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Gila River Indian Community continues to debate highway plan





The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona continues to debate a highway that could run through the reservation.

One group of tribal members supports the highway and has collected enough signatures to put it to a vote. But a rival group claims the petition is riddled with fraud.

The tribal council voted to investigate the petition. If it's approved, an election could be held June 20.

The state is spending $2 billion to on the South Mountain Freeway. One controversial route would have impacted a sacred site on the reservation.

Get the Story:
Gila River tribe orders probe linked to Loop 202 freeway signatures (The Arizona Republic 2/21)
Tribe calls for criminal investigation into freeway development group (KJZZ-TV 2/21)
Tribe may vote on Loop 202 segment plan by June (The Arizona Republic 2/6)

An Opinion:
Editorial: South Mountain Freeway’s delay has gone on long enough (The Arizona Republic 2/19)