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DOI/OHA RIN: 1094-AA55 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Updates to American Indian Probate Regulations 
The Department of the Interior has procedures to meet its trust obligation to probate Indian Estates. The Bureau of Indian Affairs prepares a probate case file for an Office of Hearings and Appeals judge, who makes heirship determinations and orders the Office of the Special Trustee to distribute property in accordance with the American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004 (AIPRA). The proposed regulatory changes relate to efficiency and streamlining of processes, ensuring that the Department meets its trust obligations, and helping achieve the AIPRA/statutory goal of reducing fractionalization of trust property interests. 


Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 25 CFR 15    43 CFR 30   
Legal Authority: 212 DM 13    130 DM 7.3(c)    110 DM 26    25 U.S.C. 2206    25 U.S.C. 2201 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  10/31/2019  84 FR 58353   
ANPRM Comment Period End  12/30/2019 
NPRM  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Joshua Epstein
Counsel to the Director
Department of the Interior
Office of Hearings and Appeals
801 N Quincy Street, #400,
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone:703 235-1313