Desert Diamond Casino West Valley near Glendale to open Sunday after long battle — Arizona Republic
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 Nation is scheduled to unveil its fourth casino in Arizona at the edge of Glendale, about a mile north of the Westgate Entertainment District and University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Desert Diamond Casino West Valley marks a turning point in the tribe’s ambitious effort to test the limits of gaming compacts that have governed American Indian casinos in Arizona since the 1980s. The tribe has prevailed over other casino-operating tribes, as well as an array of municipal, state and federal entities and officials, which have used courts and public forums to challenge the new casino.
Opponents contended that agreements reached by the state and tribes don’t allow the Tohono O’odham to open a casino on land it purchased miles outside of its historical reservation boundaries. The Tohono O’odham countered that federal law allowed it to replace flooded reservation land and the state agreements permitted the tribe to build a casino on the property.