Tohono O’odham Nation Presents Check of Nearly $1.2 Million to Glendale — City of Glendale
GLENDALE, Ariz. – (June 28, 2016) – The Tohono O’odham Nation and the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) presented the city of Glendale with $1,193,989.07 in a special ceremony at the Glendale City Council Chambers this afternoon.
This amount represents the Nation’s first annual payment. Going forward, the amount will be $1.5 million each year. The first year amount was pro-rated because the Desert Diamond Casino was not open a full 12 months.
Glendale is the only city in Arizona with an agreement that includes an annual direct payment from a Native American Tribe.Under the agreement, the Nation will pay Glendale $26 million over 20 years.
“This payment demonstrates the Nation’s commitment to its neighbors and the strong relationship we have built with Glendale,” said Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward Manuel. “Presenting this check offers an opportunity to celebrate the great benefits the casino is bringing to the city,the Nation and the West Valley.”