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Phoenix suburb opens talks with tribe on casino plan

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Glendale City Council has told its staff to begin
formal negotiations with the Tohono O’Odham Nation on a proposed casino near the
city’s sports and entertainment district.

Tribal chairman Ned Norris Jr. said talks could open the door for a
positive resolution of the disagreements between the two communities over the
project that’s projected to have a $300 million annual economic impact.

The city council also announced its opposition Tuesday to a federal bill
drafted to stop the casino.

The Tohono O’Odham has been seeking negotiations with Glendale since the
project was announced in January 2009.

Opponents have argued a 2002 voter-backed compact barred more casinos from
opening in metro Phoenix.

The Tohono O’odham is a federally-recognized tribe with existing reservation
lands in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties.


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