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Glendale City Council to vote soon on casino plan

The Tohono O’odham Nation's proposed West Valley Resort Casino.

The Tohono O’odham Nation’s proposed West Valley Resort Casino.

GLENDALE — The Glendale City Council will consider an agreement next week with the Tohono O’odham Nation over its plan to build a casino resort near the city’s sports and entertainment district.

City officials posted a draft agreement of the deal Wednesday. The council is scheduled to vote on the project Tuesday night.

The southern Arizona tribe bought the casino site in 2003 to replace land flooded by the Painted Rock Dam about 30 years ago.

The Salt River and Gila River tribes oppose the casino plan. They argue that a 2002 tribal gaming compact stipulated no other casinos would be developed in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The Tohono O’odham obtained reservation status for the casino site last month through a U.S. Department of Interior decision allowing trust status for the land.

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