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Tohono O'odham Nation ready to close illegal road

Correction/Clarification: Pima County, not the tribe, is building the road that won't be finished in one or two years.

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona says it's waited long enough to act on an illegal road on the reservation.

The road provides the only access for 72 property owners at an old ranch. But the developer never got permission from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to build the road back in the 1960s.

The Interior Department later ruled that the road was illegal. After years of waiting, the tribe has decided it's time to close it once and for all, a move that has angered some residents who say they won't have a way to get home.

Pima County is building a new road but it won't be finished for another two years.

Get the Story:
72 face O'odham cutoff of road home (The Arizona Daily Star 7/18)