Glendale casino issue reaches Congress

Glendale, Arizona (AP) October 2011
A move to block an Indian casino from setting up gambling tables and slot machines in Glendale has reached the halls of Congress.

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks has urged a key House panel to support his bill to bar the Tohono (toh-HO’-noh) O’odham Nation from building the casino.

The Arizona Republic ( ) reports Franks’ bill would modify a 25-year-old settlement between Congress and the Tohono O’odham Nation. 

It would ban most gambling, including bingo, slot machines and blackjack, on any replacement lands in Pinal, Pima, and Maricopa counties that are taken into the reservation system for the tribe.

The tribal chairman and the mayor of Peoria say the proposed casino and resort could bring more than 9,000 jobs to the area and should not be blocked by Congress.

The 30,000-member tribe has the backing of the Obama administration’s Interior Department.