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Claims Resolution Act of 2010

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Claims Resolution Act of 2010

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Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the Claims Resolution Act. This legislation will have an enormous impact on Indian Country, and it will also help meet our trust obligations to tribal nations.

Included in this legislation is the White Mountain Apache settlement that resolves the water rights of the tribe and communities in the White Mountains of Arizona. Growing up in that area, I remember having to boil water before using it. That is simply not acceptable in the 21st century. This legislation is critical, and I was proud to have it be the first bill I introduced.

I want to thank tribal Chairman Lupe, Senator Kyl, Chairman Rahall, and the other stakeholders involved in this process. It was a collaboration of many partners and many years. I am proud to see it passed into law today.

I urge my colleagues to pass the Claims Resolution Act.

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