Glendale City Council votes to appeal court’s casino-land decision; RLG represents Arizona House and Senate leadership in opposing the casino project

By Sonu Munshi

The Arizona Republic

Glendale, the Gila River Indian Community and the state will continue the fight against a southern Arizona tribe that wants to open a casino near Glendale’s sports and entertainment district.

A divided Glendale City Council on Tuesday voted to appeal this month’s decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling upheld the Tohono O’odham Nation’s request to create a reservation on 54 acres near 95th and Northern avenues. That’s a necessary step before the tribe could seek federal approval to build a casino there.

“I want this settled for once and for all, and who better than the highest court in the land to tell me that A, I either have to sit (at) the negotiating table with the Tohono O’odham or B, the Tohono O’odham can go find another place to put a casino outside of a city,” Councilwoman Joyce Clark said.

Glendale is undecided on whether it will appeal to the 9th Circuit Court for a rehearing before a full panel or petition the U.S. Supreme Court. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Tom Horne, who is representing the state, said his office intends to file a petition for rehearing with the 9th Circuit Court.

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