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Tribes aim to influence vote in off-reservation gaming dispute

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More on: arizona, elections, gila river, tohono oodham
The Tohono O'odham Nation and the Gila River Indian Community spent $235,000 to influence voters in Glendale, Arizona.

The Tohono O'odham Nation plans to build a casino near Glendale. The tribe spent $70,000 on city council candidates who support the West Valley Resort.

The Gila River Tribe spent $165,000. The money went to anti-casino candidates and to Keeping the Promise, a group that opposes the casino.

But while the city council will see new blood in January 2013, the tribal donations don't appear to have shifted the city's official stance against the casino, The Arizona Republic reported. The council is most likely 4-3 against the casino, the paper said.

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Tribes donated heavily in Glendale election (The Arizona Republic 11/19)

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