Executive Order 10967

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Executive Order 10967


This order officially placed responsibilities for managing Palmyra under the Department of the Interior, where it remains today. Since its removal from management by the Naval department, Palmyra had been somewhat is flux, but here Kennedy assured it could be given necessary resources to care for the atoll.


President John F. Kennedy


October 10, 1961



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By virtue of the authority vested in me by section 48 of the Hawaii Omnibus Act (approved July 12, 1960; 74 Stat. 424; P.L. 86-624) and section 301 of title 3 of the United States Code, and as President of the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. The Secretary of the Interior shall be responsible for the civil administration of Palmyra Island and 26 CFB 301.6103(a)-101, 20 FJ&. 8024; reissued In TJD. 6498, 38 FJt. 10154, Oct. 26, 1960. > 20 PH. 3023. all executive and legislative E.O. authority 10967 necessary for that administration, and all judicial authority respecting Palmyra Island other than the authority contained In the Act of June 15, 1950 (64 Stat. 217) , as amended (48 U.S.C. 644a), shall be vested In the Secretary of the Interior.

Sec. 2. The executive, legislative, and judicial authority provided for In section 1 of this order (1) may be exercised through such agency or agencies of the Department of the Interior, or through such officers or employees under the ju risdiction of the Secretary of the In terior, as the Secretary may direct or authorize, (2) may be exercised through such agency or agencies, other than or not in the Department of the Interior, or through such officers or employees of the United States not under the admin istrative supervision of the Secretary, for such time and under such conditions as may be agreed upon between the Secretary and such agency, agencies, officers or employees of the United States, and (3) shall be exercised in such manner as the Secretary, or any person or persons acting under the authority of the Secretary, may direct or authorize.

Sec. 3. The Secretary of the Interior may confer upon the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii such jurisdiction, in addition to that contained in the Act of June 15, 1950, and such judicial functions and duties, as he may deem appropriate for the civil administration of Palmyra Island.

Sec. 4. The foregoing provisions of this order shall continue in force until the Congress shall provide for the civil administration of Palmyra Island or until such earlier time as the President may specify.

Sec. 5. As used herein, the term "Palmyra Island" means the place of that name, consisting of a group of islets located in the Pacific Ocean approximately at Latitude 5°52' North and Longitude 162,,06' West, and includes the territorial waters of that place and includes also the reefs surrounding that place or any part thereof.

Sec. 6. To the extent that any prior Executive order or proclamation is in consistent with the provisions of this order, this order shall control.

Sec. 7. Nothing in this order shall be deemed to reduce, limit, or otherwise modify the authority or responsibility of the Attorney General to represent the legal interests of the United States in civil or criminal cases arising under the provisions of the Act of June 15, 1950, or under the provisions of section 3 of this order.

John F. Kennedy
The White House, October 10, 1961.





President John F. Kennedy, “Executive Order 10967,” Palmyra Archive, accessed September 23, 2017, http://www.palmyraarchive.org/items/show/143.


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