARA Session - Sioux Falls - September 9, 2016

Transcript - ITARA Session - Rancho Mirage - September 12, 2016

Transcript - ITARA Session - Rapid City - October 4, 2016

Proposed Rule - Appraisals and Valuations of Indian Property - 43 CFR Part 100 (9-22-2016)

Secretary of the Interior Letter to Congress re Section 304(a) (1-18-2017)

Public Comments (3-23-2017)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994

Secretarial Order 3335 - Reaffirmation of the Federal Trust Responsibility to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Individual Indian Beneficiaries

Report of the Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform

OST Annual Audit Reports