O’Halleran Bill to Take Tribal Lands into Trust Passes House of Representatives

September 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3160, the Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) that will bring the Blackwater Trading Post—which the Gila River Indian community owns—into trust status.

“As Members of Congress, we are able to restore tribal homelands and it is our duty to help uphold tribal sovereignty. I was honored to do so yesterday,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “The Gila River Indian Community has worked hard to acquire this land, and passing this bill is a celebration of that effort and the hard work of many on the ground in Arizona.”

WATCH Rep. O’Halleran speak in support of his bill on the House floor, HERE.

WATCH Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) speak in support of the legislation, HERE.

H.R. 3160 passed by voice vote.