Tribe to move ahead with plans for full-blown casino complex

Artist’s conception of the front of the new casino the Tohono O’odham Nation plans to build now that it has final federal government approval. /Drawing courtesy of Tohono O’odham Nation

By Howard Fischer | Pinal Central

PHOENIX — Federal officials have removed the last legal barrier to full-blown casino gambling on the edge of Glendale.

The U.S. Department of Interior last week approved the changes in the gaming compact between the Tohono O’odham Nation and the state. That new agreement formally means the state will no longer oppose expanded gaming on the site and will, in fact, provide the necessary permits.

A day later the tribe told U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell it was dropping its lawsuit to force the state to allow its casino plans to proceed.


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