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Bureau Of Land Management Completes Land Sale To Gila River Indian Community

Coverage of tribal natural resources is supported in part by Catena Foundation

The Bureau of Land Management has completed the sale of two public land parcels to the Gila River Indian Community. The sale of the two parcels, totaling over 3,300 acres, is in accordance with the Gila River Indian Community Federal Rights-of-Way, Easements and Boundary Clarification Act.

The act settled disputes over existing federal rights-of-way on the community’s land that prevented housing development and full implementation of water rights. It also settled a dispute involving the northwest boundary of the reservation, as one of the land parcels is located on that border.

The Gila River Community encompasses the Pima and Maricopa tribes. The parcels include cultural resources and archaeological sites of historical significance to both tribes.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.