An Arizona House committee has approved a bill that could help Glendale prevent an American Indian tribe from building a casino near the city.
The measure, H2297, comes in response to the Tohono O’Odham Nation’s application to convert 100 acres of unincorporated land into a reservation, which would allow the tribe to build a casino. The tribe’s application is still pending.
The bill sponsored by Glendale Republican Rep. Jerry Weiers would allow Glendale to annex the land, which would prevent the tribe from converting it to a reservation in order to allow gambling.
Weiers says the tribe is imposing gambling on his district without input from the community. The tribe says a decades-old federal law allows it to add land to its reservation.