In another win for the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Arizona Court of Appeals has determined that the City of Glendale's support for the tribe's West Valley casino project cannot be put to a referendum.
The tribe's 45,000-square-foot Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley is under construction and expected to be fully operational on the city’s west side by the end of the year. The agreement between Glendale and the Nation remains in place.
This litigation was the result of East Valley special interests opposed to the fact that Glendale supported the Nation’s project. The political committees that brought this lawsuit were entirely funded and organized by an East Valley Tribe. That tribe contributed $278,000 in funds and legal services to their effort, through a shell political committee called Neighbors for a Better Glendale.
“This is just the latest frivolous lawsuit designed to stop the Nation from bringing jobs and economic opportunity supported by Glendale and the West Valley public,” Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward Manuel said in a press release. He added, “The Nation congratulates Glendale on this major victory, and we look forward to continuing our partnership as we prepare to open our project later this year.”
The Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley will open with more than 1,000 Class II gaming machines at 95th Ave. and Northern Ave. Revenue from the new facility will be shared with local communities under the same formula used for other Arizona casinos. Hiring is underway, and a major job fair is scheduled for Sept. 27 – Sept. 28, 2015 to fill multiple positions at the new property.