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Gila River Indian Community Freeway Extension Referendum (February 2012)

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A Gila River Indian Community Freeway Extension Referendum was voted on February 6, 2012 in the Gila River Indian community which is in Maricopa County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 603
  • NO 720 Defeatedd[1]

This was an advisory referendum and asked Indian residents if they would like the South Mountain Freeway extension of Loop 202 to be built on their reservation. Though members noted that even if the community voted against the building of the highway, the Arizona Department of Transportation had the ultimate say and would just take the Indian's vote as part of the public input of the environmental impact statement. Those against the proposed highway noted that if it is built on their land they would see little money from businesses which developed along the highway and it would make many residents live close to the proposed location of the highway. Also, sacred sites and destruction of natural habitats was a factor into why most did not want the highway built on the reservation.[2]