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                                                 Union Calendar No. 429
108th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 2941

                          [Report No. 108-701]

To correct the south boundary of the Colorado River Indian Reservation 
                  in Arizona, and for other purposes.


_______________________________________________________________________


                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             July 25, 2003

Mr. Grijalva (for himself, Mr. Flake, Mr. Renzi, Mr. Hayworth, and Mr. 
   Pastor) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
                         Committee on Resources

                           September 28, 2004

     Additional sponsors: Mr. Kolbe, Mr. Baca, and Mrs. Napolitano

                           September 28, 2004

  Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole 
       House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed
 [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed 
                               in italic]
 [For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on July 
                               25, 2003]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL


 
To correct the south boundary of the Colorado River Indian Reservation 
                  in Arizona, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE, FINDINGS, PURPOSES.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Colorado River 
Indian Reservation Boundary Correction Act''.
    (b) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
            (1) The Act of March 3, 1865, created the Colorado River 
        Indian Reservation (hereinafter ``Reservation'') along the 
        Colorado River in Arizona and California for the ``Indians of 
        said river and its tributaries''.
            (2) In 1873 and 1874, President Grant issued Executive 
        Orders to expand the Reservation southward and to secure its 
        southern boundary at a clearly recognizable geographic location 
        in order to forestall non-Indian encroachment and conflicts 
        with the Indians of the Reservation.
            (3) In 1875, Mr. Chandler Robbins surveyed the Reservation 
        (hereinafter ``the Robbins Survey'') and delineated its new 
        southern boundary, which included approximately 16,000 
        additional acres (hereinafter ``the La Paz lands''), as part of 
        the Reservation.
            (4) On May 15, 1876, President Grant issued an Executive 
        Order that established the Reservation's boundaries as those 
        delineated by the Robbins Survey.
            (5) In 1907, as a result of increasingly frequent 
        trespasses by miners and cattle and at the request of the 
        Bureau of Indian Affairs, the General Land Office of the United 
        States provided for a resurvey of the southern and southeastern 
        areas of the Reservation.
            (6) In 1914, the General Land Office accepted and approved 
        a resurvey of the Reservation conducted by Mr. Guy Harrington 
        in 1912 (hereinafter the ``Harrington Resurvey'') which 
        confirmed the boundaries that were delineated by the Robbins 
        Survey and established by Executive Order in 1876.
            (7) On November 19, 1915, the Secretary of the Interior 
        reversed the decision of the General Land Office to accept the 
        Harrington Resurvey, and upon his recommendation on November 
        22, 1915, President Wilson issued Executive Order No. 2273 ``. 
        . . to correct the error in location said southern boundary 
        line . . .''--and thus effectively excluded the La Paz from the 
        Reservation.
            (8) Historical evidence compiled by the Department of the 
        Interior supports the conclusion that the reason given by the 
        Secretary in recommending that the President issue the 1915 
        Executive Order--``to correct an error in locating the southern 
        boundary''--was itself in error and that the La Paz lands 
        should not have been excluded from the Reservation.
            (9) The La Paz lands continue to hold cultural and 
        historical significance, as well as economic development 
        potential, for the Colorado River Indian tribes, who have 
        consistently sought to have such lands restored to their 
        Reservation.
    (c) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are:
            (1) To correct the south boundary of the Reservation by 
        reestablishing such boundary as it was delineated by the 
        Robbins Survey and affirmed by the Harrington Resurvey.
            (2) To restore the La Paz lands to the Reservation, subject 
        to valid existing rights under Federal law and to provide for 
        continued reasonable public access for recreational purposes.
            (3) To provide for the Secretary of the Interior to review 
        and ensure that the corrected Reservation boundary is 
        resurveyed and marked in conformance with the public system of 
        surveys extended over such lands.

SEC. 2. BOUNDARY CORRECTION, RESTORATION, DESCRIPTION.

    (a) Boundary.--The boundaries of the Colorado River Indian 
Reservation are hereby declared to include those boundaries as were 
delineated by the Robbins Survey, affirmed by the Harrington Survey, 
and described as follows: The approximately 15,375 acres of Federal 
land described as ``Lands Identified for Transfer to Colorado River 
Indian Tribes'' on the map prepared by the Bureau of Land Management 
entitled ``H.R. 2981, Colorado River Indian Reservation Boundary 
Correction Act, and dated May 14, 2004'', (hereinafter referred to as 
the ``Map'').
    (b) Map.--The Map shall be available for review at the Bureau of 
Land Management.
    (c) Restoration.--Subject to valid existing rights under Federal 
law, all right, title, and interest of the United States to those lands 
within the boundaries declared in subsection (a) that were excluded 
from the Colorado River Indian Reservation pursuant to Executive Order 
No. 2273 (November 22, 1915) are hereby restored to the Reservation and 
shall be held in trust by the United States on behalf of the Colorado 
River Indian Tribes.
    (d) Exclusion.--Excluded from the lands restored to trust status on 
behalf of the Colorado River Indian Tribes that are described in 
subsection (a) are 2 parcels of Arizona State Lands identified on the 
Map as ``State Lands'' and totaling 320 acres and 520 acres.

SEC. 3. RESURVEY AND MARKING.

    The Secretary of the Interior shall ensure that the boundary for 
the restored lands described in section 2(a) is surveyed and clearly 
marked in conformance with the public system of surveys extended over 
such lands.

SEC. 4. WATER RIGHTS.

    The restored lands described in section 2(a) and shown on the Map 
shall have no Federal reserve water rights to surface water or ground 
water from any source.

SEC. 5. PUBLIC ACCESS.

    Continued access to the restored lands described in section (2)(a) 
for hunting and other existing recreational purposes shall remain 
available to the public under reasonable rules and regulations 
promulgated by the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

SEC. 6. ECONOMIC ACTIVITY.

    (a) In General.--The restored lands described in section (2)(a) 
shall be subject to all rights-of-way, easements, leases, and mining 
claims existing on the date of the enactment of this Act. The United 
States reserves the right to continue all Reclamation projects, 
including the right to access and remove mineral materials for Colorado 
River maintenance on the restored lands described in section (2)(a).
    (b) Additional Rights-of-Way.--Notwithstanding any other provision 
of law, the Secretary, in consultation with the Tribe, shall grant 
additional rights-of-way, expansions, or renewals of existing rights-
of-way for roads, utilities, and other accommodations to adjoining 
landowners or existing right-of-way holders, or their successors and 
assigns, if--
            (1) the proposed right-of-way is necessary to the needs of 
        the applicant;
            (2) the proposed right-of-way acquisition will not cause 
        significant and substantial harm to the Colorado River Indian 
        Tribes; and
            (3) the proposed right-of-way complies with the procedures 
        in part 169 of title 25, Code of Federal Regulations consistent 
        with this subsection and other generally applicable Federal 
        laws unrelated to the acquisition of interests on trust lands, 
        except that section 169.3 of those regulations shall not be 
        applicable to expansions or renewals of existing rights-of-way 
        for roads and utilities.
    (c) Fees.--The fees charged for the renewal of any valid lease, 
easement, or right-of-way subject to this section shall not be greater 
than the current Federal rate for such a lease, easement, or right-of-
way at the time of renewal if the holder has been in substantial 
compliance with all terms of the lease, easement, or right-of-way.

SEC. 7. GAMING.

    The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.) shall not 
apply to the restored lands described in section (2)(a).




                                                 Union Calendar No. 429

108th CONGRESS

  2d Session

                               H. R. 2941

                          [Report No. 108-701]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL

To correct the south boundary of the Colorado River Indian Reservation 
                  in Arizona, and for other purposes.

_______________________________________________________________________

                           September 28, 2004

  Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole 
       House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Pages: 1

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