U.S District Judge David Campbell ruled in favor of the Tohono O’odham Nation
and their proposed casino. The ruling came on Tuesday, stating that the current
state compact does not stop the development of a casino in the Phoenix area.
Since 2009 the proposed West Valley casino has struggled with controversy and
In 2011 a lawsuit was filed against the Tohono O’odham by two other tribes and
the state. The lawsuit was based on the gaming compact that the voters approved.
The proposed casino would violate the compact. That the compact was intended to
stop the amount of casinos that would be allowed to be developed in the valley.
However, the judge stated that the wording in the compact does not clearly ban
The proposed casino will be located on land that was previously purchased by the
Tohono O’odham Nation close to Glendale.
An appeal of the ruling is being considered by one of the suing tribes.
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