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Navajo President Opens Door for Gambling

9 August 2004

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona – As reported by the Arizona Republic: " Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. has cleared the way for gambling at five tribal chapters, including two in Arizona, by not acting on legislation passed by the Tribal Council.

"'He did not sign it. He did not veto it. . . . I guess it becomes law,' spokeswoman Deana Jackson said Friday.

"The council last month voted 59-14 for a proposal to legalize gambling in the Shiprock, Hogback and Manuelito chapters in New Mexico and the Nahata Dziil and Leupp chapters in Arizona.

"Both Arizona chapters are on Interstate 40 in northeastern Arizona, considered prime locations for drawing crowds into casinos. Leupp is 27 miles from Winslow, which promotes itself heavily to tourists…"

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