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US District Judge to hear arguments from Tohono O’odham Nation over casino

Tohono O’odham Nation

The Tohono O’odham Nation wants to run full-fledged gaming operations at its Glendale casino but Arizona Gaming Director Daniel Bergin is not willing to issue the tribe a Class III gambling license that would allow the casino to operate table games such as poker and blackjack.

Bergin and his legal counsel Matthew Hoffman allege that the tribe has violated its gambling compact with the state by developing a casino in Phoenix.
The tribe operates from its reservation in South Arizona and gave no indication during the gaming compact it signed in 2002 that it intended to expand its facilities outside the reservation.
The compact allows the tribe to develop casinos on reservation land but did not take into consideration that the tribe could acquire more land in new jurisdictions that could then be used to develop more casinos.

However Bergin states that the tribe deliberately left out its intention of expanding gambling facilities when it signed the compact with the state back in 2002.

Attorney Danielle Spinelli who represents the tribe has dismissed these allegations by saying the state was a sophisticated party during the negotiations which carried on for years and should have clearly specified in the compact that it did not want the Tohono O’odham Nation to expand gaming facilities outside its reservation in Southern Arizona.
The case will be sent to trial, it could be dragged on for a long period of time as the courts will have to hear statements and testimony from state and tribal negotiators who were involved during the 2002 compact.

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