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Editorial: Drop the 'charade' against Tohono O'odham Nation's casino



The Tohono O'odham Nation owns and operates the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino and Resort in Glendale, Arizona. Photo from Facebook

Why is the state of Arizona trying to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation from offering Class III games at the new Desert Diamond West Valley Casino and Resort when doing so would send more revenues to the state? The Glendale Star thinks rival tribes -- namely the Gila River Indian Community and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community -- have a lot to do with it:
This is just one more curious, but predictable, delay in the Tohono O’odham Nation’s fight to open a Class III casino in the West Valley. This battle has been going on since February 2009.

It’s about time the State of Arizona grew up and dropped this charade, pretending it is all bent out of shape by the Tohono O’odham Nation’s audacity, temerity, persistence, downright gall in its pursuit of the Class III casino license.

Issue the license and put this situation behind you, state officials. And, while you’re at it, issue the liquor license to the Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley that your agencies have purposely delayed.

There are greater problems facing our state and local municipal and county officials. We need jobs and an economic boost in the West Valley, not another ongoing court case.

Read More on the Story:
Editorial: Stop state charade, let the games begin (The Glendale Star 8/18)

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