Pasqua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona

Staff Reports
12/25/00

Questions over a casino's construction contract led to yet another effort to recall members of the tribal council. Tribal member Amelia Cordove said she will launch a drive to recall at least six of the 11 members of the council. A similar drive four months ago failed to gather enough signatures. The State Gaming Commission is investigating possible irregularities in a proposed casino's construction. The $7 million, no-bid contract would make Kitchell Construction Inc. the general contractor on a new casino expected to cost $66 million. Suspended Vice Chairman Francisco Munoz claimed the contract was rushed and not put up for bid as required. He said he was suspended for speaking out about the contract's irregularities. Alma Lespron, a former council member, said about 2,300 valid signatures are required to force a recall election.

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