Federal court again rejects attempt to block Glendale casino

The Tohono O’odham Nation acquired 135 acres in Glendale that converted to reservation land, where the tribe will soon open the Desert Diamond-West Valley resort and casino. /Photo by Megan Siquieros/Desert Diamond
The Tohono O’odham Nation acquired 135 acres in Glendale that converted to reservation land, where the tribe will soon open the Desert Diamond-West Valley resort and casino. /Photo by Megan Siquieros/Desert Diamond

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times

A federal appeals court this morning on Tuesday slapped down yet another bid by state officials and other tribes to block the Tohono O’odham Nation from conducting full-blown gaming at its Glendale casino.

In a unanimous ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments that the deal negotiated between the state and the tribe does not permit the Tohono O’odham to operate a casino on land that was not part of its reservation at the time. Justice Carlos Bea, writing for the panel, said it’s irrelevant whether state officials thought — and even contend they and the voters who approved the deal were led to believe — that such gaming was not permitted.

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