Ariz. governor signs bill targeting planned casino

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) February 2011
Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill intended to derail a Southern Arizona tribe’s plan to build a Las Vegas-style casino-hotel in the core of the Phoenix metro area.

Brewer signed the bill last week, the day before the deadline for her to act on the bill approved by the Legislature last week.

Once it takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends, the bill would allow the city of Glendale to annex the 54-acre site purchased years ago by the Sells-based Tohono O’odham Nation.

Casinos in Arizona must be built on American Indian reservations.

The tribe is seeking to have the federal government add the site to the tribe’s reservation. A legal challenge is pending in federal court.