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Tohono O'odham Sues AZ Over West Valley Casino

July 10, 2015

A lawsuit has been filed by the Tohono O'odham Nation to stop the state from intervening in their Phoenix casino project.

In 2009 the tribe began working on the casino, West Valley Resort. The tribe has been sued many times over the controversial casino. The courts have ruled in favor of the tribe in a majority of the cases. However, in the current lawsuit, AZ Gov. Doug Ducey believes that fraud is being committed by the tribe. That the tribe is in violation of the 2002 gaming compact. Therefore the tribe does not have the legal right to build the casino.

The Tohono O'odham Nation believes that both the governor and the Arizona Department of Gaming are overstepping and exceeding their authority.

Construction has already started on the casino. Ten months ago is when it started. It will cost $400 million to complete. Half of the money has already been spent in the development.

Gov. Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, and head of the Arizona gaming department Daniel Bergin have all been named in the suit. Bergin is trying to revoke the West Valley Resort's Class III gaming license. He has also threatened to not approve the casino or give certification to potential employees or vendors.

On May 07, District Court Judge David Campbell ruled in favor of the tribe on the grounds that there is nothing in the compact from 2002 that states that the tribe cannot build their casino. State officials disagree.

Return to Arizona Casinos.


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