W. Valley casino closer to becoming a reality

GLENDALE, AZ - After a prolonged legal fight, the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation is one step closer to building a casino in the West Valley.

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Friday issued a decision that would allow the Nation’s request to acquire a parcel of land surrounded by land owned by the City of Glendale.

The land at 91st and Northern avenues would be taken into trust by the Tohono O’odham Nation where the Southern Arizona tribe wants to build a $500 million casino, according to the Phoenix Business Journal .

The casino has faced opposition from some state lawmakers along with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Gila River Indian Community. Those two tribes already operate casinos in the Phoenix area.

According to the Business Journal, the Tohono O’odham tribe quietly bought the parcel of land in the West Valley in 2003. The purchase came as a result of a 1986 federal law allowing the O’odham to replace land lost to a federal dam built in Southern Arizona with unincorporated land in the Phoenix area.

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