Trent Franks, Arizona Congressman, Expected to Propose Law -- Again -- to Block Tohono O'odham Nation's Plans for West Valley Casino
Congressional insiders say it may happen this week.
Although a similar measure he floated last year failed, Franks again is trying to "prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian lands in Arizona," according to a draft copy of the proposed law obtained by New Times.
Read: Keep the Tohono O'odham Nation (TON) from building a casino on land that the tribe owns near 95th and Northern avenues in the West Valley.
Chatter about Franks introducing this anti-casino measure coincides with a hearing scheduled this afternoon in U.S. District Court before Judge David Campbell.
One of the issues before Judge Campbell is whether permitting gaming on the tribe's West Valley property violates a gaming compact between tribes and the state that voters approved in 2002.
State officials and two other tribes -- the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community -- suing to halt the casino claim that the TON leaders and representatives agreed during the years-long negotiations over the gaming compact that there would be no more casinos in the Phoenix metro area.
The problem is that the compact doesn't say anything about how many casinos can be built in the Phoenix metro area.
Hard to violate a portion of a law that doesn't exist.
But the situation begs the questions: