PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court says a key legal issue remains unresolved regarding whether a southern Arizona tribe was rightfully awarded reservation status for its planned casino site near Glendale.
The court says the U.S. Interior Department must consider anew whether a federal law on land acquisitions by the Tohono O'odham Nation prohibits adding the site to the tribe's reservation.
An earlier ruling granted reservation status for the 54-acre site.
The property is an unincorporated island bordered on three sides by Glendale, and at issue is how to interpret part of a federal law on land acquisitions by the tribe.
Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said the tribe is "very pleased" by the ruling.
The Tohono O'odham Nation unveiled its plans for the massive resort and casino in 2009.
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