House passes bill overriding Arizona compact with Indian tribes

"These actions are contrary to the public commitments that this particular tribe made between 2000 and 2002 to the 16 other Indian tribes in Arizona, the state itself, and the voters of the state of Arizona," said Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who sponsored the bill.

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Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the only member who spoke against the bill, argued that there is no language in the state compact with Indian tribes preventing the Tohono O'oodham Nation from building near Phoenix. He also noted that several courts have already ruled in favor of the tribe, and that the House bill would be the first ever decision by Congress to interfere with a state-level compact with native Americans.

Grijalva argued that it would go against a federal law from 25 years ago as well that he said gives the tribe the right to build.

"H.R. 1410 would impose additional restrictions beyond those agreed upon by the United States and the O'oodham nation 25 years ago, breaking the solemn promise made between two sovereign nations," he said.

Despite Grijalva's protest, the House quickly passed the bill in  a voice vote, and Grijalva did not ask for a recorded vote. He said he recognized that most support the bill, which was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee in a 35-5 vote.

House passage sends the bill to the Senate, but it's not clear whether or when the Senate might consider it.