When Arizona's Tohono O'odham Nation bought unincorporated land adjacent to the city of Glendale and announced plans to build a casino and resort on it, the tribe viewed it as fulfillment of a promise made by the federal government in 1986. That's when Congress passed a law giving the tribe $30 million to replace 10,000 acres of tribal land that had been damaged by flooding after the Painted Rock Dam was built in 1960. "It's an acknowledgment of the U.S. government that they wronged" the tribe, Chairman Ned Norris says.
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