Tohono O’odham still seeking casino-resort in metro Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) Jan. 2010

A southern Arizona tribe says it won’t back away from plans for a casino-resort on the west side of the Phoenix metro area.

Gov. Jan Brewer asked the Tohono O’odham Nation to abandon its plan.

The tribe is awaiting a federal response to the year-old request to take 135 acres of tribal-purchased land into the reservation system.

In a letter Jan. 22 to Gov. Jan Brewer, Chairman Ned Norris Jr. declined to withdraw the tribe’s application.

He asked for a meeting to discuss the issue, which he called an economic benefit to the state in fiscally dire times.

Governor spokesman Paul Senseman said Brewer “stands firm that this location should no longer be considered.”