The West Valley Resort isn’t just about business. It’s about strengthening a community. The Tohono O’odham Nation and its gaming enterprise takes pride in the community partnerships that are created through good neighbor relations. We don’t just exist in a neighborhood; we participate.
Take a look at our record and you’ll see just how active we are. Our enterprise has supported hundreds of charitable organizations throughout southern Arizona, everything from little league teams to senior care non-profits to health research organizations.
We’re proud of our contributions and the contributions all Arizona Indian casinos make. In fact, since 2004, Indian gaming has contributed more than $530 million to the State of Arizona, including its cities, towns and counties.
During that time, more than $47 million has been directly awarded to local governments and non-profits from Arizona gaming tribes through the 12% program. The Tohono O’odham Nation has been and continues to be a part of that program and has been able to positively impact communities throughout Arizona. For example, the Tohono O’odham Nation has donated funds for public safety, education, health care, and other focus areas to places such as Tucson, Nogales, Pinetop, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Peoria, and Tolleson, just to name a few.
Giving back to Arizona and supporting our neighbors is important to us. After all, the Tohono O’odham have called the region home for thousands of years.
The Nation is already taking steps to be a good neighbor in the West Valley, including through the 12% program. For example, as reported in the Arizona Republic, the Nation provided the Peoria Fire Department with a $180,000 grant in 2011 to purchase an Emergency Medical Fire Rescue Watercraft for use on Lake Pleasant. This was the Department’s first dedicated water rescue boat.