House Unanimously Passes O'Halleran Bill to Implement Settlement between the Gila River Indian Community and the United States
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass H.R. 4032, a bill introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran to implement a settlement between the Gila River Indian Community and the United States. The bipartisan legislation was cosponsored by Congressmen Paul Gosar, Ruben Gallego, David Schweikert, and Andy Biggs.
“Today, the House stepped up and fulfilled this obligation to the Gila River Indian Community,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “I am grateful for the bipartisan support this legislation received, and I look forward to working with the Senate, Gila River Indian Community, and state leaders to correct a century-old surveying mistake along the northern border of the tribe’s lands.”
The Gila River Indian Community Federal Rights-of-Way, Easements and Boundary Clarification Act implements the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Gila River Indian Community against the United States for the mismanagement by the federal government of tribal trust assets and trust funds. It also ensures that adequate surveys are performed to confirm the federal rights-of-way that exist on the Community’s Reservation and that a map of such rights-of-way is developed. The legislation will take lands acquired by the Community from the Bureau of Land Management in exchange for lands lost through the inaccurate survey performed by the federal government of the Reservation’s northwesterly boundary into trust status.