Glendale opens negotiations with tribe on casino plan

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(Source: Tohono O'odham Nation) (Source: Tohono O'odham Nation)
(Source: Tohono O'odham Nation) (Source: Tohono O'odham Nation)

Glendale City Council told staff Tuesday to start formal negotiations with the Tohono O'Odham Nation on the West Valley Resort and Casino.

The talks are expected to open the door for a positive resolution of the disagreements between the two communities over the major economic development project, Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris, Jr. said.

The city council also announced its opposition to HR 1410, a federal bill drafted to stop the casino.

Informational talks began last October. The Nation has been seeking negotiations with Glendale since the project was announced in January 2009.

Opponents have argued a 2002 voter-backed compact barred more casinos from opening in metro Phoenix.

The Tohono O'odham Nation is a federally-recognized Indian tribe, with existing reservation lands in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties.

The West Valley Resort will be located at 95th and Northern avenues and is expected to generate more than 3,000 new, permanent jobs and more than $300 million in annual economic impact.

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