PHOENIX — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would
stop the Tohono O’odham Nation from building a casino in the Glendale area.
It passed by a voice vote Tuesday. The measure now awaits consideration by the
U.S. Senate, which didn’t vote on a similar bill last year.
The bill seeks to prevent more casinos from opening on Phoenix metropolitan
area land designated as a reservation after April 2013.
The Tohono O’odham Nation unveiled plans in 2009 to build a resort and casino
Opponents have argued a 2002 voter-backed compact barred more casinos from
opening in metro Phoenix.
A federal judge ruled the tribe’s plans don’t violate the compact. The state
and the Gila River Indian Community have appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court