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Arizona Leaders Disagree on Gambling

8 September 2003

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona – As reported by the Associated Press: "Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. will consult with the tribe's attorney general and executive branch lawyers before deciding whether to sign a gaming compact with New Mexico approved by the tribe's Council, a spokeswoman said.

"However, Shirley's opposition to legalized gambling on the reservation in light of its defeat in two previous referendums remains steadfast, spokeswoman Deana Jackson said Friday.

"…Navajos at To'hajiilee, off Interstate 40 west of Albuquerque, have pushed for years for casino gambling on their 120-square mile reservation, which is separated from the main reservation by about a hundred miles of state, private and pueblo land…"

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