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Gambling that growth restrictions will be approved for Arizona this year, commercial developers are lining up to start more projects on Indian lands.
And the Native American communities -- recognizing their federal lands will be immune from proposed state rules -- are opening their doors.
The result, industry experts say, could shift development from the Valley's cities to the Indian lands, giving the Native American communities a more important role in the region's growth.
"They are going to be a force to be reckoned with," said Stan Strom, a partner with Mills-Strom Partners Inc., a commercial real estate development and brokerage firm.