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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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8/16/2017

article Arizona Tribe Celebrates Legal Victory in Casino Battle with State by Cracking Open the Booze
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham tribe of Arizona was toasting victory this week as its Desert Diamond West Valley Casino began serving alcohol for the first time,...

8/13/2017

article You can now buy alcohol at Desert Diamond West Valley Casino
(Arizona) -- Desert Diamond West Valley Casino has obtained a long-sought liquor license, allowing it to serve beer, wine and liquor. The tribal casino near Glendale...

7/25/2017

article Phoenix area casino gets final Class III gaming approval
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Department of Interior gave final approval to changes in the Tohono O’odham Nation’s gaming compact with the state of Arizona last week...

7/24/2017

article Arizona Tribal Casino Gets Final Approval, Gambling Venue Within Close Proximity of NFL Stadium
(Arizona) -- A tribal casino in Glendale, Arizona, operated by the Tohono O’odham Nation, can move ahead with its $400 million expansion and transform the Class II...
article Change In Compact Clears Way For Table Games, Slots At Casino Near Glendale
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved a set of changes to the Arizona Gaming Compact. The update means the Tohono O’odham Nation can now...
article Phoenix area casino gets final Class III gaming approval
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Department of Interior gave final approval to changes in the Tohono O’odham Nation’s gaming compact with the state of Arizona last week...
article Tohono O’odham can proceed with plans for $400M resort
(Arizona) -- Federal officials have removed the last legal barrier to full-blown casino gambling on the edge of Glendale. The U.S. Department of Interior this past week...
article Tohono O’odham nation gets compact approval from DOI
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham tribe have received the green light from the US Department of the Interior to amend their tribal compact with the state of Arizona...

7/14/2017

article Construction expected to begin on Desert Diamond Casino $400 million expansion
(Arizona) -- Nearly a decade after purchasing land so they could build a casino resort on the border of Glendale, the Tohono O’odham Nation officially announced it...

7/12/2017

article Arizona tribe to build casino this year
(Arizona) -- Tohono O’odham Nation authorities revealed that the construction of the US$400 million gambling facility is set to begin in the last months of this...
article Construction expected to begin on Desert Diamond Casino $400 million expansion
(Arizona) -- Nearly a decade after purchasing land so they could build a casino resort on the border of Glendale, the Tohono O’odham Nation officially announced it...
article Tohono O’odham tribe announce $400m casino development
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Tribal Nation has today announced that construction of a $400m casino resort in Glendale, Arizona has now started, bringing to an...

7/8/2017

article Casino expected to begin $400 million expansion
(Arizona) -- Nearly a decade after purchasing land so they could build a casino resort on the borders of Glendale and Peoria, the Tohono O’odham Nation officially...

7/4/2017

article Glendale casino to expand now that fight with state ended
(Arizona) -- A Southern Arizona tribe that settled a lawsuit with the state last month allowing it to run full-fledged Indian gambling at its casino in the Phoenix...

7/3/2017

article Desert Diamond Casino ready for massive expansion
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise recently reached a settlement with the state of Arizona in regards to the Desert Diamond Casino and now the group...

5/25/2017

article Settlement reached, Las Vegas-style gaming allowed at Tohono casino
(Arizona) -- Tohono O’odham Nation and the state of Arizona jointly announced last week an agreement to settle their dispute regarding the Desert Diamond Casino...
article Tohono O’odham Nation’s casino journey ends
(Arizona) -- It’s been a long journey for the Tohono O’odham Nation. Eight years, to be exact, and court dates in the double digits. Not to mention, hundreds...

5/24/2017

article Casino battle over except the shouting
(Arizona) -- It was a joint effort; Tohono O’odham Nation and the State of Arizona issued a press release May 17, wherein they agreed to settle their dispute...

5/22/2017

article OP/ED: Did Arizona win in Glendale casino deal? It's up to Ducey
(Arizona) -- The deal that ended a lawsuit over a West Valley casino is being called a “win-win.” Clearly, the Tohono O’odham won their full-blown...

5/18/2017

article Dispute between Arizona and Tohono O'Odham nation now settled
(Arizona) -- A year-long dispute between the State of Arizona and the Tohono O'Odham nation is now over. The settlement means expanded gambling and alcohol sales...
article Poker Room Coming To Glendale Area In Arizona After State Makes Deal With Tribal Group
(Arizona) -- A Native American tribe can go forward with table games, including a poker room, at its $400 million Glendale-area casino that opened in late 2015.

5/17/2017

article Arizona Folds Hand in Desert Diamond Casino Settlement, Agrees to Tribe's Demands
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation settled its lawsuit with the state of Arizona this week in a deal that gives the tribe nearly everything it wanted in the...
article Arizona, tribe strike deal for blackjack, other table games at West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation and the state of Arizona are poised to end a long-standing legal battle over a West Valley casino mired in controversy. The...
article Arizona, tribe strike deal for blackjack, other table games at West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- After nearly a decade of back-and-forth belligerence, a jumble of lawsuits and millions of dollars in attorneys' fees and construction, the Tohono O...
article Blackjack, poker, Las Vegas slots coming to new casino in West Valley
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation and state of Arizona have settled their fight over the Native American tribe’s Desert Diamond Casino West Valley. The...
article Gambling a go in Glendale as tribe, state strike accord
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation will finally be able to conduct full-scale gaming at its new casino in Glendale. In an agreement announced this morning, the...
article Glendale Indian casino will offer full gambling, alcohol after settlement reached
(Arizona) -- The state of Arizona and a southern Arizona tribe said a lawsuit settlement will allow the tribe to operate full-fledged Indian gambling and sell alcohol at...
article State, tribe settle long-running feud over Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- State and tribal officials announced a settlement Wednesday of a long-running fight against the Tohono O’odham’s Desert Diamond Casino West...
article Tohono O'Odham Nation and State of Arizona settle casino litigation
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation and the State of Arizona jointly announced May 17 an agreement to settle their dispute regarding the Desert Diamond Casino...
article What you need to know about the West Valley casino settlement
(Arizona) -- What is the Desert Diamond West Valley casino? It's a temporary, 40,000-square-foot casino that opened in late 2015 by the Tohono O'odham Nation...

1/24/2017

article Ariz. Gaming Head Fights Reconsideration Bid In Casino Row [sub req]
(Arizona) -- The head of Arizona's gambling department told a federal court Friday that it should not reconsider an order denying the Tohono O'odham Nation...

1/13/2017

article LETTER: Why does state keep fighting WV casino?
(Arizona) -- I have been reading and listening to all the news regarding the Westside casino (Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley) and the opposition to it from our...

1/2/2017

article Eight Arizona mayors voice support for restricting Phoenix area casinos
(Arizona) -- The mayors of eight Arizona cities have sent an open letter in support of a proposal from the state’s governor that would initiate a new arrangement...

12/31/2016

article Arizona governor receives mayoral support for new casino plan
(Arizona) -- In Arizona, the mayors of eight cities have penned an open letter in support of a proposal from the state’s governor that would craft a new deal with...

12/23/2016

article Casino issue heads to bench trial in 2017
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation felt confident going into Federal District Court Judge David Campbell’s courtroom Dec. 14 in its lawsuit against Gov....
article Tohono O'odham Nation heads to trial in casino feud with state
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has ordered a trial to determine whether the Tohono O'odham Nation can offer Class III games at its new casino in Arizona. The tribe...

12/22/2016

article EDITORIAL: Unfavorable ruling bound to happen
(Arizona) -- All things in life have up and down sides. For the Tohono O’odham Nation, things have been going pretty well the past few years. The Ninth Circuit has...
article Judge orders trial in Tohono O’odham Nation casino feud with state
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation will further its pursuit of Class III gaming at its Glendale casino after U.S. District Judge David Campbell on Monday...

12/21/2016

article Tohono O’odham casino lawsuit remains unsettled
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation felt confident going into Federal District Court Judge David Campbell’s courtroom Dec. 14 in its lawsuit against Gov....

12/20/2016

article Tribal gaming ruling still undecided for Tohono O'odham
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation won’t be able to start full-scale gaming at its Glendale casino just yet — if ever. U.S. District Court Judge...
article Tribe Denied Early Win In Casino Fight With Ariz. Gaming Head [sub req]
(Arizona) -- A federal judge denied the Tohono O'odham Nation’s bid for a quick win in its suit against the head of Arizona's gambling department over its...

12/19/2016

article Judge says lawsuit over Glendale casino to head to trial
(Arizona) -- A federal judge says a lawsuit pitting a southern Arizona tribe against the state over the tribe's Glendale casino will require a full trial to decide....

12/16/2016

article US District Judge willing to hear arguments from Tohono O’odham Nation over Glendale casino compact
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation wants to run full-fledged gaming operations at its Glendale casino but Arizona Gaming Director Daniel Bergin is not willing...

12/14/2016

article Full-scale gambling for Glendale casino stalls with no ruling from judge
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation won't be able to start full-scale gaming at its Glendale casino just yet -- if ever. U.S. District Court Judge David...

12/8/2016

article Montini: Tribe calls Ducey’s bluff on new casino pact
(Arizona) -- Not too long ago Gov. Doug Ducey made real news with a fake announcement. It had to do with an agreement the governor signed with a group of Arizona Indian...

12/7/2016

article Tribe Says Ariz. Official Can't Show Fraud In Casino Row [sub req]
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation has urged a federal judge to grant it a win in its suit against the head of Arizona's gambling department over the tribe...

12/6/2016

article Tohono O’odham Nation says no to Governor Ducey’s tribal gaming compact
(Arizona) -- Attorneys and officials of the Tohono O’odham Nation are throwing cold water on the deal proposed by Gov. Doug Ducey over the future of a Glendale...

12/2/2016

article Tohono O'odham Nation Against Proposal By Gov. Ducey Over Future Of Glendale Casino
(Arizona) -- Attorneys and officials of the Tohono O'odham Nation appear to be against a proposal by Gov. Doug Ducey over the future of its Glendale casino. The...
article Tohono O’odham Nation and Arizona State still fighting over Class III gaming issue
(Arizona) -- A gaming dispute between the state of Arizona and the Tohono O’odham Nation continues with court filings from both sides on Wednesday. A hearing took...

11/30/2016

article Council approves donations from Tohono O’Odham for Kellis High School
(Arizona) -- As the Tohono O’Odham Nation waits for word on a ruling about their Class III gaming license for the Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley,...
article Our View: Casino deal seems like a win-win, but will Tohono O'odham accept it?
(Arizona) -- Gov. Doug Ducey’s deal to resolve the dispute over the Tohono O’odham casino near Glendale looks like a smart proposal. One that could bring...

11/28/2016

article Arizona Governor Proposes Deal with Tohono O’odham
(Arizona) -- After years of feuding between Arizona, competing Phoenix-area gaming tribes, and the Tohono O’odham tribe over its Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale...

11/22/2016

article Tohono O'odham Nation poised for win in long-running casino feud
(Arizona) -- It looks like the long-running dispute over the Tohono O'odham Nation and its new casino is finally coming to an end. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on...

11/21/2016

article Arizona officials to allow full gaming at Desert Diamond Casino
(Arizona) -- State officials agreed today to allow full-scale gaming at the Tohono O'odham casino in Glendale in exchange for a promise the tribe won't seek...
article Deal would end fight over Glendale tribal casino
(Arizona) -- Gov. Doug Ducey will announce Monday that a revised gaming compact with Arizona's Native American tribes will allow the Tohono O'odham tribe to...
article Ducey offers to OK Glendale tribal casino
(Arizona) -- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is offering to allow a southern Arizona tribe to operate full-fledged Indian gambling at its casino in the Phoenix suburb of...
article Proposed Tribal Gaming Compact Amendments Could End Feud Over Valley Casino Project
(Arizona) -- A long-standing feud over whether the Desert Diamond Casino in the West Valley can offer Las Vegas-style gambling may soon be settled. Gov. Doug Ducey and...
article State OKs full-scale gaming at Tohono O'odham's Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- State officials agreed today to allow full-scale gaming at the Tohono O'odham casino in Glendale in exchange for a promise the tribe won't seek...

11/14/2016

article Ariz. Gaming Head Fights Tribe's Gambit In Casino Suit [sub req]
(Arizona) -- The head of Arizona's gambling department urged a federal judge on Tuesday to reject the Tohono O'odham Nation's bid to prevail in a suit over...

10/8/2016

article Arizona defends decision to destroy notes in Tohono O’Odham Nation case.
(Arizona) -- The state of Arizona has defended its decision to destroy documents relating to its long-running battle with the Tohono O’Odham Nation over whether...

10/6/2016

article State gaming director denies Tohono O'odham contentions
(Arizona) -- State Gaming Director Daniel Bergin said his state-assigned attorney did nothing wrong or illegal in destroying notes of his May 2015 meeting with officials...

10/4/2016

article Attorney wasn’t wrong in destroying notes, gaming director says
(Arizona) -- State Gaming Director Daniel Bergin said his state-assigned attorney did nothing wrong or illegal in destroying notes of his May 2015 meeting with officials...

9/23/2016

article Arizona facing fight from Tohono O’odham Nation over destroyed documents
(Arizona) -- A long-running casino battle between the state of Arizona and the Tohono O’odham Nation continues as the tribe is now seeking sanctions against the...

9/21/2016

article Tohono O’odham Nation seeks sanctions against state
(Arizona) -- It may appear to be a 213-plus-page court document filled with mumbo jumbo and linen-handkerchief words. But a filing in federal court this past week may...

9/15/2016

article Arizona state’s attorney deliberately destroys records of meetings with rival tribes
(Arizona) -- Arizona Assistant State Attorney General Roger Banan has testified under oath that he deliberately destroyed notes resulting from meetings related to the...
article Montini: State’s sleazy secret war against one tribe’s casino
(Arizona) -- If this was the old days Gov. Doug Ducey would have sent a telegram to Sen. McCain in Washington, D.C., and asked him to get the government to send in the...

9/14/2016

article Assistant attorney general destroys meetings notes with tribes who are against West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- An assistant attorney general has admitted he deliberately destroyed notes of meetings with representatives of tribes trying to undermine the Tohono O'...

8/18/2016

article EDITORIAL: Stop state charade, let the games begin
(Arizona) -- What happens when a lawyer who is working on your case and gives privileged information about such to another attorney representing his client, who just...

8/17/2016

article Judge finds gaming director, GRIC relationship ‘troubling’
(Arizona) -- Since February 2009, the Tohono O’odham Nation has been involved in a battle over its right to operate a Class III casino on land it owns at 95th and...

8/11/2016

article Judge troubled by gaming chief's link to tribe fighting O'odham casino
(Arizona) -- A federal judge is questioning some actions by the state’s gaming director in his bid to block the Tohono O’odham Nation from operating a full-...
article Judge ‘troubled’ by state’s relationship with tribes in Glendale casino case
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has ordered the Arizona Department Of Gaming to turn over internal documents after earlier ruling that a state official had worked with a...

8/10/2016

article Arizona Gaming Director Questioned Over Bid To Block Glendale Casino
(Arizona) -- The state gaming director is facing some questions from a U.S. district court judge over his bid to block full scale casino gambling near Glendale. The...

8/9/2016

article Judge questions Arizona gaming director’s action in Glendale casino case
(Arizona) -- A federal judge is questioning some actions by the state’s gaming director in his bid to block full-scale casino gambling near Glendale. In a written...

7/27/2016

article Tribal leaders appeal to politicians
(Philadelphia) -- Edward Manuel ticks off the issues — water shortages, federal approval of mining projects, allocation of scarce resources — all decisions...

7/23/2016

article Arizona Department of Gaming admits to sharing Tohono O’odham Nation documents
(Arizona) -- The state is owning up to sharing documents that they shouldn’t had after admitting minutes of the Tohono O’odham Nation were provided to a...

7/21/2016

article Documents from Tohono O’odham lawsuit vs. state find way from one attorney to another, then to PR firm, then to reporter
(Arizona) -- Minutes from the San Lucy Council District of the Tohono O’odham Nation were made public in an interesting fashion last week. A freelance reporter,...

7/19/2016

article Arizona state attorney: Tohono O'odham Tribe committed fraud
(Arizona) -- Officials of the Tohono O'odham Nation were discussing possible sites for a casino in Maricopa County even as tribes were telling voters in 2002 there...

7/14/2016

article Dirty dealing in Arizona; State releases documents to rival tribe
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation’s hopes of turning their Class II Desert Diamond Casino Resort in the West Valley in Glendale, Arizona into a full-...
article Documents reveal Tohono Nation officials sought land before tribal gaming vote
(Arizona) -- Officials of the Tohono O'odham Nation were discussing possible sites for a casino in Maricopa County even as tribes were telling voters in 2002 there...
article LETTER: The casino cartel
(Arizona) -- Glendale residents tend to support or oppose the (Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley) casino, based on various ideas about “the sin of gambling”...

7/12/2016

article Documents indicate tribe misled voters on casino sites
(Arizona) -- Officials of the Tohono O’odham Nation were discussing possible sites for a casino in Maricopa County even as tribes were telling voters in 2002 there...

7/8/2016

article West Valley casino delivers first check
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation and the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) presented the City of Glendale with a check for $1,193,989.07 June 28 in a...

7/7/2016

article Tohono O’odham delivers first check
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation and the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) presented the City of Glendale with a check for $1,193,989.07 June 28...

7/1/2016

article Tohono O’odham Nation has another hurdle to clear
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation was in familiar territory last week – United States District Judge David Campbell’s courtroom in downtown...

6/30/2016

article Drama continues for West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- In what appears to be the never-ending saga of the West Valley casino, otherwise known as Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley, once again, the courts are...
article Editorial: Arizona tribe making good on its promises
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’Odham Nation of Arizona has made a $1.2 million payment to the city of Glendale as part of an agreement it signed two years ago before...

6/28/2016

article Glendale Receives First $1.5M Payment From Tohono O'odham Casino Settlement
(Arizona) -- While the state continues to battle the Tohono O’odham nation over the legality of a Phoenix-area casino, the city of Glendale will receive their...

6/23/2016

article Tribal Legislators' Docs Mostly Unprotected In Casino Row [sub req]
(Arizona) -- An Arizona federal judge said Tuesday that the Tohono O'odham Nation must disclose documents and allow its witnesses to answer questions connected with...

6/22/2016

article Judge orders tribe to produce records on Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has ordered a southern Arizona tribe to produce records showing what the tribal council and one of its district councils discussed in 2002...

6/21/2016

article Ducey wants to block O'odham efforts to query staffers
(Arizona) -- Gov. Doug Ducey wants a federal judge to block — or at least narrow — efforts by lawyers for the Tohono O’odham Nation to question his...

6/18/2016

article Tribal casino court battle going strong
(Arizona) -- Gov. Doug Ducey wants a federal judge to block — or at least narrow — efforts by lawyers for the Tohono O’odham Nation to question his...

6/7/2016

article Arizona gaming director wants notes from Tohono O'odham closed door tribal meeting
(Arizona) -- The state's gaming director wants a court order allowing him to look into the decision by the Tohono O'odham Nation to buy land for a casino near...
article Steller: Against odds, state keeps fighting O'odham casino
(Arizona) -- You are forgiven if you think you’ve heard this before: The Tohono O’odham Nation has won another court ruling in its effort to establish a full...

6/4/2016

article Arizona gaming director wants tribe's private documents on casino
(Arizona) -- The state’s gaming director wants a court order allowing him to pry into the decision by the Tohono O’odham Nation to buy land for a casino near...
article Legal battle emerges over tribe's pursuit of land near Glendale for casino
(Arizona) -- Arizona's gaming director wants a court order allowing him to pry into the decision by the Tohono O'odham Nation to buy land for a casino near...

5/29/2016

article 9th Circuit won't rehear Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case
(Arizona) -- Another Indian gaming case could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In March, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Tohono O'odham Nation...

5/24/2016

article 9th Circuit won't rehear Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case
(Arizona) -- Another Indian gaming case could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In March, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Tohono O'odham Nation...

5/22/2016

article Court rejects opponents’ appeal in favor of Tohono O’odham Nation casino
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected opponents’ request for the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its decision in favor of the Tohono O...

5/21/2016

article Court rejects opponents’ appeal in favor of Tohono O’odham Nation casino
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected opponents’ request for the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its decision in favor of the Tohono O...

5/20/2016

article Federal appeals court lets stand ruling favoring tribe’s right to operate W.V. casino
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court has upheld its previous decision allowing a southern Arizona tribe to maintain its casino operation in the WestValley just outside...
article Federal Court Won't Reconsider Decision To Allow Gaming At West Valley Casino
(Arizona) -- A federal court says they won’t be reconsidering a recent decision to allow the Tohono O’odham Nation to run a gaming operation on its land near...

5/18/2016

article Two East Valley tribes resign from Arizona Indian Gaming Association
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Indian Gaming Association lost two members May 6, when the Gila River Indian Community and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community resigned...

5/15/2016

article Tohono O'odham Nation still fighting anti-casino bill on Capitol Hill
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation opened a new casino to large crowds in December but opponents on Capitol Hill are still trying to shut it down. Rep. Trent...

5/11/2016

article Lobbying field day on Indian gaming bill continues
(Washington D.C.) -- The heavily lobbied Arizona Indian gaming bill, which failed last fall, might make yet another comeback. According to a PI tipster, the measure is...

5/9/2016

article Two Tribes Leave Arizona Gaming Group Over Casino Row [ sub req]
(Arizona) -- Two Arizona Native American tribes have withdrawn from a local tribal gaming association over the organization’s alleged failure to pick a side in a...

5/7/2016

article Two Arizona tribes leave Indian gaming organization over West Valley casino dispute
(Arizona) -- Two Arizona tribes have left the state’s only organization that mediates and solves issues regarding Indian gaming on Friday, according to the Phoenix...
article Two of state’s largest tribes announce exit from Arizona Indian Gaming Association
(Arizona) -- On Friday, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) two of the largest tribes in Arizona, announced that...

5/6/2016

article Two of state's largest tribes leave Arizona Indian Gaming Association
(Arizona) -- Two of Arizona's largest tribes have resigned from the organization responsible for helping all of the tribes work together on Indian gaming issues over...
article Two of Valley's largest gaming tribes resign from Arizona Indian Gaming Association
(Arizona) -- Two of the Valley's largest gaming tribes in the Valley have decided to resign from the state's gaming association. The Gila River Indian Community...

4/26/2016

article Tohono O’odham Nation continues battle on Capitol Hill for Arizona casino
(Arizona) -- It took a great deal of effort for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino and Resort to open in December of 2015, after the Tohono O’odham Nation faced...

4/25/2016

article Arizona Tribes Spend Big for Washington Lobbying
(Arizona) -- Two Arizona Indian tribes that are at odds over a Glendale casino opened by one of them have signed big lobbying contracts with Washington, D.C., firms, the...

4/7/2016

article Tribal leader calls court decision a ‘victory’
(Arizona) -- In a decision March 30, Federal District Court Judge David Campbell said the State of Arizona could use its argument from an earlier ruling in Campbell...

4/6/2016

article Ninth Circuit rules in tribe’s favor on Class III casino
(Arizona) -- Although the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled March 29 in favor of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s plan to build a casino and conduct Class III...

4/5/2016

article Court rejects latest challenge to Tohono O'odham's Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the latest in a long line of challenges to the Tohono O'odham casino that opened in Glendale in December. A...

4/3/2016

article U.S. Court gives Tohono O’odham casino project green light
(Arizona) -- On March 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld that the Tohono O’odham Nation can operate a casino near Glendale, Arizona....

4/1/2016

article Arizona Tribe Can Move Forward with Glendale Casino Expansion Following US Appeals Court Decision
(Arizona) -- An Arizona tribe received the blessing of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals this week to expand its Glendale casino to include Class III gaming and...
article New federal ruling deals setback to West Valley casino's plan to widen gaming options
(Arizona) -- A new federal court ruling means there will not be full-blown gambling at a new casino near Glendale for months -- if not longer.

3/31/2016

article Court Rejects Latest Challenge to Tohono O’odham’s Glendale Casino
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the latest in a long line of challenges to the Tohono O’odham casino that opened in Glendale in December.
article A.J. Foyt brings IndyCar racing roaring back to Phoenix
(Arizona) -- IndyCar racing came roaring back to Arizona when A.J. Foyt was honored in Phoenix today. Executives from both IndyCar and Phoenix International Raceway (PIR...

3/30/2016

article Court: Tribe can have Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court Tuesday morning slapped down yet another bid by state officials and other tribes to block the Tohono O’odham Nation from...
article Ninth Circuit rules in tribe’s favor on Class III casino
(Arizona) -- In a ruling handed down March 29, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Federal District Court’s judgment, and held that the Tohono O’...
article U.S. Court gives Tohono O’odham casino project green light
(Arizona) -- On March 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld that the Tohono O’odham Nation can operate a casino near Glendale, Arizona....

3/29/2016

article 9th Circuit court rules in Tohono O'odham Nation's favor on West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected efforts by a rival tribe to halt the Tohono O'odham Nation's operations of its West Valley...
article Court rejects bid to block new Tohono O'odham casino
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court this morning slapped down yet another bid by state officials and other tribes to block the Tohono O'odham Nation from conducting...
article Court rejects latest challenge to Tohono O’odham’s Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the latest in a long line of challenges to the Tohono O’odham casino that opened in Glendale in December. A...
article Federal court again rejects attempt to block Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- 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...
article Ninth Circuit rules in tribe’s favor on Class III casino
(Arizona) -- In a ruling handed down March 29, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Federal District Court’s judgment, and held that the Tohono O’...
article Sun Citians hail latest win by casino in bid to open more gambling
(Arizona) -- If Norb and Frannie Perz’s reaction to a federal appeals court ruling in support of wider gaming options for the West Valley’s new Desert...
article Tohono O'odham win in Ninth Circuit on casino
(Arizona) -- If this was a fair fight it would have been stopped several round ago. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the tribe’s Desert...
article Tribe vs tribes: Arizona tribe bests rivals, state again in casino fight
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation keeps on winning court cases related to its new Glendale casino. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with the O...
article Tribe's Arizona Casino Plan Upheld by 9th Circ.
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation's plan to build a casino in Glendale did not violate a gaming compact between the nation and Arizona, the Ninth Circuit...
article US court rules Arizona tribe can have casino in Glendale
(Arizona) -- A new court ruling says a southern Arizona tribe's gambling compact with the state allows the tribe to have a casino in Glendale. The 9th U.S. Circuit...

3/27/2016

article Montini: Ducey's denounce, deny and delay war on tribe
(Arizona) -- When Gov. Doug Ducey took office he promised in his first State of the State address to cut government red tape and regulatory delays so that every...

3/26/2016

article Desert Diamond West Valley named Phoenix race title sponsor
(Arizona) -- Desert Diamond West Valley, a new gaming casino in suburban Phoenix, has been named title sponsor of the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series race at Phoenix...

2/17/2016

article Councilmember Chavira spotlights Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley on ‘Glendale Today’
(Arizona) -- Glendale Councilmember Sam Chavira of the Yucca district takes viewers inside the West Valley’s new Desert Diamond Casino in his latest edition of the...

2/5/2016

article Sen. McCain blames Sen. Tester for blocking legalization to stop the opening of Arizona tribe’s casino
(Arizona) -- After a long battle in December, the Tohono O’odham Nation, a southern Arizona tribe, opened the doors of the Desert Diamond Casino – West...

2/4/2016

article Sen. McCain still bothered by failure to block Arizona tribe's casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona overcame significant political and legal opposition when it opened a new casino in December and one lawmaker is...

2/1/2016

article Contract extended for Tohono O'odham gaming CEO
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise Board announced it will retain CEO Andy Asselin for another two years. Since joining the enterprise in early 2013...

1/30/2016

article Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise Extends CEO Andy Asselin's Contract
(Arizona) -- It's another two years on the books for Andy Asselin, current CEO of the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) Board. He joined the TOGE in...

1/28/2016

article Understanding the holdup on casino liquor license
(Arizona) -- To understand what is holding up the liquor license application of Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley, one has to look at the entire liquor license procedure.

1/27/2016

article Tohono O’odhams extend Andy Asselin’s CEO contract; Cite Desert Diamond West Valley Casino success
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) Board announced today that CEO, Andy Asselin will be retained for another two years. Mr. Asselin joined...

1/26/2016

article ROFF: Congress must decide Indian casino controversy
(Washington D.C.) -- When Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988 it was with the intention that a framework for the green-lighting of Indian casinos on...

1/1/2016

article Tohono O'odham Nation welcomes large crowd to new casino
(Arizona) -- The lines stretched out the door as the Tohono O'odham Nation opened Arizona's newest casino on Sunday. Some people waited overnight at the $200...

12/31/2015

article Casino waits for state to issue liquor license
(Arizona) -- One question over the weekend by slot players at Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley was, “Why is there no liquor being served?” The answer is...

12/30/2015

article Casino’s liquor license on hold
(Arizona) -- One question over the weekend by slot players at Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley was, “Why is there no liquor being served?” The answer is...

12/23/2015

article Casino opens to overflow crowd
(Arizona) -- After almost seven years since it was announced by the Tohono O’odham Nation, Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley opened its doors to the public at 95th...

12/22/2015

article Desert Diamond Casino: Will robust opening point to longer-term success?
(Arizona) -- Representatives of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the owners and operators of the West Valley’s first casino say it is too early to announce their...
article Tribal casino opens with no table games or slots
(Arizona) -- A southern Arizona tribe opened the doors of a long-planned casino on Sunday, but the sprawling Phoenix-area property will be missing a key component...

12/21/2015

article Desert Diamond Casino near Glendale opens to fanfare
(Arizona) -- The odds that West Valley gamblers will play closer to home are higher after thousands of visitors converged Sunday at the unveiling of the Tohono O'...
article Thousands throng to Glendale casino opening
(Arizona) -- The long struggle against seemingly impossible odds has ended with Sunday’s opening of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Desert Diamond Casino...

12/20/2015

article Glendale-area tribal casino planning to open without license
(Arizona) -- A southern Arizona tribe will open the doors of a long-planned casino on Sunday at 1 p.m., but the sprawling Phoenix-area property will be missing a key...
article New Desert Diamond Casino opens Sunday
(Arizona) -- After a year of construction, the controversial Desert Diamond Resort and Casino is set to open. Reporter Marcy Jones got a sneak peak inside.
article Open for business: New West Valley casino bordering Glendale draws thousands
(Arizona) -- Desert Diamond Casino employees and officials were lined up on the inside welcoming gamblers as they excitedly made their way into the facility for the...
article Tohono O’odham Casino Near Glendale Opens Amid Ongoing Litigation
(Arizona) -- Hundreds of people lined the sidewalk for the opening of the Desert Diamond West Valley casino near Glendale Sunday. Workers and members of the Tohono O...

12/19/2015

article Desert Diamond Casino’s doors opening with wide options for slot players
(Arizona) -- Take a walk inside the brand-new Desert Diamond West Valley Casino, and one thing becomes apparent: The slot machines are the star attraction.
article New Desert Diamond Casino set to open Sunday
(Arizona) -- A new casino is set to open its doors Sunday in the west Valley. The controversial Desert Diamond Casino West Valley is located at 91st Avenue and Northern...
article Tohono O'odham's controversial casino opens Sunday in Glendale
(Arizona) -- Gamblers will have a new venue to test their luck starting Sunday, Dec. 20, when the Tohono O’odham Nation opens a casino in the Phoenix area’s...

12/18/2015

article After a long battle the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley near Glendale will open Sunday
(Arizona) -- In just two short days gamblers will be able to test their luck when the southern Arizona tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation, opens the first phase of the...
article Montini: Politicians still waging war on tribe's casino
(Arizona) -- The politicians who claim to represent you are completely ignoring you when it comes to the casino opening Sunday in Glendale, only a mile or so north of...
article West Valley Casino To Open Sunday, Despite Pending Lawsuits
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation’s West Valley casino opens on Sunday - it has been, and continues to be at the center of controversy. When the...
article West Valley residents look forward to Desert Diamond Casino and shorter drive
(Arizona) -- It’s here, and Sun Citians are planning to have some fun in a casino without having to drive 50 miles or more to get to one. “I’ve been...

12/17/2015

article Desert Diamond Casino West Valley near Glendale to open Sunday after long battle
(Arizona) -- Gamblers will have a new venue to test their luck starting Dec. 20, when a southern Arizona tribe opens a casino in the West Valley. The Tohono O'odham...
article Desert Diamond Casino West Valley: Will you go?
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation plans to open its West Valley casino on Dec. 2 with Class 2 gaming, a distinction that bypasses the state's opposition to...
article Tohono O'odham Nation To Open Long-Disputed Casino Near Glendale
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham nation will open a long-disputed casino near Glendale Sunday. Earlier this week, workers were putting the finishing touches inside...

12/16/2015

article See inside the new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley
(Arizona) -- The newest casino in Arizona opens Dec. 20, with 1,089 gaming machines. The Tohono O'odham Nation purchased the land for its Desert Diamond Casino West...
article West Valley casino opens Sunday
(Arizona) -- Take a good look. This is what visitors to the Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley will see Sunday when the controversial gaming facility opens for the first...

12/15/2015

article Inside look at Desert Diamond West Valley Casino; opens Sunday amid legal battle
(Arizona) -- The finishing touches are almost complete for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino, owned and operated by the Tohono O'odham Tribal Nation near Loop...
article WV casino will open for first time to public 1 p.m. Sunday
(Arizona) -- The news gamblers in the West Valley have waited months for is here: The Desert Diamond Casino will open Sunday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. Representatives of the...

12/14/2015

article Poll shows widespread support for West Valley Casino; Opening planned for Dec. 20
(Arizona) -- Construction of a new casino in the west valley is in the final stages, and for the most part Arizona voters are supportive of it. The national polling firm...

12/8/2015

article U.S. House hands tribe another casino victory
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives last month voted down an attempt to avoid debate and rush through legislation designed to halt construction and...

11/24/2015

article House fails to block Tohono O'odham casino resort in Glendale
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Nov. 16 failed to muster the two-thirds vote needed to pass a bill that would have blocked a Tohono O'odham casino in Glendale, just...

11/20/2015

article Tohono O'odham Nation eyes more development at new casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is moving full steam ahead for the December 20 opening of its controversial new casino. The tribe is putting 500...

11/19/2015

article Three Indian tribes' casino battle heads to Capitol Hill
(Arizona) -- Three Arizona Native American tribes are continuing their battle over a casino development west of Phoenix. The last venue is Capitol Hill. The Tohono O...

11/18/2015

article Editorial: It’s time for the feds to keep their promise
(Arizona) -- In yet another attempt to stop the construction and operation of a West Valley casino on the borders of Glendale and Peoria, Congressman Trent Franks...
article West Valley casino clears another hurdle
(Arizona) -- It was about 4:50 p.m. Arizona time Nov. 16, when the U.S. House of Representatives failed to meet the two-thirds threshold for suspension of rules and...

11/17/2015

article House Bill To Block Casino Near Glendale Fails — May Not Be Dead Yet
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that would block the opening of a casino near Glendale failed in Congress Monday. The U.S. House of Representatives version of the so-called...
article US House fails to pass controversial bill to block Phoenix area casino
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday efforts to pass a contentious and heavily lobbied bill fell short when the house failed to put through HR 308, a measure that would...
article Roberts: Credit Tohono O'odham for putting one over on Arizona voters
(Arizona) -- From the handwriting on the wall department: a southern Arizona tribe has once again prevailed in the ongoing pitched battle to open a northwest Valley...

11/16/2015

article Bill to block controversial Arizona casino fails in House
(Washington D.C.) -- The House failed to pass a contentious and heavily lobbied bill Monday that would block construction of a controversial casino in a Phoenix suburb....
article Bill to block O'odham casino fails in House
(Washington D.C.) -- In a stunning setback for the state and other tribes, the U.S. House failed late Monday to pass legislation that would have blocked the Tohono O...
article Bill to block tribe's Glendale casino fails US House vote
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that would block a casino project nearing completion in the western Phoenix suburbs has failed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The...
article Measure blocking W.V. casino falls short of needed House majority
(Washington D.C.) -- Proponents of a new West Valley casino have won a key victory in Congress, where a resolution that would have halted the project failed to gain the...
article U.S. House measure to halt casino near Glendale fails
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House on Monday evening rejected quick passage of a bill intended to block the Tohono O'odham Nation from opening a controversial...
article Montini: Arizona politicians wage war on Tohono O'odham
(Arizona) -- Monday in Congress some members of the Arizona delegation are waging war against the Tohono O’odham Nation. And they’re doing so in the...
article HART: Tohono O’odham broke the trust of tribes, voters, and the state of Arizona
(Arizona) -- In 2002, 17 tribal governments and the State of Arizona painstakingly negotiated a landmark compact to govern gaming in the State for the next quarter...

11/14/2015

article My Turn: Scare tactics should not stop casino
(Arizona) -- In response to Mr. Chuck Schmidt's My Turn column “Schools and gaming don’t mix,” (Nov. 13, 2015), I have been an educator in Glendale...
article Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley future on the line
(Arizona) -- Scott Harphant works on the communication and all the cabling that supports the computers and cameras at the Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley....
article Measure that would block West Valley casino back before Congress Monday
(Washington D.C.) -- A measure that would block a southern Arizona Indian tribe from operating a casino on its land next to Glendale is being revived in Congress next...

11/13/2015

article Tribal gaming bill returns
(Washington D.C.) -- IT'S BAAACK: The much-lobbied bill that would block a Phoenix-area tribal casino will be back on the suspension calendar for next week.
article Campaign cash beats out a return to regular order
(Washington D.C.) -- The House suspension calendar is intended for uncontroversial matters, not requiring lengthy consideration or more money from taxpayers.
article MANUEL: Great nations should keep their word
(Arizona) -- A generation ago, the United States destroyed nearly 10,000 acres of the Tohono O'odham Nation’s reservation land in Maricopa County near Phoenix.
article Schools and gaming don't mix — My Turn
(Arizona) -- Games like football, soccer and chess are hallmarks of the high school experience. Unfortunately, at Kellis High School in Glendale, the talk on campus is...

11/12/2015

article Tohono O’odham wins decision in Ninth Circuit
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation won its latest courtroom battle Nov. 5, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of the Nation...

11/11/2015

article Court sides with Tohono O’odham – again – in fight over Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling that prevented the city of Glendale from annexing land in an effort to block a planned...

11/10/2015

article Tohono O’odham Nation prevails in another court battle over casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation won its latest courtroom battle Nov. 5, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of the Nation...
article Malnar defeats Sherwood in recall
(Arizona) -- Three years into his first term as a city councilmember, voters spoke loudly and clearly as Sahuaro district’s Gary Sherwood was voted out of office...

11/9/2015

article Tribe moves closer to casino opening with court ruling
(Arizona) -- A federal appellate court has slapped down another in what have been a series of efforts by the state and other Indian tribes to block the Tohono O’...

11/6/2015

article Appeals court ruling again favors Glendale casino backers
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court panel says an Arizona law designed to block a southern Arizona tribe's plans to build a casino in Glendale is unconstitutional....
article Arizona Tribal Land Protected by Federal Law
(Arizona) -- An Arizona law that could block a Native American tribe's trust application for replacement reservation land is preempted by federal law, the Ninth...
article Court rejects latest bid to block O'odham casino
(Arizona) -- A federal appellate court has slapped down another in what have been a series of efforts by the state and other Indian tribes to block the Tohono O’...

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