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Filing says Arizona tribe secretly planned casino

The state and two tribes say there’s documentation that the Tohono O’odham Nation was secretly planning about a decade ago to acquire land for a Phoenix-area casino at a time when the Tohono O’odhams were among tribes promising to limit the number of casinos in the metropolitan area.

The Arizona Republic reports that a filing Monday in a lawsuit pending in a U.S. District Court cites depositions and old meeting minutes.

The state, the Gila River Indian Community and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community filed the suit in an attempt to block the Tohono O’odhams’ plans for a casino near Glendale.

Tohono O’odham Chairman Ned Norris Jr. calls the other side’s filing an attempt at misinformation and predicts it’ll be unsuccessful.

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