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Glendale continues fight against tribe’s casino plans

Glendale continues fight vs tribe's casino plans

Opponents of the proposed Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale accuse the tribe of going “reservation shopping” to find a potentially lucrative casino market. Supporters say the tribe has done everything by the book. (Photo by Cronkite NewsWatch)

Glendale continues to oppose a southern Arizona tribe’s plan to open a casino near the city’s sports and entertainment district.

The Glendale City Council has voted to appeal a recent U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the Tohono O’odham Nation’s request to create a reservation on 54 acres. That’s a necessary step before the tribe could seek federal approval to build a casino on the unincorporated land that’s bordered on three sides by Glendale.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/PpPSKq) says Glendale will either appeal to the 9th Circuit Court for a re-hearing before a full panel or petition the U.S. Supreme Court.

The tribe unveiled its plans for a resort and casino in 2009. Glendale leaders say it would tax city resources and take away potential sales-tax revenue.

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