Arizona delegation members try again to block tribe's casino

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Some members of Arizona's congressional delegation are trying again to block a casino project now under construction in the west side of the Phoenix area.

Legislation reintroduced this week after two previous failed attempts at passage is aimed at stopping the project planned by the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation, a southern Arizona tribe headquartered in Sells.

The legislation would prohibit construction of any new tribal casino on unincorporated land in Maricopa County that is not adjacent to an existing Indian reservation.

Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake introduced the legislation in the Senate, while Reps. Trent Franks and Paul Gosar are proposing it in the House.

The tribe held a groundbreaking ceremony last summer for the West Valley Resort, and the site is now being graded.