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May 21, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — U.S. Arizona Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and U.S. Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-1) moved May 8 to solidify a comprehensive water settlement for the Hualapai Tribe.

The Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019 would codify an agreement between Arizona and the U.S. government regarding the Tribe’s federally reserved water rights, including the Tribe’s right to receive 4,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Colorado River.

November 22, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., joined Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., to introduce the Native American Voting Rights Act of 2018, legislation to provide the resources and oversight necessary to protect Native Americans’ access to the ballot box.

September 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) congratulated the Hualapai Tribe for receiving a Tribal Heritage Grant from the National Park Service. The $43,200 award will allow the tribe to preserve their cultural heritage, including traditional arts, skills, education, and ceremonies.

July 24, 2018 In The News

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye commended U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., for securing an amendment to the fiscal 2019 appropriations to aid the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation (ONHIR).

O’Halleran responded to appeals from Navajo leadership to ensure that funding goes toward building homes and fulfilling the obligations of ONHIR for the benefit of the Navajo relocatees.

July 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) led Congressional efforts to pass S.2850, a bill that amends the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to allow the White Mountain Apache Tribe to use settlement funds to plan, design and construct a rural water system.

July 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass two amendments introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) to H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019. The bill passed the House today.

The first amendment, which passed unanimously through the House, sets a $36 million funding level for the replacement and new construction of public safety facilities on tribal lands. Previous language in the appropriation bill set funding at $18 million.

May 29, 2018 Press Release

SEDONA - Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced more than $127 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) for Native American tribes and nations in Arizona.

“These resources are a critical factor for tribal communities seeking to construct safe, affordable housing. I applaud this investment in communities that need these resources,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Not only will these grant funds give more families a place to call home, it will spur economic growth that will reverberate throughout the state of Arizona.”

January 19, 2018 In The News

WHITERIVER — In a process that has taken most of the past decade, The White Mountain Apache Tribe is one step closer toward implementation of its rural water system.

With the help of Congressman Tom O’Halleran, a bill known as SB 140 was approved Jan. 11 that allows the tribe to use settlement funds from the WMAT Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to cover any possible cost overruns for construction of the Miner Flat Dam and an accompanying rural water system project.

December 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) introduced the bipartisan Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act, a bill that would provide legal, medical, and counseling resources to women and children in tribal communities who are victims of domestic violence. Congressman Don Young (AK) and Congresswoman Sinema (AZ-09) are original cosponsors of the legislation.

September 5, 2017 In The News

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — On Aug. 15, Council Delegate Walter Phelps (Cameron, Coalmine Canyon, Leupp, Tolani Lake, Tsidi To ii), highlighted Western Navajo Agency concerns to Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D – AZ).

Phelps, along with Navajo Nation President Russell Begay met with O’Halleran and discussed issues surrounding the former Bennett Freeze area, broadband fiber optics for Tuba City Regtional Health Care Corporation, Bureau of Indian Affairs natural resource funding, road conditions, public safety and economic develop within the Western Navajo Agency.