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Proceed with caution when chasing empty promises

The Tohono O’odham Nation's proposed West Valley Resort Casino.

In the aftermath of the Glendale City Council’s March 18th workshop, touted by the Tohono O’Odham Nation as a victory for their proposed neighborhood casino, media headlines spoke of the beginning of “negotiations” between the Nation and the city. As a veteran of this five-year-long political and legal battle and the governor of the Gila River Indian Community, I write to offer a strong note of caution about such “negotiations.”

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American Friends Service Committee is incorrect on corrections

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery (Cronkite News Service Photo by Christina Silvestri)

A sponsored analysis of Arizona’s sentencing policies by American Friends Service Committee (appearing in the March 14 edition Arizona Capitol Times in the “Courts and Corrections” Focus section) lacks relevant data about the state’s prison population and ignores smart, effective policies that are already in effect.

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Tying education funding to statehood

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Education funding and statehood. Why do I tie these two topics together? Because Arizona used to have plenty of money for education (as if $9,000 per child and $225,000 per a classroom of 25 wasn’t enough), but the federal government ...

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