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Artman quoted in ‘Republic’ article about proposed Tohono O’odham casino
Professor of Practice
, Director of the College of Law’s Economic Development in Indian Country Program, was featured in a March 11
article entitled, “Tohono O’odham plans for casino bear Glendale anything but typical,” by reporter Cecilia Chan.
The article discussed a recent federal court decision to uphold the U.S. Department of Interior’s decision to take the tribe’s land into the reservation system. Once the land is designated a reservation, the Tohono O’odham believe they can get started on the casino. However, it is unclear if the Department of Interior will take the land into the reservation system immediately or wait until legal challenges are resolved, as it is likely that Glendale and the Gila River Indian Community will appeal the recent court ruling.
Artman argued that, l while the Department of Interior can take the land into the reservation system at any time, it is not likely that it will in the very near future.
If (Interior) takes the land into trust tomorrow, I think there will be a big uproar," Artman said. "There is an expectation right now they will be waiting for the litigation to settle before that happens. But again, who knows what the department could do?"
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Artman has served as the 10th Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior and as the Department’s Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs. An enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Artman has worked for his tribe as Director of Federal Affairs, Chief Legal Counsel and as Chief Operating Officer of an Oneida Tribe-owned telecommunications venture.