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West Valley casino proposal moves one step closer

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Tohono O’odham Nation says the U.S. Department of
the Interior has reaffirmed its decision that the tribe’s property lies within
unincorporated Maricopa County.

Tribal officials say that’s a key requirement for taking the land into trust.
They still hope to build a massive resort and casino on the edge of Glendale and
have been pushing that plan since 2009.

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

The Gila River Indian Community opposes the casino plan, saying it violates
zoning and state laws.

Gila River tribal officials say they will decide soon whether to take legal
action again.

They also say the Interior Department has yet to decide whether the Tohono
O’Odham Nation has permission to have gaming on the land.

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