The upcoming casino operated by the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise is closer to be opened.
US.- Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise has announced that the phase of ground breaking has finally begun. “This day was a long time in coming,” stated former Tohono O’odham Chairman Ned Norris, Jr. The new gaming venue, operated by the local native tribe, will be located in the region of West Valley, in Arizona.
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.
Edward Manuel, Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation said, “This facility will provide jobs and economic opportunity for members of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the West Valley and Arizona. The Nation is proud of the partnerships we have forged in the region, which will only strengthen and grow as we move forward.”
Andy Asselin, CEO of the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise said “This is a day our guests and employees have been looking forward to for a long time. We have put together a terrific construction team that will be developing a unique attraction for the entire West Valley. We’re eager to get started.”