Gaming compact amendment could settle Glendale casino dispute

Gov. Doug Ducey, center, signs amendment to Arizona's tribal gaming compact, along with leaders from eight tribes. /Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times
Gov. Doug Ducey, center, signs amendment to Arizona’s tribal gaming compact, along with leaders from eight tribes. /Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Capitol Times

A proposed amendment to Native American nations’ gaming compacts with the state could end a years-long dispute over the Tohono O’odham’s controversial casino in Glendale, but the tribe has not yet agreed to any changes, even as 10 others signed new agreements with Gov. Doug Ducey.

Under the proposed agreement, the Tohono O’odham would get the Class III license it wants for its casino just outside the city limits of Glendale. The casino currently operates under a Class II license, which does not permit things like card games and slot machines. In exchange, the tribe would agree not to build any more casinos in the Phoenix metro area and to limit gaming to tribal land that existed as of 2003.

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