Saturday, February 12, 2011
PHOENIX - The Tohono O'odham Nation is asking a federal judge to void a new state law that allows Glendale to annex the property on which the tribe wants to build a casino.
Attorneys for the Southern Arizona tribe contend the measure, signed earlier this month by Gov. Jan Brewer, violates state and federal constitutional provisions. They also said it is in direct contravention of a 1986 federal law that specifically authorized the tribe to buy land and have it included in the reservation.
Aside from seeking to overturn the law, the tribe wants the court to block Glendale from annexing the property, a move that would thwart the planned casino.
The lawsuit is not a surprise. Tribal Chairman Ned Norris Jr. had written the governor last month, before she signed the measure, warning her that the issue would wind up in court.
But Brewer press aide Matthew Benson said the governor is not worried.