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Judge asked to force Arizona to license Glendale casino

The Tohono Oai??i??odham Nation's proposed West Valley Resort Casino.

The Tohono Oai??i??odham Nation’s proposed West Valley Resort Casino.

A judge is being asked to order Arizona officials to issue licenses that will allow a tribal casino in Glendale to open.

The lawsuit filed by the Tohono O’Odham Nation against Gov. Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich and state gaming Director Daniel Bergin asks for an injunction requiring the state to stop trying to block the casino.

U.S. District Judge David Campbell hears arguments this morning.

Opponents of the casino say a 2002 gaming compact prohibits it from opening. A 2013 court decision that’s currently under appeal says otherwise.

The tribe says Ducey and Bergin are defying federal law by refusing to license the casino. State lawyers say the tribe’s case should be dismissed.

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2 comments

  1. Best part of this entire mess? The U.S. Government (state and feds) complaining that the Native Amercians didn’t keep their promise. Almost laughable if it weren’t so pathetic.

  2. Just curious: Wouldn’t a Tohono O’odham Nation casino have to be located on their lands? Here’s a link to their lands, http://www.tonation-nsn.gov/location.aspx, which are nowhere near Glendale. How does that work?

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