Council members push Glendale to ‘strike deal’ over casino — Daily News-Sun

Supporters of a plan by the Tohono O’odham Nation to build a casino and hotel in the West Valley hope to bring the project back before the Glendale City Council early next month.

“I hope the city reacts and strikes a deal with the TO quickly,” said Glendale Councilman Ian Hugh, a supporter of the West Valley Resort. His remarks came after hearing the federal government gave the tribe final permission to have the land near Northern and 95th avenues added to its reservation. The July 3 decision by U.S. Interior Department Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn did not address the issue of a building a casino but merely said the tribe had a right under a 1986 law to have the 54-acre parcel placed in trust by the department.

Councilman Gary Sherwood said it is important to get the proposal moving.  “This is positive,” said Sherwood. “Every business out there wants this. The main principals of every entity (the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, operators of Tanger Outlets shopping mall) want this,” he added.

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