25 USC 1679 - Eligibility of California Indians

(a) Report to Congress 

(1) In order to provide the Congress with sufficient data to determine which Indians in the State of California should be eligible for health services provided by the Service, the Secretary shall, by no later than the date that is 3 years after November 23, 1988, prepare and submit to the Congress a report which sets forth
(A) a determination by the Secretary of the number of Indians described in subsection (b)(2) of this section, and the number of Indians described in subsection (b)(3) of this section, who are not members of an Indian tribe recognized by the Federal Government,
(B) the geographic location of such Indians,

Advertisement
view counter
(C) the Indian tribes of which such Indians are members,
(D) an assessment of the current health status, and health care needs, of such Indians, and
(E) an assessment of the actual availability and accessibility of alternative resources for the health care of such Indians that such Indians would have to rely on if the Service did not provide for the health care of such Indians.
(2) The report required under paragraph (1) shall be prepared by the Secretary
(A) in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, and
(B) with the assistance of the tribal health programs providing services to the Indians described in paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (b) of this section who are not members of any Indian tribe recognized by the Federal Government.
(b) Eligible Indians 
Until such time as any subsequent law may otherwise provide, the following California Indians shall be eligible for health services provided by the Service:
(1) Any member of a federally recognized Indian tribe.
(2) Any descendant of an Indian who was residing in California on June 1, 1852, but only if such descendant
(A) is living in California,

Advertisement
view counter
(B) is a member of the Indian community served by a local program of the Service, and
(C) is regarded as an Indian by the community in which such descendant lives.
(3) Any Indian who holds trust interests in public domain, national forest, or Indian reservation allotments in California.
(4) Any Indian in California who is listed on the plans for distribution of the assets of California rancherias and reservations under the Act of August 18, 1958 (72 Stat. 619), and any descendant of such an Indian.
(c) Scope of eligibility 
Nothing in this section may be construed as expanding the eligibility of California Indians for health services provided by the Service beyond the scope of eligibility for such health services that applied on May 1, 1986.