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  • Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act

    by Representative Dan Newhouse

    Posted on 2015-10-06

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    NEWHOUSE. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (S. 986) to require the Secretary of the Interior to take into trust 4 parcels of Federal land for the benefit of certain Indian Pueblos in the State of New Mexico.



    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: S. 986 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act''.

    SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act: (1) 19 pueblos.--The term ``19 Pueblos'' means the New Mexico Indian Pueblos of-- (A) Acoma; (B) Cochiti; (C) Isleta; (D) Jemez; (E) Laguna; (F) Nambe; (G) Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan); (H) Picuris; (I) Pojoaque; (J) San Felipe; (K) San Ildefonso; (L) Sandia; (M) Santa Ana; (N) Santa Clara; (O) Santo Domingo; (P) Taos; (Q) Tesuque; (R) Zia; and (S) Zuni.

    (2) Map.--The term ``map'' means the map entitled ``The Town of Albuquerque Grant, Bernalillo County, within Township 10 North, Range 3 East, of the New Mexico Principal Meridian, New Mexico--Metes and Bounds Survey'' and dated August 12, 2011.

    (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means Secretary of the Interior.

    SEC. 3. LAND TAKEN INTO TRUST FOR BENEFIT OF 19 PUEBLOS.

    (a) Action by Secretary.-- (1) In general.--The Secretary shall take into trust all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the Federal land described in subsection (b) for the benefit of the 19 Pueblos immediately after the Secretary determines that the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) have been satisfied regarding the trust acquisition of the Federal land.

    (2) Administration.--The Secretary shall-- (A) take such action as the Secretary determines to be necessary to document the transfer under paragraph (1); and (B) appropriately assign each applicable private and municipal utility and service right or agreement.

    (b) Description of Land.--The Federal land referred to in subsection (a)(1) is the 4 tracts of Federal land, the combined acreage of which is approximately 11.11 acres, that were historically part of the Albuquerque Indian School, more particularly described as follows: (1) Abandoned indian school road.--The approximately 0.83 acres located in sec. 7 and sec. 8 of T. 10 N., R. 3 E., of the New Mexico Principal Meridian in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as identified on the map.

    (2) Southern part tract d.--The approximately 6.18 acres located in sec. 7 of T. 10 N., R. 3 E., of the New Mexico Principal Meridian in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as identified on the map.

    (3) Tract 1.--The approximately 0.41 acres located in sec. 7 of T. 10 N., R. 3 E., of the New Mexico Principal Meridian in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as identified on the map.

    (4) Western part tract b.--The approximately 3.69 acres located in sec. 7 of T. 10 N., R. 3 E., of the New Mexico Principal Meridian in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as identified on the map.

    (c) Survey.--The Secretary shall conduct a survey of the Federal land to be transferred consistent with subsection (b) and may make minor corrections to the survey and legal description of the Federal land described in subsection (b) as the Secretary determines to be necessary to correct clerical, typographical, and surveying errors.

    (d) Use of Land.--The Federal land taken into trust under subsection (a) shall be used for the educational, health, cultural, business, and economic development of the 19 Pueblos.

    (e) Limitations and Conditions.--The Federal land taken into trust under subsection (a) shall remain subject to any private or [[Page H6821]] municipal encumbrance, right-of-way, restriction, easement of record, or utility service agreement in effect on the date of enactment of this Act.

    (f) Bureau of Indian Affairs Use.-- (1) In general.--The 19 Pueblos shall allow the Bureau of Indian Affairs to continue to use the land taken into trust under subsection (a) for the facilities and purposes as in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, in accordance with paragraph (2).

    (2) Requirements.--The use by the Bureau of Indian Affairs under paragraph (1) shall-- (A) be free of any rental charge; and (B) continue until such time as the Secretary determines there is no further need for the existing Bureau of Indian Affairs facilities.

    SEC. 4. EFFECT OF OTHER LAWS.

    (a) In General.--Subject to subsection (b), Federal land taken into trust under section 3(a) shall be subject to Federal laws relating to Indian land.

    (b) Gaming.--No class I gaming, class II gaming, or class III gaming (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2703)) shall be carried out on the Federal land taken into trust under section 3(a).

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Washington (Mr. Newhouse) and the gentleman from Northern Mariana Islands (Mr. Sablan) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Washington.

    General Leave Mr. NEWHOUSE. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Washington? There was no objection.

    Mr. NEWHOUSE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of S. 986, which would direct the Secretary of the Interior to place 11 acres of Federal land into trust for the collective benefit of 19 Pueblos in the State of New Mexico.

    These 11 acres were historically part of the Albuquerque Indian School site, which are culturally and historically significant to the Pueblos. Upon transfer, the lands may be used by the 19 Pueblos for the educational, health, cultural, business, and economic development purposes by these Pueblo tribes. One important thing to note is this land may not be used for gaming purposes under this bill.

    Since 1976, the 19 Pueblos have used the lands of the former Albuquerque Indian School for the cultural and economic benefit of the 19 Pueblos. This is the last portion of Federal lands of the former school site, which has not been conveyed to the 19 Pueblos.

    This bill is supported by the entire New Mexico congressional delegation. Recognizing the support of the local delegation, the House companion bill, H.R. 1880, sponsored by Congresswoman Lujan Grisham, was favorably reported by the Natural Resources Committee on September 30 of 2015.

    I urge passage of this bill.

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