Glendale casino supporters, foes make case before U.S. Senate panel —

Tohono O’odham leaders “looked us in the face and lied” about their plans for a Glendale casino, and Congress needs to step in and stop it, opponents of the project told a Senate committee Wednesday.

“They broke faith with us and the voters of Arizona,” said Diane Enos, president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, during a tense two-hour hearing before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

But Tohono O’odham Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said the tribe has “complied with the letter of every applicable law” and has “gracefully answered every allegation no matter how ridiculous or how offensive.”

Norris said Congress should not approve what he called “mean-spirited” legislation to block the project.

The testimony, part of a hearing on the future of Indian gaming, came one week after the Glendale City Council withdrew its longstanding opposition to a Tohono O’odham plan for the West Valley Resort and Casino.

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