On November 18, 1987, the Gila River Indian Community passed Ordinance GR-07-87, Chapter 10: Control and Suppression of Pink Bollworm of Cotton and the Cotton Boll Weevil Complex.
Due to the devastating impact the pink bollworm and boll weevil complex can have on cotton producing crops within the Community, GR-07-87 established provisions for the control of the pink bollworm and boll weevil complex.
On October 2, 1985, the Gila River Indian Community passed Ordinance GR-06-85: Beehive Ordinance.
The Beehive Ordinance was established to provide requirements for the permitting and safe location of bee apiaries within the Community.
On July 2, 2014, the Gila River Indian Community passed Ordinance GR-05-14, Chapter 3: Pesticide Code (Code).
Formerly, the Pesticide Control Office had been operating under Ordinance GR-04-96, which was an amendment, to Ordinance GR-05-95, Chapter 3: Pesticide Code. Although the 1996 amendment addressed shortcomings regarding pesticide management areas, airstrips, aerial pesticide applications and others, it still did not address many of the pesticide activities that occur within the Gila River Indian Community.
Enactment of the Code formalizes and establishes uniform requirements and procedures for the safe handling, storage, sale, production, transportation, and application of pesticides within the Reservation, in order to protect the public health, safety and environment of the Community and of all individuals living and/or working within the Reservation. It is significantly more comprehensive and removes the dependence upon the Arizona Revised Statutes, although many of the provisions were used as a model for Gila River’s Code.