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Arizona Treaty May Lead to Casino

13 May 2004

ARIZONA – As reported by the Arizona Republic: "The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, one of the smallest of Arizona's 21 tribes, has reached a treaty with the Navajo Nation that could lead to a casino's being built 10 miles west of Flagstaff, according to Evelyn James, president of the Paiute Tribe.

"The tribe has signed a compact with the state and is allotted 475 slot machines and up to two casinos. It has about 265 members and is widely known for its traditional hand-woven baskets.

"…In 2001, a treaty was reached with the Navajos giving the Paiutes the land of their two major communities, one near Navajo Mountain on the Arizona-Utah line and the other at Willow Springs, near Tuba City.

"And last month, the Navajo Tribal Council approved an addendum to that treaty, designating land in Bellemont, 10 miles west of Flagstaff, as part of the San Juan Reservation.

"The agreement would allow the Paiutes to build a casino away from the Navajo Reservation.

"…Flagstaff Mayor Joe Donaldson said he would not like to see a casino nearby…"

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