Land Acquisitions; Tohono O'odham Nation, Arizona

Summary:

The Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire Parcel 2 consisting of 53.54 acres of land into trust for the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona on July 23, 2010. This notice is published in the exercise of authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 Departmental Manual 8.1.

For further information contact:

Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, MS-3657 MIB, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240; Telephone (202) 219-4066.

Supplementary information:

This notice is published to comply with the requirement of 25 CFR part 151.12(b) that notice be given to the public of the Secretary's decision to acquire land in trust at least 30 days prior to signatory acceptance of the land into trust. The purpose of the 30-day waiting period in 25 CFR part 151.12(b) is to afford interested parties the opportunity to seek judicial review of final administrative decisions to take land in trust for Indian tribes and individual Indians before transfer of title to the property occurs. On July 23, 2010, the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs decided to accept Parcel 2, consisting of 53.54 acres of land into trust for the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. Pursuant to the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act, Public Law 99-503, 100 Stat. 1798 (1986) Section 6(d) mandates: “The Secretary, at the request of the Tribe, shall hold in trust for the benefit of the Tribe any land which the Tribe acquires pursuant to subsection (c) which meets the requirements of this subsection. Any land which the Secretary holds in trust shall be deemed to be a Federal Indian Reservation for all purposes. Land does not meet the requirements of this subsection if it is outside the counties of Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima, Arizona, or within the corporate limits of any city or town. Land meets the requirements of this subsection only if it constitutes not more than three separate areas consisting of contiguous tracts, at least one of which areas shall be contiguous to San Lucy Village. The Secretary may waive the requirements set forth in the preceding sentence if he determines that additional areas are appropriate.” The 53.54 acre parcel is located in Maricopa County, Arizona, and the parcel is not “within the corporate limits of any city or town.”

The legal description of the property is as follows:

PARCEL NO. 2

THE WEST HALF OF THE WEST HALF OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER AND THE WEST HALF OF THE EAST HALF OF THE WEST HALF OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 2 NORTH, RANGE 1 EAST OF THE GILA AND SALT RIVER BASE AND MERIDIAN, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA;

EXCEPT THE WEST 360.14 FEET (MEASURED), WEST 360.00 FEET (RECORD) OF THE NORTH 484.19 FEET (MEASURED), NORTH 484.00 FEET (RECORD); AND

EXCEPT THE NORTH 258.00 FEET OF THE WEST 460.00 FEET OF THE WEST HALF OF THE WEST HALF OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 4; AND

EXCEPT THE NORTH 40.00 FEET, THEREOF; AND

EXCEPT THOSE PORTIONS THEREOF WHICH LIE NORTHERLY OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LINE;

BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE NORTH-SOUTH MIDSECTION LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, WHICH POINT BEARS SOUTH 01 DEGREES 36 MINUTES 34 SECONDS WEST (RECORD AS SOUTH 00 DEGREES 16 MINUTES 56 SECONDS WEST ACCORDING TO ADOT PARCEL 7-4241),55.01 FEET FROM THE NORTH QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SECTION 4;

THENCE EAST (RECORDED AS NORTH 88 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 28 SECONDS EAST, ACCORDING TO ADOT PARCEL 7-42410), 503.20 FEET;

THENCE NORTH (RECORDED AS NORTH 01 DEGREES 19 MINUTES 32 SECONDS WEST ACCORDING TO ADOT PARCEL 7-4241), 55.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF ENDING ON THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, WHICH POINT BEARS NORTH 88 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 28 SECONDS EAST, 501.66 FEET FROM SAID NORTH QUARTER CORNER OFSECTION 4, AS CONVEYED TO THE STATE OF ARIZONA IN DEED RECORDED IN RECORDING NO. 86-652262 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS; AND EXCEPT THAT PARCEL OF LAND LYING WITHIN SAID NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 4 AND BEING A PORTION OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL DESCRIBED IN RECORDING NO. 95-490799 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:

COMMENCING AT THE NORTH QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SECTION 4;

THENCE NORTH 88 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 25 SECONDS EAST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID NORTHEAST QUARTER, 998.19 FEET;

THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 09 MINUTES 14 SECONDS WEST, 40.01 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID PARCEL ON THE SOUTH LINE OF THE NORTH 40.00 FEET OF SAID NORTHEAST QUARTER AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING;

THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 09 MINUTES 14 SECONDS WEST, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID PARCEL, 28.05 FEET;

THENCE NORTH 68 DEGREES 29 MINUTES 09 SECONDS WEST, 42.26 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTH LINE OF THE NORTH 51.64 FEET OF SAID NORTHEAST QUARTER;

THENCE SOUTH 88 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 25 SECONDS WEST, ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE, 455.83 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EAST LINE OF THAT PARCEL CONVEYED TO ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IN RECORDING NO. 86-652262 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS;

THENCE NORTH 01 DEGREES 19 MINUTES 35 SECONDS WEST, ALONG SAID EAST LINE, 11.64 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTH LINE OF THE NORTH 40.00 FEET OF SAID NORTHEAST QUARTER;

THENCE NORTH 88 DEGREES 40 MINUTES 25 SECONDS EAST, ALONG THE SOUTH LINE, 495.50 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, AS CONVEYED TO MARICOPA COUNTY IN DEED RECORDED IN RECORDING NO. 99-332877 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS.

Larry Echo Hawk,

Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs.

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