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Judge sides with Tohono O'odham and Glendale Casino

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May 08, 2013

The Tohono O'odham won support from a federal judge's ruling. The judge ruled in favor of the tribal that plans to build a casino just outside of Glendale.

A lawsuit was first filed against the tribe in 2011. At that time, the Gila River Indian Community and state Attorney General Tom Horne sued the Tohono O'odham stating stating the casino violated the gaming compact. The compact was approved by 17 native American tribes in 2002. This also included the Tohono O'odham. The compact was then approved later by Arizona voters.

The recent ruling stated that new casinos are permitted per the current compact. However the judge also felt that the compact misled voters about where casinos would be located. Possibly believing the Valley would not have a new casino built there.

Plans for the Glendale casino were released in 2009. The Tohono O'odham's tribal land is 160 miles from the proposed location. In 2010, the federal government agreed to allow for the proposed casino land to be turned into tribal land.

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