Tohono O’odham Nation Breaks Ground at Site of West Valley Resort and Casino — Phoenix New Times
Officials from West Valley cities, including Peoria, Tolleson, Glendale, gathered with leaders from the Tohono O’odham inside a white air conditioned tent in the middle of a dusty, vacant field this morning.
They were there to break ground on the West Valley Resort and Casino — a momentous ceremony taking place more than five years after the project was announced.
“Today is a day that’s been a long time coming,” Nation Chairman Ned Norris told the more than 100 people who attended the event. “This is the work of generations of the Nation’s leaders; the result of a long struggle to turn a great wrong into a new opportunity for our people and for all of Arizona.”
Norris recounted that the land they purchased in the West Valley was recompense for thousands of acres of the Nation’s land near Gila Bend, in the San Lucy District, were destroyed by flooding when the federal government built a dam to protect area farmers.