H.R. 6696 (112th): The Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Dec 20, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6696

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 20, 2012

(for himself and Mr. Schweikert) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to take certain land located in Pinal County, Arizona, into trust for the benefit of the Gila River Indian Community, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the The Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Blackwater Trading Post land

The term Blackwater Trading Post land means the approximately 50.3 acres of land as depicted on the map that—

(A)

is located in Pinal County, Arizona, and bordered by Community land to the east, west, and north and State Highway 87 to the south; and

(B)

is owned by the Community.

(2)

Community

The term Community means the Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation.

(3)

Map

The term map means the map entitled Results of Survey, Ellis Property, A Portion of the West ½ of Section 12, Township 5 South, Range 7 East, Gila and Salt River Meridian, Pinal County, Arizona and dated October 15, 2012.

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

3.

Land taken into trust for benefit of the Gila River Indian Community

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall take the Blackwater Trading Post land into trust for the benefit of the Community after the Community—

(1)

conveys to the Secretary all right, title, and interest of the Community in and to the Blackwater Trading Post land;

(2)

submits to the Secretary a request to take the Blackwater Trading Post land into trust for the benefit of the Community;

(3)

if the Secretary determines a survey is necessary, conducts a survey (to the satisfaction of the Secretary) to determine the exact acreage and legal description of the Blackwater Trading Post land; and

(4)

pays the cost of any survey conducted under paragraph (3).

(b)

Availability of map

Not later than 180 days after the Blackwater Trading Post land is taken into trust under subsection (a), the map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Department of the Interior.

(c)

Lands taken into trust part of reservation

After the date on which the Blackwater Trading Post land is taken into trust under subsection (a), the land shall be treated as part of the Gila River Indian Reservation.

(d)

Limitation on liability of United States

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the United States shall not incur any liability for the conditions on the Blackwater Trading Post land on the date before the date on which such land is taken into trust under subsection (a).

(e)

Gaming

Notwithstanding subsection (c), the Community may not conduct gaming activities on the Blackwater Trading Post land, as a matter of claimed inherent authority or under the authority of any Federal law, including the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.) or under any regulations thereunder promulgated by the Secretary or the National Indian Gaming Commission.