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Opponents of the proposed Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale accuse the tribe of going 'reservation shopping' to find a potentially lucrative casino market. Supporters say the tribe has done everything by the book.

The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill to block a proposed Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale, after an emotional debate Monday in which each side accused the other of setting a dangerous precedent. Read more»

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, testified Tuesday that a Glendale casino project by Tohono O’odham Nation could destroy a compact signed by all 17 Arizona tribes to limit casinos near Phoenix. He sponsored a bill that would stop gaming on the Tohono O’odham land in the metro area.

Supporters and opponents of a proposed casino in Glendale accused each other of subverting the system Tuesday as they clashed on a bill that would prevent the Tohono O’odham Nation from building the project. Read more» 1


Newt Gingrich is straddling a fine line: Even as he courts evangelicals wary of his two divorces, a Gingrich political committee has taken millions from a casino titan whose industry is often anathema to the Christian right. Read more»

Rudy and Lucy Hodahkwen have owned and operated Papago Café for 17 years.

Cash is something members of the Tohono O’odham tribe had hoped would regularly flow their way after the tribe’s venture into Indian gaming, but that hasn’t been the case. Payments have been sporadic and rather small, according to some tribal members. Read more»

State Sen. Russell Pearce discusses a filing a group of Republican lawmakers entered Thursday supporting Glendale’s efforts to block a tribe’s plan to build a casino in the West Valley.

Hours after a group of state lawmakers vowed to join a lawsuit aimed at blocking a Tohono O'odham casino in the West Valley, a federal judge Thursday rejected one state senator's attempt to do so. Read more»

Driving west on Valencia Road toward the casinos, I'm always amused by the many billboards announcing how much farther away they are. Each billboard seems so overtly promissory that all visitors will win and win big. This, of course, has often left me wondering: what do the other sides of the billboards advertise, for the gamblers who are returning to reality from their fleecings? I always forget to look. Read more»