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Editorial: Tohono O'odham Nation generous on road

"The Tohono O'odham Tribal Council has generously agreed to keep Coleman Road open through Sept. 29, allowing Pima County more time to bulldoze an alternative route into a wildcat subdivision west of Tucson.

Coleman Road, located west of Three Points, travels south from Arizona 86 and crosses Tohono O'odham land. Some 70 property owners live on private land � Hayhook Ranch � at the end of the road.

The tribe has previously informed the residents that it considers their use of the road to be trespassing. It repeated that in a letter mailed to the residents on Wednesday.

Tohono O'odham tribal Chairwoman Vivian Juan-Saunders said Thursday: "For the most part the residents have been good neighbors, though I'm not sure they're totally understanding of who we are as a people."

She added: "There are a handful who are very confrontational." Some of the neighbors are cooperative and some are not, she said, but all were subject to a restraining order filed in 2003."

Get the Story:
Editorial: O'odham generously extend road deadline (The Arizona Daily Star 9/1)

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