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February 20, 1982

RESOLUTION:

WHEREAS, on March 23, 1981, the Catawba Indian Study Commission passed a Resolution stating, in part, that:

The Catawba Indian Study Commission encourages
members of the s.c. Legislative Delegation to
explore the concept embodied in legislation pro-
posed by Congressman Lee of New York as a possible
avenue of resolution of the Catawba Indian Land
Claim.

This legislation would be designed to extinguish
any right or interest in any land claimed by the
Catawbas and to allow the Catawbas to pursue,
against the U.S. only, all claims as money damages
only.

WHEREAS, it appears that companion bills embodying the concepts mentioned above have been introduced into both Houses of the United States Congress as "Ancient Indian Land Claims Settlement Act of 1982;" and

WHEREAS, these bills appear to set up a fair and consistent policy with respect to a purported lack of Congressional approval of ancient Indian land transfers and further mandate procedures which will clear the title to land subject to Indian claims in the states of New York, Connecticut and South Carolina, and further provide a means whereby Indian tribes may receive fair compensation in the form of money damages from the United States Government for demonstrable injuries suffered as a result of said transfers; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Catawba Indian Study Commission continue to believe that the concepts embodied in these bills will provide an acceptable resolution of the Catawba Indian land claim;

IT IS, THEREFORE, RESOLVED by the Catawba Indian Study Commission:

That the members of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation and all members of Congress are encouraged to act favorably upon the "Ancient Indian Land claims Settlement Act of 1982."

AND IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be forwarded to each member of the Congressional Delegation from South Carolina, to the presiding officers of both houses of the United States Congress, and to other interested members of Congress and the Executive Branch of the United States Government.

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H. 3576
Introduced by Representatives Hayes, Kirsh, Freeman and Foster.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

TO MEMORIALZE CONGRESS TO ENACT UNITED STATES SENATE
BILL 2084 AND UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BILL
5494 WHICH ESTABLISH THE "ANCIENT INDIAN LAND CLAMS SETTLE-
MENT ACT OF 1982".

WHEREAS, the members of the General Assembly have

learned that companion bills have been introduced in the Congress which establish

the "Ancient Indian Land Claims Settlement Act of 1982"; and

WHEREAS, the number of this bill in the Senate is S. 2084

and the number of the bill in the House of Representatives is H. R. 5494; and

THEREAS, these bills set up a fair and consistent policy

with respect to a purported lack of congressional approval of ancient Indian land trans

fers and further mandate procedures which will clear the title to lands subject to Indian

claims in the states of New York and South Carolina; and

WBEREAS, the effects of this bill will consequently be felt

in South Carolina where certain types of Indian land claims are presently pending; and

WHEREAS, the members of the South Carolina General

Assembly believe that it would be in the best interest of the people of this State, the

Indians involved, and the other interested parties to such claims if S. 2084 and H. R.

5494 are enacted into law.

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives, the

Senate concurring:

THAT the members of the South Carolina General Assembly

hereby memorialize Congress to enact United States Senate Bill 2084 and United States

House of Representatives Bill 5494 which establish the "Ancient Indian Land Claims

Settlement Act of 1982".

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this reso

lution be forwarded to the President of the United States, to each member of the Congres

EXHIBIT "D"

sional Delegation from South Carolina, and to the presiding officers of both houses

of the United States Congress.

State of South Carolina
In the House of Representatives
Columbia, South Carolina
February 19, 1982

We hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of a resolution passed in the House of Representatives and concurred in by the Senate.

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Rock Hill Area CHAMBER of COMMERCE

ACCREDITED
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February 23, 1982

The Honorable Ernest F. Hollings
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Hollings:

We would appreciate your support on the Ancient Indian Claims
Settlement Act of 1982, the Lee-D'Amato bills.

On February 9, 1982, the Board of Directors of our Chamber
adopted the following policy on the legislation:

The Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce supports the
concept of the Ancient Indian Land claims Settlement
Act of 1982, the Lee-D'Amato bills. We believe
enactment of the Act would:
1) remove the clouds on the titles to the land

located within South Carolina and in partic-
ular York County and Rock Hill resulting
from the claims of Indian tribes or Indian

groups.
2) approve, validate, and ratify all Indian

land transfers effective as of the date of
such transfers and with the same effect as if
approval, validation, and ratification had

been given at the time of the transfers; and
3) provide Indian tribes and groups affected by

this Act with a means of obtaining fair and
equitable compensation for their claims,
including a cause of action in the Court of
Claims against the United States for monetary

compensation. The Chamber's endorsement of this legislation should not be construed as support for payment of any claim not settled by the courts. We view this legislation as an opportunity for all parties concerned to pursue due process of law without obstructing normal title transfers or causing economic upheaval.

16 David Lyte Boutevard • P.Q Box 590 Rock H SC 29730. (800) 324-7500

EXHIBIT "E"

The Honorable Earnest F, Hollings
United States Senate
February 23, 1982
Page 2.

This legislation is desparately needed and your support would
certainly enhance its chances of passage.
Sincerely,

R clint R. Carpenter, fr., CCE Executive Vice President

CC:

Robert L. Belk, Chamber President
Tom Roper, Chairman, Chamber Catawba Indian Claim Task Force
Lynn Campbell, Chamber Vice President, Public Affairs Council
Frank S. Barnes, III, Chairman, Chamber Congressional Action

Task Force
Dan Byrd, Attorney, Landowners Association
John Hayes, State Representative
Palmer Freeman, State Representative
Sam Foster, State Representative
Governor Richard Riley

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