Tohono O’odham Nation and State of Arizona settle casino litigation — Peoria Times

The Tohono O’odham Nation and the State of Arizona jointly announced May 17 an agreement to settle their dispute regarding the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley near the City of Glendale.

Under this agreement, the Nation will move forward with Class III gaming at its West Valley facility under an amended tribal-state gaming compact. The state will process the West Valley facility’s Class III gaming certification and liquor license in the normal course of the regulatory process. The state has also agreed that it will not oppose the Nation’s efforts to have its land immediately adjacent to the West Valley facility taken into trust.

In exchange, the Nation has agreed not to conduct Class II or Class III gaming anywhere else in a designated geographical area that includes metropolitan Phoenix during the term of the agreement. Additionally, although the Nation will retain its ability to acquire new reservation land under the terms of Public Law 99-503, known as the “Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act,” the Nation also has agreed not to request that the Secretary of the Interior take any other land in that area into trust for the purpose of gaming during the agreement term. These restrictions will terminate if federal or state legislation is enacted that bars the Nation from conducting Class II or Class III gaming on the West Valley land, or if another tribe conducts Class III gaming on new trust lands in the designated geographical area.

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