Thursday, February 10, 2011

Governor Jan Brewer Signs Law That Allows Forcible Annexation of Land, Leaves Property Owner Without Any Say

The latest rendering of the West Valley Resort, a casino that Glendale officials and state leaders are trying to derail.

Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a measure that allows local governments to annex property without a property owner's consent under certain circumstances.It is the latest attempt by desperate Glendale politicians to block the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a resort-style casino in the West Valley near the Phoenix Coyotes' hockey arena and the Arizona Cardinals' football stadium.

If Glendale is able to annex the Tohono O'odham Nation's land, city officials hope it will prevent the feds from taking that land into trust. When land is taken into trust for an Indian community, it becomes part of its reservation -- and casinos can only be built on reservations. However, if a piece of land already is part of a municipality, it can't be taken into trust. Thus, no reservation, no casino.

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