United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing to impact Glendale casino

GLENDALE, AZ - A Washington D.C. hearing on Wednesday could have a big impact on Glendale's future.

The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be meeting to discuss the future of Indian gaming.

At the center of the hearing will be a panel discussion on a proposed casino near Glendale.

After nearly 5 years of controversial and contentious debate the proposed casino finally got the okay from Glendale council members in a 4-3 vote.

That vote isn't the final hurdle though. The Tohono O'odham Nation who proposed the casino is still being opposed by several other Indian tribes and recently introduced legislation.

Dubbed the Keep your Promise Act of 2013, House Resolution 1410 would prohibit new Las Vegas style casinos from being built near homes, schools and churches.

H.R. 1410 has received some support from law makers and is currently making its way through the legislative process. If passed, the bill would effectively ban the proposed casino.

The Indian Affairs hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. eastern time. Representatives from both the Tohono O'odham nation, the Salt River Pima Indian community and the city of Glendale are expected to make presentations.

Look for an update on the decision on ABC15 news at 4 p.m.

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