Judge finds gaming director, GRIC relationship ‘troubling’ — Glendale Star

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 Northern avenues.

In a ruling July 25, Federal District Court Judge David Campbell concluded that the Arizona Department of Gaming and the Gila River Indian Community colluded to stop the Nation from opening the casino in the West Valley.

What ADG Director Daniel Bergin did to bring about the ruling by Campbell was share documents with GRIC attorneys. Court documents in the lawsuit brought by the Nation vs. Gov. Douglas A. Ducey (the state) were minutes from the San Lucy Council District of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

ADG spokesperson Amanda Jacinto said Bergin was working on a legal strategy and the papers were never intended by Bergin to go beyond that. Still, Jacinto defended Bergin and the ADG, when it came to whatever information was contained in the documents handed over by Bergin.

Read the full article at the Glendale Star.