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New Arizona Tribal Casino Opens Despite Opposition From State

Tohono O’odham Nation Goes Through With Plan

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The planned tribal casino for the Glendale, Arizona area opened up this past weekend, despite the state trying to block it.

The Tohono O’odham Nation opened its Desert Diamond Casino West Valley even though it doesn’t currently have the ability to offer any table games, according to a report from abc15.com.

The $400 million casino was even facing opposition from lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Last month, a bill that would have prevented the tribe from opening the casino didn’t get the votes necessary to continue in the legislative process.

Arizona alleged that the tribe hid its intentions for a casino there when the gambling compact was negotiated in the early 2000’s. The report stated that Arizona is considering canceling the compact because of the Glendale-area casino.

Tribal gaming is regulated by the federal government but individual states do have involvement thanks to revenue-sharing deals. Desert Diamond Casino West Valley will be offering slot machine-like games for now. It plans to eventually offer table games once litigation with Arizona is resolved.