Settlement ends long-running dispute over Glendale casino | Local … – Arizona Daily Sun

PHOENIX (AP) — The state of Arizona and a southern Arizona tribe on Wednesday said a lawsuit settlement will allow the tribe to operate full-fledged gambling and sell alcohol at its casino in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale but bar it from opening more gambling operations in metropolitan Phoenix.

The agreement between Gov. Doug Ducey and the Tohono O’odham (toh-HO’-noh AH’-tuhm) Nation ends a yearslong dispute over the tribe’s Desert Diamond Casino near Glendale.

The tribe opened the casino in late 2015 but the Ducey administration denied it certification to operate full-fledged gambling. The governor had sent a letter to the state’s gaming director in April 2015 saying that the tribe engaged in fraud because it didn’t disclose its plans for a casino in the Phoenix area while negotiating a gambling agreement with the state in 2003. He also said the state might consider cancelling its entire gambling compact with the tribe.

The tribe sued and opened the casino instead with bingo-style slots and no alcohol license. So-called “Class III” gambling that includes regular slot machines and card tables wasn’t allowed, a bigger money-maker for casinos.

The agreement ends an ongoing battle between the tribe and the state in federal court.

“This is a day the Nation has long been working toward,” Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward D. Manuel said in a statement. “It establishes an agreement concerning the Nation’s ability to conduct Class III gaming on its West Valley land and it brings to an end the final dispute that was constraining this important project.”

Ducey also crowed over the agreement, calling it a major victory for the state that ensures reasonable restrictions on future casinos in metro Phoenix.

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