The Tohono O’odham Nation revealed that construction work for the upcoming Arizona casino will begin by the end of this year.
US.- Tohono O’odham Nation authorities revealed that the construction of the US$400 million gambling facility is set to begin in the last months of this year. The tribe bought the land almost a decade ago.
Back in May, it was announced that the tribe and the State of Arizona settled the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley dispute. The deal allows the Nation to conduct its Class III gaming at the casino located near the city of Glendale under an amended tribal-state compact and Arizona will process its certification and liquor license normally. As the state said that it won’t present opposition to the tribe’s attempts to have the Desert Diamond’s neighbouring land taken into trust, the nation agreed to not conduct Class II or III gaming anywhere but in a designated area during the term of the agreement.
CEO of the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise Andy Asselin, said: “This has been a long time coming, and we will continue to work with the community to ensure that construction proceeds smoothly.” Moreover, as Peoria Times informed, the Chairman of the tribe, Edward Manuel, said that whit the announcement, they’re moving forward with the promise to create jobs and positive economic opportunities for members of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the West Valley and the citizens of Arizona. “This beautiful new facility will be a positive economic engine for decades to come,” he added.