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Tribes aim to influence vote in off-reservation gaming dispute

The Tohono O'odham Nation and the Gila River Indian Community spent $235,000 to influence voters in Glendale, Arizona.

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12/20/2014

article Measure to block Glendale tribal casino falters in senate
(Arizona) -- A bid to block tribal gaming on the edge of Glendale has faltered. The U.S. Senate wrapped up its business earlier this week without voting on a measure...

12/19/2014

article Threat of federal resolution stopping casino project ends with session of Congress
(Arizona) -- Efforts by opponents of a West Valley casino to stop the project via congressional action are over, at least for now. Whether they will be revived remains...

12/17/2014

article Anti-casino groups fined $75,000 over campaign reports
(Arizona) -- Two Glendale political groups that oppose a West Valley tribal casino were fined $75,000 earlier this month for four campaign finance violations. Glendale...

12/12/2014

article Construction starts on WV casino resort
(Arizona) -- Work on the Tohono O’odham Nation’s West Valley Resort at 95th and Northern avenues began in earnest last month. With the completion of pre-...

12/5/2014

article West Valley Resort and Casino construction begins in earnest
(Arizona) -- The steel and concrete has been ordered. The Tohono O’odham Nation is anxious to begin the gaming business as quickly as possible, considering it has...

12/4/2014

article Tohono O’odham Poised to Begin Major Construction on West Valley Resort Project
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation’s West Valley Resort project is moving forward and is poised to begin major construction operations. All pre-...

12/3/2014

article Construction gets going on casino near University of Phoenix Stadium
(Arizona) -- Tohono O'odham Nation is starting to move dirt as construction moves forward on a controversial casino just north of University of Phoenix Stadium and...
article Major construction set to start on W. Valley casino project
(Arizona) -- Major construction work is set to begin on a new $400 million resort and casino – the West Valley’s first such venture. Officials with the...

10/22/2014

article Ariz. Attacks Tribe's Phoenix Casino Plan In 9th Circ.
(Arizona) -- The state of Arizona fired another volley in the Ninth Circuit seeking to halt a local Indian tribe's controversial plan to build a $400 million Las...

10/21/2014

article Strength Of Gaming Market Among The Debates Over West Valley Casino
(Arizona) -- The West Valley Resort and Casino has sparked multiple legal battles, inspired a congressional bill and caused rifts among several of the state’s...
article Tohono O'odham Nation was looking for off-reservation casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation told a fellow tribe it was interested in an off-reservation casino more than a decade ago, Chairman Ned Norris said.

10/20/2014

article Analysts Say Questions Over West Valley Casino Could Take Years To Settle
(Arizona) -- In August the Tohono O’odham Nation officially broke ground on The West Valley Resort and Casino. Getting to this point hasn’t been easy. The...

10/6/2014

article McGinn: “Most people don’t realize how close we were to actually getting an NHL team.’’
(Arizona) -- Against a backdrop of 100-degree temperatures, workers last month began implementing the latest changes for a hockey team once just a lone councilman’...

9/25/2014

article Groups sue to put casino deal on ballot
(Arizona) -- Opponents of a proposed West Valley casino have filed a lawsuit against Glendale seeking to overturn the city's decision to reject their referendums.
article MONTINI: Broken promise scorecard: Tribes - 1 U.S. - all of them
(Arizona) -- A number of elected officials from Arizona and some citizens in Glendale are very upset at the Tohono O'odham Nation for breaking a promise. This stems...

9/19/2014

article Hearing held on measure that could halt West Valley Casino and Resort
(Washington D.C.) -- Mayor Jerry Weiers and Councilmember Gary Sherwood testified in front of a U.S. Senate committee on the efforts to block the Tohono O’odham...

9/18/2014

article Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers urges Congress to halt West Valley casino
(Washington D.C.) -- Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers told a Senate committee Wednesday that unless Congress acts to block a Tohono O'odham Nation casino in his city,...
article John McCain To Obama Indian Affairs Official: That’s A ‘Smart Ass’ Answer
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain accused Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn of supplying a “smart ass” answer to...

9/17/2014

article Glendale mayor urges Congress to halt West Valley casino
(Washington D.C.) -- Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers told a Senate committee Wednesday that unless Congress acts to block a Tohono O’odham Nation casino in his city,...
article Legislative Hearing on S. 2670, Keep the Promise Act of 2014
(Washington D.C.) -- Hearings to examine S.2670, to prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian land in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts.
article Senate panel hears testimony on measure that would halt West Valley casino
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. Senate committee heard testimony but took no vote Wednesday on a measure that would block efforts by the Tohono O'odham Nation to...
article Glendale rejects casino-deal referendums
(Arizona) -- Glendale has rejected two referendums filed by groups opposing development of a West Valley casino. City Clerk Pam Hanna on Tuesday determined that the...

9/15/2014

article Glendale group files enough signatures for casino ballot initiative
(Arizona) -- A group of Glendale residents has raised enough signatures to place an initiative related to the proposed tribal casino on an upcoming ballot.
article Group files petition to overturn council vote to approve casino
(Arizona) -- After turning in what they claim is nearly 15,000 signatures protesting the city council's vote to approve the West Valley Casino and Resort, a group...
article Petitions filed to block Glendale casino deal
(Arizona) -- Developers already broke ground on a new casino in Glendale, but opponents say it's not too late to stop it. Two different petitions trying to block the...

9/13/2014

article Critics file petitions to halt West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- Opponents of a West Valley tribal casino filed referendum petitions Friday seeking to overturn Glendale's agreement with the Tohono O'odham Nation...
article Exposed: Anti-Casino Signature Gathering Campaign Misleading Some Glendale Residents
(Arizona) -- Just as soon as the Glendale City Council voted to support the Tohono O'odham Nation's efforts to build a casino near the city limits, an effort got...
article Glendale Group Says it Submitted More Than 13K Signatures Against the Casino
(Arizona) -- A group calling itself "Glendale Citizens for Voice and Choice" reportedly turned in more than 13,000 signatures on a "petition protesting...
article Group collects 13K signatures to put casino deal on ballot
(Arizona) -- A group calling itself Glendale Citizens for Voice and Choice held a press conference Friday afternoon to announce they had gathered 13,000 signatures...

9/12/2014

article Group protests City Council deal with tribe to build casino in Glendale
(Arizona) -- Controversy is brewing over a new casino which is expected to be built near 91st Avenue and Northern by the Tohono O'odham Nation.

9/11/2014

article US Senate panel to hear proposal to stop Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- A U.S. Senate panel will consider a proposed resolution next week that could block the $500 million casino that recently broke ground near Glendale.

9/10/2014

article Senate panel to consider measure that would halt Glendale casino
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. Senate committee is slated to hear testimony next week on a resolution that would block operation of a casino on Indian tribal land...
article Gila River Arena now official name for hockey facility
(Arizona) -- Gila River Arena is now officially the name of the Glendale-owned hockey arena. In a 5 to 1 vote, the Glendale Council approved the name with Councilmember...
article Glendale $1 million short in first year of Coyotes deal
(Arizona) -- Glendale spent $1 million more than expected in the first year of a 15-year agreement with the Arizona Coyotes after parking and concert revenue at the city...

9/9/2014

article BALDARAS: Fighting a casino in Glendale
(Arizona) -- The 2002 voter enactment of Prop 202, the 17 Tribes Initiative, was an enormous achievement for Arizona tribes. The new tribal-state gaming compacts that...

9/8/2014

article OP/ED: East Valley trying to protect turf by opposing West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- Regarding the letter by Mesa Mayor Alex Finter, "We must strike the right balance for Indian gaming in the Valley," (Opinions, Aug. 29): Recently...

9/2/2014

article City leaders welcome West Valley Casino and Resort at groundbreaking
(Arizona) -- After supporting the Tohono O’odham Nation’s plan to build the West Valley Casino and Resort, Mayor Bob Barrett welcomed the Tohono O’...

8/31/2014

article Tohono O'odham Nation Breaks Ground at Site of West Valley Resort and Casino
(Arizona) -- Officials from West Valley cities, including Peoria, Tolleson, Glendale, gathered with leaders from the Tohono O'odham inside a white air conditioned...

8/30/2014

article A Matter of Trust / Phoenix casino may impact American Indians nationwide
(Arizona) -- Testifying July 23 before a U.S. Senate committee, President Diane Enos of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community accused the Tohono O’odham...
article Glendale casino 'played by the rules?' Yeah, right
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the southern-Arizona Tohono O'Odham tribe broke ground last week for its planned casino and resort adjacent to Glendale.

8/29/2014

article Leaders from tribe, Glendale break ground on $400 million casino resort
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Tohono O'odham Nation and this West Valley city broke ground Thursday on a $400 million casino resort that has been the subject of...
article Leaders from tribe, Glendale break ground on $400M casino resort
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Glendale broke ground Thursday on a $400 million casino resort that has been the subject of lawsuits and...
article Tohono O'odham breaks ground on casino
(Arizona) -- After seven years of planning, the Tohono O’odham Nation broke ground the morning of Aug. 28 for construction of the new West Valley Casino and Resort.
article We must strike the right balance for Indian gaming in the Valley
(Arizona) -- Thanks to legislation just introduced by Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, Valley cities and suburbs are one step closer to stopping new casino...

8/28/2014

article City prepares for windfall from Glendale casino agreement
(Arizona) -- After standing on the sidelines for more than five years, Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett was pleased to hear the Glendale City Council approved a deal with the...
article Leaders from tribe, Glendale break ground on $400 million casino resort
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation and this West Valley city broke ground Thursday on a $400 million casino resort that has been the subject of...
article Tohono O'odham Breaks Ground at Glendale Casino Site
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise is starting work on its newest casino outside of Glendale. The group broke ground earlier Thursday at the new...
article Tohono O'odham Nation Breaks Ground on Glendale Area Casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation broke ground on its West Valley Casino on Thursday. Contractors estimate the entire project will be completed within three...
article Tohono O'odham Nation breaks ground on new resort and casino
(Arizona) -- Today the Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) broke ground on its West Valley Resort & Casino project during a ceremony attended by community...
article Tohono O'Odham nation breaks ground on new west valley casino
(Arizona) -- With much fanfare, the Tohono O'Odham nation broke ground on a new casino it intends to build at 91st Avenue & Northern near the University of...
article Tribe breaks ground for West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation broke ground this morning for the West Valley Resort casino. Marlene Vazquez, a member of the Nation and one of its former...
article Tribe breaks ground on $400 million casino resort
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation and this West Valley city broke ground Thursday on a $400 million casino resort that has been the subject of...
article We must strike the right balance for Indian gaming in the Valley
(Arizona) -- Thanks to legislation just introduced by Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, Valley cities and suburbs are one step closer to stopping new casino...

8/27/2014

article Tribe to break ground on planned casino in Glendale on Thursday
(Arizona) -- A southern Arizona tribe isn't letting state lawmakers' efforts keep it from breaking ground on a casino project in the city of Glendale.
article Tribe to break ground today on Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- In a bold move that could later backfire, the Tohono O’odham Nation plans to break ground today on its $400 million West Valley casino.

8/26/2014

article Taxes, debt, and the casino are the big 3 issues for Glendale residents
(Arizona) -- Glendale residents in the Barrel, Cholla, and Ocotillo districts had a wide field of candidates to choose from to represent them.
article Tribe to break ground on Glendale casino Thursday
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation plans to break ground Thursday on its West Valley casino, according to city officials from Glendale and Peoria. Glendale...

8/25/2014

article Rival tribe spends big in fight over Tohono O'odham Nation casino
(Arizona) -- The Gila River Indian Community is spending big in Washington, D.C., in its fight against the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino. The tribe...

8/23/2014

article Casino foes pursue effort to kill project near Glendale
(Arizona) -- A local citizens group is gathering voter signatures for a petition that would force a referendum on the City Council’s recent decisions to approve an...

8/21/2014

article Tribe Wins Battle For Phoenix Casino, But Others Fear Consequences [sub req'd]
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation’s effort to build one of the country’s largest American Indian casinos in suburban Phoenix, Arizona, may damage...

8/20/2014

article Critics move to overturn Glendale casino deal
(Arizona) -- The approval of a glitzy gambling hall by the Glendale City Council last week has done little to calm the divisive issue or a five-year legal battle over...

8/19/2014

article Critics move to overturn Glendale casino deal
(Arizona) -- The approval of a glitzy gambling hall by the Glendale City Council last week has done little to calm the divisive issue or a five-year legal battle over...

8/14/2014

article Divided Glendale council gives final clearance to casino plan
(Arizona) -- The West Valley is all but ready to get its first casino. A final agreement between the Tohono O’odham Nation and the city of Glendale approved in a 4...

8/13/2014

article Comments made during Glendale's Council meeting on the Tohono O'odham Nation and casino
(Arizona) -- Nearly 50 people spoke before the Glendale City Council Tuesday night on two measures associated with an agreement between the city of Glendale and the...
article Divided Glendale council OKs agreement for casino
(Arizona) -- A sharply divided Glendale City Council has approved an agreement with a southern Arizona tribe to build a casino adjacent to the suburban city. The 4-3...
article Glendale Approves Casino Agreement, Will Make Millions From Tribe
(Arizona) -- After a five year legal battle, the Glendale City Council has formally ended its opposition to a casino outside the city limits. The Tohono O'odham...
article Glendale City Council approves O'odham casino deal
(Arizona) -- Following a 4-hour-plus meeting last night, the Glendale City Council approved a deal with the Tohono O'odham Nation related to the proposed casino that...
article Glendale Council OKs Agreement to Build Tohono O'odham Casino
(Arizona) -- A divided Glendale City Council has approved an agreement with the Tohono O'odham Nation to build a casino adjacent to the city.

8/12/2014

article $400M resort and casino coming to West Valley: Tohono O'Odham, City of Glendale finalize agreement
(Arizona) -- The City of Glendale and the Tohono O'Odham Nation have finalized their agreement to build a multi-million dollar resort and casino in the West Valley.
article Glendale City Council votes 4-3 to support casino proposal
(Arizona) -- Glendale will be the next site for a new casino. The city council narrowly voted to approve the controversial plan late Tuesday night. After arguing, and...
article Glendale council approves pact with tribe for casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation and the City of Glendale have finalized an agreement ensuring that the West Valley Resort project provides significant...
article Glendale council OKs casino deal with tribe
(Arizona) -- In a heated 4 ½-hour meeting, the Glendale City Council voted Tuesday to approve a deal with the Tohono O'odham Nation that will bring $26...
article Will another casino hurt or help the Valley?
(Arizona) -- Letters: Readers weigh in on the Tohono O'odham Nation's plans to build a West Valley casino.

8/10/2014

article LETTER: Glendale should halt action on casino plan to hear public opinion
(Arizona) -- Regarding "Tribe would pay Glendale $26 million in casino deal" (Valley & State, Thursday): It is disgraceful and alarming that the Glendale...
article Tribe trumps lawmakers in political card game
(Arizona) -- It takes a special kind of Old West audacity for elected officials of the U.S. government to lecture a Native American tribe about not living up the spirit...

8/9/2014

article Opinion: Hard to stop advance of Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- It is a shameful thing to practice deception and bad faith, especially when those being deceived include your tribal kin. So, expect no applause here for...
article Opinion: What if Tohono O'odham tribe builds a West Valley casino?
(Arizona) -- When highly publicized promises, like those made by all 17 Arizona tribes, including the Tohono O'odham Nation, that there would be no additional...

8/8/2014

article Glendale City Council To Vote On Proposed Casino
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council next week is scheduled to vote on a draft agreement with the Tohono O’odham Nation on its proposed casino near the city.

8/7/2014

article City comes to terms with Tohono O’odham
(Arizona) -- After five years of fighting the construction of a casino/resort, the City of Glendale announced Aug. 6 that they have come to an agreement with the Tohono...
article Glendale casino contract calls for $28 million
(Arizona) -- There's an empty plot of desert in Glendale's Westgate District that could generate millions of dollars. The Tohono O'Odham Nation plans to...
article Glendale to receive $25 million to support Tohono O'odham's casino
(Arizona) -- Glendale will get more than $25 million during the next two decade from the Tohono O'odham Nation in exchange for supporting its plans for a casino on...
article Glendale unveils casino deal with tribe
(Arizona) -- A 20-year deal between Glendale and the Tohono O'odham Nation related to the tribe's proposed casino would pay the city an average of $1.3 million a...
article Glendale’s take on casino-development pact: Average $1.3M a year
(Arizona) -- An agreement between the city and a southern Arizona Indian tribe seeking to build a casino on unincorporated Maricopa County land would pay Glendale an...

8/6/2014

article Salt River Pima-Maricopa praises McCain/Flake bill
(Arizona) -- As Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake introduced a Senate companion bill to the House-passed “Keep the Promise Act” (H.R. 1410), sponsored by...
article Glendale announces casino agreement with tribe
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation would pay Glendale $26 million over 20 years under a proposed agreement for the tribe’s casino on its reservation land...
article Glendale to consider agreement between city, potential casino
(Arizona) -- Glendale, Ariz. will consider an agreement between the city and a Native American nation to build a casino near the home of the Arizona Cardinals and...
article Glendale, Tohono O'odham Agreement Released
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council will vote next week on an agreement with the Tohono O'odham Nation that would let the tribe build a new resort, including a...
article Glendale, tribe announce final deal to move forward with West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- Glendale is formally on board with the Tohono O’odham Nation’s plans for a casino and resort on Maricopa County land surrounding by the city...
article Tribe to pay Glendale $25M+ for backing casino
(Arizona) -- Glendale will get more than $25 million over the next two decades from the Tohono O’odham Nation in exchange for supporting the tribe’s plans...

8/5/2014

article COLUMN: Gila River and Salt River tribes: What are they? Chopped liver?
(Arizona) -- The southern Arizona tribe that plans to build a casino resort southeast of the financial glory hole called "Sun City West" is moving along nicely...

8/4/2014

article Talk to Tina: West Valley residents weigh in on casino
(Arizona) -- While controversy continues over the proposed casino on the Tohono O’odham Nation’s land near 91st and Northern avenues, there are opinions on...
article Tribe may not need to wait on Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- The tribal casino and resort planned near Glendale's sports and entertainment district still faces some court battles as well as a new effort by Arizona...

7/31/2014

article BLOG: Senator John McCain Embraces Congressman Trent Franks' Anti-West Valley Casino Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona's political heavyweights have spent years in federal court challenging the legality of Tohono O'odham Nation's proposed West...

7/30/2014

article Arizona Lawmakers Take Aim At West Valley Casino Development
(Arizona) -- Three Arizona lawmakers are trying to stop a proposed casino in the West Valley. It's the latest in a long series of attempts to block the development.
article Majority of Glendale candidates says casino is foregone conclusion
(Arizona) -- Candidates for two Glendale City Council races met at the Surprise Today offices recently for an editorial board meeting and it should come as no surprise...

7/29/2014

article McCain Introduces Bill To Block Arizona Tribal Casino [sub req'd]
(Washington D.C.) -- Less than a week after a Senate hearing on a proposed tribal casino in their state, Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona...
article McCain, Flake measure steps up fight vs. Glendale casino
(Washington D.C.) -- Opponents of a planned casino in Glendale hope for swift action on a U.S. Senate resolution that would block construction of the project backers say...
article Senators introduce bill to block new casino planned in Phoenix area by Tohono O'odham Nation
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona's two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to block construction of a Phoenix-area casino planned by a southern Arizona tribe. If...
article Tohono O'odham selects construction team for casino/resort
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) announced July 29 that it has selected the partnership of Hunt Construction Group and PENTA Building Group...
press release SRPMIC Indian Community Applaud Recent Action by U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake
(Arizona) -- Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) President, Diane Enospraised the action of Arizona Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake for sponsoring...

7/28/2014

article McCain, Flake introduce bill to stop Glendale casino
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona introduced a bill Monday to prohibit any new casinos in metropolitan Phoenix. The measure aims to...
article Senators hope to trump casino project
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released the following statement announcing that they are today introducing a Senate...
article COMMENTARY: Casino will be a win for West Valley and Arizona
(Arizona) -- As elected leaders of multiple West Valley communities, we want to cut through the over-heated rhetoric surrounding the Tohono O’odham Nation’s...
article Hunt Construction, Penta picked by Tohono O’odham Nation to build $500M Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation has picked Hunt Construction Group and Penta Building Group to build its $500 million casino in the West Valley near...

7/25/2014

article Mayor testifies before Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- Nearly a week after Glendale City Council changed its stance on the proposed Tohono O’odham Nation’s West Valley Casino and Resort,...
article Tohono O’odham Closer to Glendale Casino, Tribes Continue to Fight Ruling
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department this month gave Arizona’s Tohono O’odham tribe final permission to convert an island of land it owns in the city...

7/24/2014

article BIA indicates Tohono O'odham Nation can use land for gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Indian Affairs Committee jumped into the controversy over the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino for the first time on...
article Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers Fails to Convey City's True Stance on Gaming at Senate Hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers was among several individuals who testified before a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday regarding...
article Lawmakers Say Bill To Block Ariz. Casino Could Bring Suits
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawmakers raised concerns at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday that proposed legislation aimed at blocking a controversial Arizona casino, which is...
article Casino project could have significant economic impact, consulting firm says
(Arizona) -- The Torres Consulting & Law Group, which counts Arizona Pipe Trades Local 469 as one of its clients, provided the following information about the...

7/23/2014

article Tribal, Glendale officials in West Valley Casino fight testify to Senate panel
(Washington D.C.) -- Tohono O’odham leaders “looked us in the face and lied” about their plans for a Glendale casino, and Congress needs to step in and...
article U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing to impact Glendale casino
(Washington D.C.) -- A Washington D.C. hearing on Wednesday could have a big impact on Glendale's future. The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will...
article Gila River governor hopes city made good bet
(Arizona) -- Lost in this week’s headlines about the Glendale City Council’s 4-3 flip-flop vote to support the Tohono O’odham Nation’s...
press release U.S. Senators Urged to Act on Bill to Preserve Future of Indian Gaming in Arizona
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress has the power to intervene in a growing national practice and problem of ‘off-reservation gaming,’ or ‘reservation-...

7/21/2014

article Trust decision dissolves city’s opposition
(Arizona) -- As an item of interest on nearly every City of Glendale executive session agenda for the last three months, it appears the council-ordered negotiations with...

7/17/2014

article Glendale City Council votes to support indian casino plan
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council gives the green light to plans by a Southern Arizona Indian Tribe to build a Vegas-style casino in the west valley.
article Major Reversal: Glendale Declares Support for Gaming on Tohono O'odham Nation's WV Land
(Arizona) -- In a room brimming with union trades workers wearing bright orange shirts, the Glendale City Council reversed its long held opposition to the Tohono O'...
article Setting the record straight on the West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- Lost in this week’s headlines about the Glendale City Council’s 4-3 vote to no longer oppose the Tohono O’odham Nation’s...

7/16/2014

article City council votes not to object Tohono O’odham casino
(Arizona) -- After five years of arguing and fighting over a proposed Tohono O’odham casino resort at 91st and Northern Avenues, the Glendale City Council used a...
article Glendale City Council supports tribe's casino plan
(Arizona) -- In a major shift, a divided Glendale City Council voted Tuesday to support a southern Arizona tribe's proposed casino near the Westgate City Center.
article Glendale Council throws support to Indian casino
(Arizona) -- For years Glendale stood alone among West Valley cities in opposing the Tohono O’odham Nation’s plans to build a casino resort near the city.
article Glendale council, residents voice opinion on Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- 260 packed into the Glendale Council Chambers for a special meeting Tuesday afternoon as the council voted by a 4 to 3 margin to officially support the...
article Glendale passes resolution in support of Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- In a 4 to 3 vote, the Glendale Council now officially supports the Tohono O'odham Nation in their quest to build a resort casino on the land that was...
article Neighboring community changes position on tribal land
(Arizona) -- Peoria’s neighbor to the east took a step back Tuesday evening in its relationship with the Tohono O’odham Nation. At a special meeting,...

7/15/2014

article Glendale City Council supports tribe's casino plan
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council has approved a resolution to support the Tohono O'Odham Nation's proposal to build a casino near the city's sports and...
article Glendale council backs tribe's casino-resort plan
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council has voted to support a plan by the Tohono O'odham Nation Indian tribe to build a resort, including a casino, on vacant land...
article Glendale Drops Opposition To Tribal Casino
(Arizona) -- The Glendale city council has dropped its long-standing opposition to a proposed casino near the city. In a 4-3 vote this afternoon, council members...

7/13/2014

article City won't put Tohono O'odham Nation gaming plan on ballot
(Arizona) -- Opponents of the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino won't see the issue on the ballot in the city of Glendale, Arizona. A group called...

7/11/2014

article Referendum on H.R. Bill 1410 denied by city clerk
(Arizona) -- Respect the Promise, who pulled a referendum to overturn the city council’s vote no to oppose H.R. Bill 1410, was rejected by the city clerks office...

7/8/2014

article Council members push Glendale to ‘strike deal’ over casino
(Arizona) -- Supporters of a plan by the Tohono O’odham Nation to build a casino and hotel in the West Valley hope to bring the project back before the Glendale...
article Interior Dept. ruling 'requires' TO's land be taken into trust
(Arizona) -- Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior, issued his decision July 3 in favor of the Nation regarding its...
article Residents open to Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino
(Arizona) -- Local residents are welcoming the chance to gamble at an off-reservation casino owned by the Tohono O'odham Nation.

7/6/2014

article Rival tribes blast casino land ruling for Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- The Gila River Indian Community and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are vowing to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation from opening an off-...

7/4/2014

article Tohon O’odham Nation Allowed To Make Glendale Land Part Of Reservation
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation is one step closer to building a casino on the edge of Glendale. The United States Department of the Interior has concluded...
article Tohono O'odham win reservation status for Glendale land
(Arizona) -- Federal officials on Thursday gave the Tohono O’odham Nation final permission to make land it owns near Glendale part of the reservation, a crucial...

7/3/2014

article Blowhards: Rep. Franks for fighting Tohono O'odham casino bid
(Arizona) -- For its "America’s Worst Politicians" feature, The Missoula Independent singles out Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) for pushing H.R.1410, a...
article Decision leaves fight against Glendale casino facing uncertain future
(Arizona) -- Attorneys for the city of Glendale will review a decision by the U.S. Interior Department before deciding whether to challenge the ruling allowing an Indian...
article Feds: Tohono O'odhams Can Buy Glendale Parcel
(Arizona) -- The US Bureau of Indian Affairs has ruled that the Tohono O'odham tribe of southern Arizona can "take into trust" a parcel of land adjacent to...
article Ruling favors Tohono O'odham's bid for Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- Southern Arizona's Tohono O'odham tribe on Thursday moved a step closer to winning its contested bid to build a casino near Glendale's sports...
article Tohono O'odham Nation: DOI reaffirms tribe property lies within unincorporated Maricopa County
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation says the U.S. Department of the Interior has reaffirmed its decision that the tribe's property lies within unincorporated...
press release U.S. Department of the Interior Action Detrimental to Arizona and Arizona Tribes
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) are dismayed with the action by U.S. Department of the Interior, Assistant Secretary of...
article US Interior Dept. poised to let West Valley casino move forward
(Arizona) -- A controversial casino development in the West Valley is taking a big step forward. The U.S. Department of the Interior is notifying Arizona lawmakers and...
article West Valley land approved for tribal status, clearing path for casino near Glendale
(Arizona) -- Federal officials on Thursday gave the Tohono O’odham Nation final permission to make land it owns near Glendale part of the reservation, a crucial...

6/16/2014

article Glendale Applies for Nearly $800K in Grants from Long-Time Nemesis Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- A Glendale City Council decision to apply for nearly $800,000 from the Tohono O'odham Nation signals a major shift in the city's relationship with...

6/9/2014

article Glendale seeks $766K in grants from tribe that city has been fighting over proposed casino
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council is slated to vote Tuesday on putting in a $766,000 grant request to the Tohono O’Odham Nation for money for libraries, two...

4/25/2014

article Flake reports progress on immigration reform
(Arizona) -- Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake told a packed house in Peoria Wednesday that progress is being made on immigration reform, saying the nation must “deal...

4/16/2014

article The history of the proposed Tohono O'odham casino near Glendale
(Arizona) -- The battle over the vacant land across from Kellis High School in Glendale is a long and complicated one. Here's a step-by-step timeline to help you...

4/15/2014

article LEGAL BLOG: Glendale City (Arizona) Council Softens Stance on Tohono O’Odham Casino
(Arizona) -- After years of losses in court and an estimated $3 million in legal fees, the Glendale, Arizona City Council appeared to ease its opposition to the location...

4/14/2014

article Hirsch pulls referendum petitions to put Franks' casino bill on ballot
(Arizona) -- After the city council voted March 25 to oppose House Bill H.R. 1410, a local citizen pulled a referendum to gather signatures to put on the ballot for...

4/9/2014

article Proposed West Valley casino faces many hurdles
(Arizona) -- Softened relations between the Tohono O'odham Nation and Glendale may bring dreams of a casino closer to reality, but other obstacles remain. An appeals...

4/8/2014

article Contracts to fight Tohono O'odham Nation casino cost millions
(Arizona) -- The city of Glendale, Arizona, spent millions of dollars to fight the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino and most of the contracts were...
article Glendale's lax contract oversight lets millions slip past council
(Arizona) -- Glendale has spent millions on private contracts that didn't always go to public bid or to the City Council for public scrutiny. City leaders are...

4/4/2014

article West Valley sound off: Glendale's proposed casino
(Arizona) -- The Republic will regularly ask West Valley elected officials to share their thoughts on issues. This week's question: Do you support the development of...

3/29/2014

article Editorial: Posturing over casino may be over
(Arizona) -- We don’t want it. We don’t like it. We are opposed to it. We will fight it. Those were not exactly the words put forth by the city council in...

3/27/2014

article Glendale City Council opposes anti-casino bill
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council voted to oppose a bill moving through Congress that would block the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a casino near the...
article Glendale City Council votes to oppose House bill 1410
(Arizona) -- Nearly five years to the day that Glendale City Council went to court to try and stop a proposed casino within city limits, the council narrowly voted to...
article Glendale council officially opposes bill to block West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- The Glendale council has formally opposed a bill in Congress designed to block a casino from locating along the city’s border.

3/26/2014

press release Statement from Gila River Indian Community Gov. Gregory Mendoza On the March 25, 2014 Glendale City Council Vote
(Arizona) -- Despite four members of the Glendale City Council falling for the Tohono O'Odham's spin about the proposed Glendale casino and rushing through a...

3/25/2014

article COMMENTARY: Proceed with caution when chasing empty promises
(Arizona) -- In the aftermath of the Glendale City Council’s March 18th workshop, touted by the Tohono O’Odham Nation as a victory for their proposed...

3/20/2014

article Editorial: Glendale casino fight
(Arizona) -- The battle over a Tohono O’odham Nation plan to build a casino outside its traditional boundaries in the West Valley is likely to go on for a while....
article Glendale City Council Begins Formal Casino Negotiations With Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- A majority a Glendale City Council agreed on Tuesday to begin formal negotiations with the Tohono O'odham Nation over its proposed West Valley casino...
article Glendale opens casino talks with tribe
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council has told its staff to begin formal negotiations with the Tohono O’Odham Nation on a proposed casino near the city’s...

3/19/2014

article Council agrees to negotiate with Tohono O’odham Nation
(Arizona) -- After nearly five years of discussions, legal fights and arguments, Glendale City Council came to a 4-3 consensus to begin negotiations with the Tohono O...
article Glendale Begins Formal Talks with Tohono O'odham Over Casino
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council will begin negotiations with the Tohono O’odham Nation for the West Valley Resort and Casino.
article Glendale Council approves bill that favors of tribal casino
(Arizona) -- In a major reversal, the Glendale City Council voted Tuesday to oppose federal legislation designed to block a tribal casino on the city's west side.
article Glendale, tribe to talk about long-delayed West Valley Resort
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council March 18 took a major step towards bringing more jobs by directing city staff to begin formal negotiations with the Tohono O...
article Ariz. City Opposes US Bill To Block $600M Tribal Casino
(Arizona) -- The City Council of Glendale, Ariz., said Tuesday that it plans to oppose a federal bill that would block a controversial $600 million tribal casino,...

3/18/2014

article Glendale council drops fight against bill blocking casino
(Arizona) -- In a major reversal, the Glendale City Council voted Tuesday to oppose federal legislation designed to block a tribal casino on the city's west side.
article Glendale opens negotiations with tribe on casino plan
(Arizona) -- Glendale City Council told staff Tuesday to start formal negotiations with the Tohono O'Odham Nation on the West Valley Resort and Casino.
article Glendale, tribe will open talks on casino
(Arizona) -- Negotiations will begin between the Tohono O'odham Nation and Glendale — two parties long divided by a bitter silence, lawsuits and legislation.
article Bill opens up new front in Glendale casino dispute
(Arizona) -- More mayors in Arizona are pushing for Congress to approve a bill that would halt a planned casino in Glendale, to be built by the Tohono O'odham nation...
press release More Arizona Mayors Seek Congressional Action on 'Off-Reservation' Gaming
(Arizona) -- H.R. 1410, the Keep the Promise Act, which would resolve the 'off-reservation' gaming issue in Arizona and bring a sigh of relief to all cities and...

3/5/2014

article Feedback: Gila River Indian Community Governor Condemns Cover Illustration
(Arizona) -- As governor of the Gila River Indian Community, I write to register our strong condemnation of your publication’s insensitive cover of February 6,...

3/2/2014

article Tohono O'odham Nation casino opponent to retire from House
(Arizona) -- Rep. Ed Pastor (D-Arizona), an opponent of the Tohono O'odham Nation off-reservation casino, will retire from Congress after 23 years of service.

2/5/2014

article Proposed West Valley Casino Is Pitting Valley Indian Tribes Against One Another
(Arizona) -- Jiivik Siiki sits inside the Wild Horse Pass Resort just outside Chandler. His black hair parted into two long braids that rest on his back, he wears a...

1/16/2014

article Tohono O’odham Nation – five years later
(Arizona) -- It was January 2009 when the Tohono O’odham Nation’s public relations firm notified The Glendale Star of a press conference the Nation was...

12/16/2013

press release Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) Names Gaming Industry Expert as New Business Development Manager for Italy
(Italy) -- Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), the world's leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, has named gaming industry expert Simona...

12/6/2013

press release Arizona Leaders Concerned That Their City is Potential Target for Indian Reservation/Casino
(Arizona) -- City leaders express growing concern that building a casino on a Glendale, Ariz. county island sets precedent for the Tohono O'odham Nation—a...

11/27/2013

article Councilmembers explain letter to Dept. of Interior
(Arizona) -- Why did Councilmembers Ian Hugh, Gary Sherwood and Sam Chavira co-sign a letter addressed to Kevin Washburn, assistant secretary for Indian Affairs,...
article Residents take on Council in Glendale casino debate
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council chambers this week was a verbal battleground over the Tohono O’odham Nation’s proposed casino near the Westgate...

11/22/2013

article Tension mounts in Glendale over casino
(Arizona) -- The divide is deepening among Glendale officials concerning the casino proposed to be built just outside the city’s border.

11/21/2013

article EDITORIAL: Don’t be fooled by casino propaganda
(Arizona) -- In a recent letter mailed to residents of Glendale regarding the proposed West Valley Resort and Casino, Mayor Jerry Weiers highlights several of his...
article Glendale City Council sending mixed messages about casino
(Arizona) -- Three Glendale City Council members recently sent a letter to federal officials that denounces the city’s opposition to a proposed casino near its...

11/19/2013

article Tohono nation optimistic about casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation sees a glimmer of hope as tribal officials fight to have a casino built in the metropolitan Phoenix area.

11/18/2013

article State seeks delay in Tohono O'odham casino hearing
(Arizona) -- State officials are trying to delay a federal appellate court hearing on the question of whether the Tohono O'odham Nation can build a casino on the...
article U.S. Supreme Court case could stall West Valley casino appeal
(Arizona) -- Arizona officials want to delay their appeal to stop the Tohono O’odham Nation’s proposed West Valley casino until the United States Supreme...

10/26/2013

article Former Coyotes owner Ellman sought deal between tribe, Glendale
(Arizona) -- It was an idea that never went far, but former Coyotes owner Steve Ellman said he tried to put together a deal in which the Tohono O’odham Nation...

10/25/2013

article Mayors: House bill would help keep promise on casinos
(Arizona) -- As mayors of our respective cities, we have pledged to protect the best interests of our communities. We believe that the recent passage of H.R. 1410, the...

10/16/2013

article Glendale will open talks on proposed casino
(Arizona) -- A torn Glendale City Council has directed staff to open talks with the Tohono O’odham Nation, the southern Arizona tribe that’s been trying...

10/15/2013

article Glendale OKs talks with Tohono O'odham
(Arizona) -- The Glendale City Council on Tuesday directed city staff to communicate with the Tohono O'odham Nation and gather information as part of a fact-finding...

10/14/2013

article Glendale may open casino talks
(Arizona) -- A slate of West Valley residents and leaders recently lobbied the Glendale City Council to start talks with the Tohono O’odham Nation, which hopes to...

10/6/2013

article Peoria Council approves Tohono O'odham grants
(Arizona) -- The Peoria City Council approved two grants from the southern Arizona tribe that seeks to open a casino on the Glendale-Peoria border.

10/1/2013

article Peoria expected to approve Tohono O'odham grants
(Arizona) -- The Peoria City Council is expected to approve two grants from the southern Arizona tribe that seeks to open a casino on the Glendale-Peoria border.

9/26/2013

article Opinion: Without federal action, expect a casino on land near you
(Arizona) -- As mayors of our respective cities, we have pledged to protect the best interests of our communities. We believe that the recent passage of H.R. 1410, the...

9/21/2013

article Vote in Congress fails to quell casino talk
(Washington D.C.) -- Glendale Councilman Gary Sherwood still supports talking with the Tohono O’odham Nation about a West Valley casino despite this week’s...

9/19/2013

article Franks anti-casino bill passes through House
(Washington D.C.) -- Two years ago during a press conference held Sept. 16, 2011, Congressman Trent Franks, former Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, President of the Salt...
article House Votes To Block Arizona Tribal Casino, Despite Court Rulings [sub req'd]
(Washington D.C.) -- By voice vote on Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to block the construction of a controversial off-reservation casino near...

9/18/2013

press release U.S. House of Representatives Approves H.R. 1410 ; A Bipartisan Supermajority Support the “Keep The Promise Act” and Send a Resounding “No” on Tohono O’odham Glendale Casino
(Arizona) -- Today a supermajority of The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1410, The Keep the Promise Act, thus reaffirming the commitments made to Arizona...

9/17/2013

article Full U.S. House OKs measure which would block Tohono O’odham from gaming on land near Glendale
(Arizona) -- The U.S. House voted Tuesday to deny the Tohono O'odham Nation the right to build a casino on the land it bought near Glendale until 2027.
article House passes bill to block Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Tuesday passed a bill to stop the development of a tribal casino in Glendale, a move supporters said is needed to keep Arizona from...

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