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H.B. 252 Enrolled

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NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN RELATED AMENDMENTS

             2     
2013 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Jack R. Draxler

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

             6      Cosponsor:Marie H. Poulson              7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Utah Division of Indian Affairs Act to address meetings of Indian
             11      Tribal Nation representatives and Native American Indian related committees.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    modifies provisions related to meetings with Indian Tribal Nation elected officials;
             15          .    modifies provisions related to the Native American Remains Review Committee;
             16      and
             17          .    makes technical and conforming amendments.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          9-9-104.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 286
             25          9-9-405, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 286
             26     
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 9-9-104.5 is amended to read:


             29           9-9-104.5. Meetings with Tribal Leaders and Native American Indian
             30      organizations.
             31          (1) The division shall meet regularly with:
             32          (a) elected officials of Indian [tribes] Tribal Nations located in whole or in part in the
             33      state; or
             34          (b) individuals designated by elected officials of the [tribes] Indian Tribal Nations
             35      described in Subsection (1)(a).
             36          (2) (a) Subject to Section 9-9-104.6 , at least [five] six times each year, the division
             37      shall coordinate and attend a joint meeting of the representatives of tribal governments listed in
             38      Subsection (2)(b) for the purpose of coordinating the efforts of state and tribal governments in
             39      meeting the needs of the Native [Americans] American Indians residing in [the state] Utah.
             40          (b) (i) The representatives to be included in the meeting described in Subsection (2)(a)
             41      shall be elected officials, serve as representatives for their entire elected term, and be selected
             42      as follows:
             43          [(A) an elected official of the Navajo Nation that resides in San Juan County selected
             44      by the Navajo Nation government;]
             45          (A) as a nonvoting member, an elected official of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock,
             46      Arizona, selected by the Navajo Nation, if the Navajo Nation chooses to select an elected
             47      official;
             48          (B) the Navajo Nation council delegate that represents the Utah Navajo Chapters, as
             49      defined in Section 35A-8-1702 , if the council delegate resides in San Juan County, Utah, or if
             50      the council delegate does not reside in San Juan County, Utah, a president of a Utah Navajo
             51      Chapter selected by the presidents of the Utah Navajo Chapters;
             52          [(B)] (C) an elected official of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray
             53      Reservation selected by the Uintah and Ouray Tribal Business Committee;
             54          [(C)] (D) an elected official of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah selected by the Paiute
             55      Indian Tribe of Utah Tribal Council;
             56          [(D)] (E) an elected official of the Northwestern Band of the [Shoshoni] Shoshone


             57      Nation that resides in [Northern] Utah or Idaho selected by the Northwestern Band of the
             58      [Shoshoni] Shoshone Nation Tribal Council;
             59          [(E)] (F) an elected official of the [Confederate] Confederated Tribes of the Goshute
             60      [Reservation that resides in Ibapah] selected by the [Goshute Business Council] Confederated
             61      Tribes of the Goshute Reservation Tribal Council;
             62          [(F)] (G) an elected official of the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians selected by
             63      the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indian Tribal Executive Committee;
             64          (H) as a nonvoting member, an elected official of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe,
             65      Colorado, selected by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Nation, if the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal
             66      Nation chooses to select an elected official;
             67          [(G)] (I) an elected official of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe that resides in Utah selected
             68      by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council; and
             69          [(H)] (J) an elected official of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, residing in Utah or
             70      Arizona, selected by the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribal Council.
             71          (ii) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(b)(i), if an elected official of an Indian [tribe]
             72      Tribal Nation provides notice to the division, the Indian [tribe] Tribal Nation may designate an
             73      individual other than the elected official selected under Subsection (2)(b)(i) to represent the
             74      Indian [tribe at a] Tribal Nation at an individual meeting held under Subsection (2)(a).
             75          (iii) A majority of voting members listed in Subsection (2)(b)(i) constitutes a quorum
             76      for purposes of a meeting held under Subsection (2)(a). An action of a majority of voting
             77      members present when a quorum is present constitutes action of the representatives for
             78      purposes of a meeting described in Subsection (2)(a).
             79          (c) (i) A meeting held in accordance with Subsection (2)(a) is subject to Title 52,
             80      Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             81          (ii) A meeting of representatives listed in Subsection (2)(b) is not subject to the
             82      requirements of Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act, notwithstanding whether it
             83      is held on the same day as a meeting held in accordance with Subsection (2)(a) if:
             84          (A) the division does not coordinate the meeting described in this Subsection (2)(c)(ii);


             85          (B) no state agency participates in the meeting described in this Subsection (2)(c)(ii);
             86          (C) a representative receives no per diem or expenses under this section for attending
             87      the meeting described in this Subsection (2)(c)(ii) that is in addition to any per diem or
             88      expenses the representative receives under Subsection (2)(d) for attending a meeting described
             89      in Subsection (2)(a); and
             90          (D) the meeting described in this Subsection (2)(c)(ii) is not held:
             91          (I) after a meeting described in Subsection (2)(a) begins; and
             92          (II) before the meeting described in Subsection (2)(c)(ii)(D)(I) adjourns.
             93          (d) A representative of a tribal government that attends a meeting held in accordance
             94      with Subsection (2)(a) may not receive compensation or benefits for the representative's
             95      service, but may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
             96          (i) Section 63A-3-106 ;
             97          (ii) Section 63A-3-107 ; and
             98          (iii) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
             99      63A-3-107 .
             100          (e) For [each] a meeting described in Subsection (2)(a), only [one individual from each
             101      tribe] the individuals described in Subsection (2)(b) may receive per diem and expenses, as
             102      provided in [this] Subsection (2)(d).
             103          (3) The division may meet as necessary with Native American Indian groups other than
             104      tribal governments representing the interests of Native [Americans] American Indians who are
             105      citizens of the state residing on or off reservation land.
             106          Section 2. Section 9-9-405 is amended to read:
             107           9-9-405. Review committee.
             108          (1) There is created a Native American Remains Review Committee.
             109          (2) (a) The review committee shall be composed of seven members as follows:
             110          (i) four Tribal members shall be appointed by the director from nominations submitted
             111      by [Indian tribes] the elected officials of Indian Tribal Nations described in Subsection
             112      9-9-104.5 (2)(b); and


             113          (ii) three shall be appointed by the director from nominations submitted by
             114      representatives of Utah's repositories.
             115          [(b) Except as required by Subsection (2)(c), as terms of current committee members
             116      expire, the director shall appoint each new member or reappointed member to a four-year
             117      term.]
             118          [(c) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (2)(b), the director shall, at the
             119      time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of
             120      committee members are staggered so that approximately half of the review committee is
             121      appointed every two years.]
             122          (b) A member appointed under Subsection (2)(a)(i) shall have familiarity and
             123      experience with this part.
             124          (c) (i) A member appointed under Subsection (2)(a)(i) serves at the will of the director,
             125      and if the member represents an Indian Tribal Nation, at the will of that Indian Tribal Nation.
             126      Removal of a member who represents an Indian Tribal Nation requires the joint decision of the
             127      director and the Indian Tribal Nation.
             128          (ii) A member appointed under Subsection (2)(a)(ii) serves at the will of the director,
             129      and if the member represents a repository, at the will of the Division of State History. Removal
             130      of a member who represents a repository requires the joint decision of the director and the
             131      Division of State History.
             132          (d) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the director shall appoint
             133      a replacement [for the unexpired term] in the same manner as the original appointment under
             134      Subsection (2)(a).
             135          (e) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but
             136      may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
             137          (i) Section 63A-3-106 ;
             138          (ii) Section 63A-3-107 ; and
             139          (iii) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
             140      63A-3-107 .


             141          (f) The review committee shall designate one of its members as chair.
             142          (3) The review committee shall:
             143          (a) monitor the identification process conducted under Section 9-9-403 to ensure a fair
             144      and objective consideration and assessment of all available relevant information and evidence;
             145          (b) review a finding relating to the following, subject to the rules made by the division
             146      under Subsection 9-9-403 (6):
             147          (i) the identity or cultural affiliation of Native American remains; or
             148          (ii) the return of Native American remains;
             149          (c) facilitate the resolution of a dispute among Indian [tribes] Tribal Nations or lineal
             150      descendants and state agencies relating to the return of Native American remains, including
             151      convening the parties to the dispute if considered desirable;
             152          (d) consult with Indian [tribes] Tribal Nations on matters within the scope of the work
             153      of the review committee affecting these [tribes] Indian Tribal Nations;
             154          (e) consult with the division in the development of rules to carry out this part;
             155          (f) perform other related functions as the division may assign to the review committee;
             156      and
             157          (g) make recommendations, if appropriate, regarding care of Native American remains
             158      that are to be repatriated.
             159          (4) A record or finding made by the review committee relating to the identity of or
             160      cultural affiliation of Native American remains and the return of Native American remains may
             161      be admissible in any action brought under this part.
             162          (5) The appropriate state agency having primary authority over the lands as provided in
             163      Chapter 8, Part 3, Antiquities, shall ensure that the review committee has reasonable access to:
             164          (a) Native American remains under review; and
             165          (b) associated scientific and historical documents.
             166          (6) The division shall provide reasonable administrative and staff support necessary for
             167      the deliberations of the review committee.
             168          (7) The review committee shall submit an annual report to the Native American


             169      Legislative Liaison Committee, created in Section 36-22-1 , on the progress made, and any
             170      barriers encountered, in implementing this section during the previous year.


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