YA Nation, Camp Verde sign major land agreement

Council Chairman Jon Huey and Camp Verde Mayor Dee Jenkins sign a resolution and intergovernmental agreement for a Fee to Trust at the Yavapai-Apache Council Chambers Thursday, June 16. Members of both the Yavapai-Apache and Camp Verde councils were in attendance for the signing. Photo courtesy of Russ Martin/Town of Camp Verde After two decades of discussion and negotiation between the Yavapai-Apache Nation and Town of Camp Verde, leaders signed a monumental resolution and intergovernmental agreement Thursday, June 16 to enable the Nation to pursue the acquisition of more than 1,200 acres of property in and adjacent to Camp Verde.

At the Camp Verde regular council meeting on June 15, speakers from the town and the nation referred to the resolution and agreement as “huge” in the context of the complicated history between the two entities as well as what it will mean for the future of the town.

“The agreement that would be approved by the approval of this resolution would significantly change the ownership landscape of the incorporated boundaries of the Town of Camp Verde,” a Camp Verde document states. “The amount of United States Forest Service property transferred as well a property bought by the Yavapai-Apache Nation will almost fully integrate our two communities.”

Essentially, the resolution and IGA set the specifics of a Fee to Trust agreement, which would effectively transfer tribal inholdings on forest service land for land located along SR 260 for “housing, economic development, open space and cultural purposes.”

“That includes the area that is specifically […]

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