- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona tribe seeking to open a casino in the Phoenix area has accused Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich of obstructing its efforts to exercise its rights under federal law.

An attorney for the Tohono O’odham Nation leveled the allegations in a motion filed in federal court last week in response to efforts by the state officials to have the tribe’s case against them tossed.

The 22-page document suggests state Gaming Director Daniel Bergin was prepared to allow the casino to operate until receiving letters in April from the AG and the governor.

The tribe contends Ducey and the AG are anything but passive bystanders given that Bergin reversed course within days of getting the letters.

The state argues Ducey and the AG were only sharing their views on state law and didn’t force Bergin to take action.

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