Glendale will open talks on proposed casino — Arizona Republic

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 nearly five years to open a casino and resort near the Westgate Entertainment District.

The move, which came during a council workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 15, does not change the city’s official opposition.

Rather, it launches a fact-finding mission to help council members analyze the project’s potential impacts on the city. The idea is to discern fact from fiction in a complicated dispute blurred by political mud-slinging.

Tangled together only by lawsuits, city and tribal leaders have not sat down to talk since the council voted to oppose the tribe’s plans in 2009. The opposition came less than three months after the tribe unveiled its plans.

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