Threat of federal resolution stopping casino project ends with session of Congress — Daily News-Sun

Efforts by opponents of a West Valley casino to stop the project via congressional action are over, at least for now. Whether they will be revived remains to be seen.

With Tuesday night’s U.S. Senate adjournment, the items left undone by lawmakers included final action on a resolution that effectively would block the Tohono O’odham Nation from building a $400 million casino and resort on a 135-acre undeveloped parcel given to the Indian tribe in trust by the federal government earlier this year.

Staff in the office of Rep. Trent Franks, D-8th Dist., said Friday they did not know if the congressman would bring back the Keep the Promise Act in the 114th session of Congress, which begins Jan. 6.

The resolution, which seeks to preserve a 2002 agreement on siting of Indian casinos by Arizona and its tribes, was approved by the House but never got beyond the Indian Affairs Committee in the Senate, where it was the subject of a September hearing.

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