Residents of the Glendale area could see another tribal gambling venue become operational in the region as part of the key gambling expansion planned by Governor Doug Ducey and the state Legislature.
On February 9th, the Glendale City Council revoked its project to annex unincorporated county land, following a deal between the city authorities and the Tohono O’odham Nation, which already owns and runs the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley. Furthermore, the council also said that it would not interfere with the plans of the tribe to expand its casino services.
City Attorney Michael Bailey told the council that the abovementioned Native American nation intends to use the property for hosting a gaming facility and explained that local authorities would not oppose these plans. Mr. Bailey also explained that the city officials would not take steps to annex the property in question.
Still, the vote of the City Council will not immediately result in permission for a new casino in the region.
Under the existing state gaming compact, the Tohono O’odham Nation is allowed to operate a total of four gaming facilities in the state of Arizona. The tribe already has casinos near Glendale, Tucson, Why and Sahuarita, which could be a problem because the newly-proposed venue would be a fifth. Deal between Glendale City Council and Tohono O’odham Nation Unveiled
Previously, the tribe, based in the southern part of the state, was able to establish the West Valley casino by using an agreement to replace tribal land that got affected by flooding. […]