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5 mayors oppose Glendale casino

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PHOENIX (AP) – Five mayors are voicing their opposition to an Indian-run casino on a county island in Glendale.

The mayors of Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Surprise and Youngtown join Glendale in opposing a casino developed by the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck said a tribe should not be able to go into a city or town, purchase land and create a reservation without any input from city leaders.

Plans for the casino were announced seven months ago.

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While Glendale opposes a casino, the mayors of Peoria and Tolleson sent letters to the U.S. Department of Interior supporting the casino and the jobs it would bring.

Tribal Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said he would have liked to have met with city officials who are opposed to the casino project.

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