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H.R. 478: Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act


The text of the bill below is as of May 7, 2021 (Preprint (Suspension)).


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                                                                       117TH CONGRESS
                                                                          1ST SESSION
                                                                                                               H. R. 478
                                                                       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.




                                                                                     IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                                                              JANUARY 25, 2021
                                                                           Mr. O’HALLERAN             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 ben-
                                                                          efit of the Gila River Indian Community, and for other
                                                                          purposes.

                                                                         1              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
                                                                         2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
                                                                         3     SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

                                                                         4              This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Blackwater Trading
                                                                         5 Post Land Transfer Act’’.
                                                                         6     SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
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                                                                         7              In this Act:




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2 1 (1) BLACKWATER TRADING POST LAND.—The 2 term ‘‘Blackwater Trading Post Land’’ means the 3 approximately 55.3 acres of land as depicted on the 4 map that— 5 (A) is located in Pinal County, Arizona, 6 and bordered by Community land to the east, 7 west, and north and State Highway 87 to the 8 south; and 9 (B) is owned by the Community. 10 (2) COMMUNITY.—The term ‘‘Community’’ 11 means the Gila River Indian Community of the Res- 12 ervation. 13 (3) MAP.—The term ‘‘map’’ means the map en- 14 titled ‘‘Results of Survey, Ellis Property, A Portion 15 of the West 1⁄2 of Section 12, Township 5 South, 16 Range 7 East, Gila and Salt River Meridian, Pinal 17 County, Arizona’’ and dated October 15, 2012. 18 (4) RESERVATION.—The term ‘‘Reservation’’ 19 means the land located within the exterior bound- 20 aries of the reservation created under sections 3 and 21 4 of the Act of February 28, 1859 (11 Stat. 401, 22 chapter LXVI), and Executive orders of August 31, 23 1876, June 14, 1879, May 5, 1882, November 15, pamtmann on DSKBC07HB2PROD with BILLS 24 1883, July 31, 1911, June 2, 1913, August 27, •HR 478 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 15:39 Feb 14, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H478.IH H478
3 1 1914, and July 19, 1915, and any other lands 2 placed in trust for the benefit of the Community. 3 (5) SECRETARY.—The term ‘‘Secretary’’ means 4 the Secretary of the Interior. 5 SEC. 3. LAND TAKEN INTO TRUST FOR BENEFIT OF THE 6 GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY. 7 (a) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall take the 8 Blackwater Trading Post land into trust for the benefit 9 of the Community, after the Community— 10 (1) conveys to the Secretary all right, title, and 11 interest of the Community in and to the Blackwater 12 Trading Post Land; 13 (2) submits to the Secretary a request to take 14 the Blackwater Trading Post Land into trust for the 15 benefit of the Community; 16 (3) conducts a survey (to the satisfaction of the 17 Secretary) to determine the exact acreage and legal 18 description of the Blackwater Trading Post Land, if 19 the Secretary determines a survey is necessary; and 20 (4) pays all costs of any survey conducted 21 under paragraph (3). 22 (b) AVAILABILITY OF MAP.—Not later than 180 days 23 after the Blackwater Trading Post Land is taken into pamtmann on DSKBC07HB2PROD with BILLS 24 trust under subsection (a), the map shall be on file and •HR 478 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 15:39 Feb 14, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H478.IH H478
4 1 available for public inspection in the appropriate offices 2 of the Secretary. 3 (c) LANDS TAKEN INTO TRUST PART OF RESERVA- 4 TION.—After the date on which the Blackwater Trading 5 Post Land is taken into trust under subsection (a), the 6 land shall be treated as part of the Reservation. 7 (d) GAMING.—Class II and class III gaming under 8 the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2701 et 9 seq.) shall not be allowed at any time on the land taken 10 into trust under subsection (a). 11 (e) DESCRIPTION.—Not later than 180 days after the 12 date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall cause 13 the full metes-and-bounds description of the Blackwater 14 Trading Post Land to be published in the Federal Reg- 15 ister. The description shall, on publication, constitute the 16 official description of the Blackwater Trading Post Land. Æ pamtmann on DSKBC07HB2PROD with BILLS •HR 478 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 15:39 Feb 14, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6301 E:\BILLS\H478.IH H478