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CHAPTER 978 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE MEMBERS OF THE EAST- ERN BAND OF CHEROKEE INDIANS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA TO HOLD, INHERIT AND ALIENATE PROPERTY, AND FURTHER SECURING TO THEM THE RIGHT OF LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
Subject only to restrictions and conditions now existing or hereafter imposed under Federal statutes and regulations, or treaties, contracts, agreements, or conveyances between such Indians and the Federal Government, the several members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians residing in Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Jackson and other adjoining counties in North Carolina, and the lineal descendants of any bona fide member of such Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, shall inherit, purchase, or otherwise lawfully acquire, hold, use, encumber, convey and alienate by will, deed, or any other lawful means, any property whatsoever as fully and completely in all respects as any other citizen of the State of North Carolina is authorized to inherit, hold, or dispose of such property.