Indian Mineral Leasing Act of 1938

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The Indian Mineral Leasing Act of 1938 (IMLA) provides that “[u]nallotted lands within any Indian reservation,” or otherwise under federal jurisdiction, “may, with the approval of the Secretary [of the Interior (Secretary)] … , be leased for mining purposes, by authority of the tribal council or other authorized spokesmen for such Indians.” 25 U.S.C. § 396a. The Act aims to provide Indian tribes with a profitable source of revenue and to foster tribal self-determination by giving Indians a greater say in the use and disposition of the resources on their lands.

References

  1.  "IMLA"
  2.  "United States v. Navajo Nation"