Arizona Lawmakers Want to Use Casino Agreements to Force Tribes to Settle Water Disputes

"Republican leaders at the Arizona Legislature are proposing that tribes with outstanding water disputes with the state be forced to settle those claims before they can renegotiate the number of slots and games they offer at casinos...The complex negotiations over water rights, where a court must determine which parties get certain amounts of water, can take decades to settle, and nine tribes in Arizona have unsettled water rights, including the largest, the Navajo Nation.

The bill would serve to speed up those negotiations because the gaming compacts that allow tribes to run casinos, which are vital to their economies, expire for many tribes in 2023."


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