Tribal Sovereignty Focus of O’Halleran’s First Bill in 117th Congress

January 25, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, during a Pro Forma session in the House of Representatives, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) introduced his first legislative item of the 117th Congress—the Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act, bipartisan legislation to bring the Blackwater Trading Post owned by the Gila River Indian Community into trust status.

“Arizona’s First Congressional District is home to twelve sovereign tribal nations; as a Member of Congress, it is my honor and privilege to be able to restore tribal homelands,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “The Gila River Indian Community has every right to this land, and I’m humbled to be able to re-introduce this legislation that will build upon the efforts of many in the Gila River Indian Community to acquire it.”

“I am encouraged that Congressman O’Halleran introduced this legislation early in this session of Congress,” said Governor Stephen Roe Lewis. “This is a simple land-in-trust bill, but it is a very important piece of legislation for the Gila River Indian Community and we are looking forward to working with Congressman O’Halleran and the delegation to get this bill passed and signed into law early this year so the Community can include this parcel in its land-use plans for District 1.”

View the legislation, HERE.