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Appeals Court Victory for Tohono O’odham Nation in Battle for Glendale, Arizona Casino

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The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Tohono O’odham Nation that its land for a proposed casino in Glendale is unincorporated, reported the Phoenix Business Journal.

This is another victory for the tribe's political fight with the City of Glendale over its plans to build a casino near University of Phoenix Stadium and Arena. That ruling reverses a lower state court decision that Glendale had annexed 45 acres of the 135-acre parcel in 2002, reported the Phoenix Business Journal.

On March 3, 2011, the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of the Department of the Interior (DOI) in its decision to take land into trust for the Tohono O’odham Nation, stated the Nation’s press release in March. It has federal approval to develop a casino on 54 acres, but it must defeat court challenges from Glendale and state lawmakers and other Indian tribes opposed to their development.