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House delays vote affecting Glendale casino

The Arizona House skipped a planned vote on a bill that could derail plans by a southern Arizona Indian tribe to build a casino in suburban Phoenix.

The House was scheduled to vote on the measure March 15. The bill’s sponsor Rep. Jerry Weiers says the vote was skipped because several House members were absent. He says lawmakers will vote on the bill on March 17 and he’s confident it will pass.

The bill would allow Glendale to annex the land on which the Tohono O’odham Nation wants to build a Las Vegas-style casino and resort. Annexed land cannot be added to the tribe’s reservation, and casinos in Arizona can only be built on reservation land.

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  1. Glendale needs to re-evaluate their actions. They may face Federal Sanctions from the U.S. government on opposing Federally recognized tribes and the Native American Self Determination Act of 1996. Read this law and become familiarized.

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