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Dissecting the ‘poison pill’: A new West Valley casino can’t trigger it, but tribes remain opposed

In return for tribes’ agreement to limit the number and size of casinos and amount of games offered, the poison pill is designed to protect them against state lawmakers or courts granting non-tribal entities licenses to operate casinos in Arizona.

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Tohono O'odham Chairman Ned Norris Jr. speaks April 22 about new opposition from the state to its Glendale casino.  (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

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Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. left no doubt during a press conference today that his tribe believes it has the authority to continue building and eventually operate its $400 million West Valley casino, despite the Arizona Department of Gaming’s declaration that it will work to block the project.