Tohono O'odham Nation Racks Up Another Legal Victory in Federal Court

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Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris
U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell ruled today that the Tohono O'odham Nation's plan to build a West Valley casino is in compliance with the state's gaming compacts.

It's yet another legal victory to the tribe that has been heavily opposed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, state and federal lawmakers and many of its fellow Native American tribes, primarily the Gila River Indian Community.

Congressmen Trent Franks and Ed Pastor, among others, are supporting a bill aimed at simply keeping the Nation out of the West Valley -- where the GRIC own the only casino in the region.

See also: Trent Franks, Arizona Congressman, Proposes Narrow Special-Interest Measure to Block Tohono O'odham Nation's Proposed West Valley Casino See also: Wanna Bet? Wanna Bet? The Tohono O'odham Want to Build a Casino in the West Valley


It's yet another blow to opponents who have been screeching for years that the Nation's plans would violate a gaming compact voters approved in 2002.

In a press release issued earlier today, the Nation noted this was a tenth ruling in a string of legal victories for them, and that the brutal political fight is just a way for opponents "to protect their massive market share by delaying this important economic development project."

In his ruling, Judge Campbell stated that, "Written agreements matter" and applied that principle to this case stating that, "Parties who reach an accord, particularly on a matter as important and complicated as tribal gaming, carefully document their agreement in writing."

Judge Campbell's opinion eviscerates the opposition's claims, clearly stating "...that no reasonable reading of the Compact could lead a person to conclude that it prohibited new casinos in the Phoenix area."

The judge stated that the Compact itself was the ultimate decider of the issue at hand, quoting from the document itself:

"This compact contains the entire agreement of the parties . . . and no other statement, agreement, or promise made by any party, officer, or agent of any party shall be valid or binding."


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trmptdan
trmptdan

Let's just build it.  Everyone stands to win. 

trmptdan
trmptdan

It was all theirs to begin with.  We are the immigrants.

1wayfaringpilgrim
1wayfaringpilgrim

Wonder if the court would have reached the same decision if the tribe had bought a parcel of land in downtown Phoenix?  Or, next to ASU in Tempe?

sarum
sarum

hmmmm . . . been scouring for articles saying how casino actually funded with Mexican drug cartel $.  I know it was out there cuz it made me so mad when I read/heard it.  I thought - Prove It!  Now I am thinking that even Elizabeth Warren has openly referenced how mega-banks have had their wrists limply slapped for laundering drug cartel $.  Also that cartels that tried to bypass Federal Reserve have been punished - so the dogged persistence in fighting this casino has reasons behind it that nobody can afford to speak . .  

sarum
sarum

http://mises.org/daily/6416/

Native American Reservations: “Socialist Archipelago”

I excused Indian Gaming long time for purpose of elevating their position and opportunity to rectify past wrongs but I do not see that the wealth is distributed amongst the people fairly in many tribes and I do not see the tribes becoming independent from Federal Government.  Therefore, due to predatory nature of casinos I no longer support them.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Glendale is just mad that the casino will have more of an economic impact to the area than jobbing.com, UOP stadium, the Cards, and the Coyotes combined.  Glendale is pretty stupid with it's money!

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

No kidding. Franks continues to do nothing in congress, Pastor is a liar, and the COG has spent what 7-8 million for losing lawyers...keep voting republican and democrat folks, they could give a rats rear end about the rule of law. peace

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Good for them, they should have won.

This creates jobs, brings revenue to the city and to every business in the area.

marcy
marcy

In the meantime the competing tribes continue to falsely claim that the casino is "illegal" and is in the middle of a Glendale neighborhood.   They demonstrate that not just white men speak with forked tongues.



ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

It's a shame Arizona is nothing but casinos and prisons.

sarum
sarum

I have been to casino and most of the clientele appear to be people trying to grow their welfare check.  The people I have known that go to casino are not well to do financially stable people.  I therefore view casinos as predatory detriment not contributory so am dismayed that gaming is so popular for tribes.  


eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

A casino in Glendale of this size will be a huge draw. It will enhance the popularity of all other entertainment venues in the area. It will be a win-win for everyone.

marcy
marcy

@sarum 

Gambling attracts many different types of customers, from the desperate to the thrill seekers.

Freedom includes the freedom to make poor choices, and reap the consequences.


marcy
marcy

@eric.nelson745 

Of course it will.  In fact it will be very near the Arizona Cardinals stadium, where events are held that more money is bet on than will be wagered at the casino.

sarum
sarum

@marcy @sarum I agree with freedom but I disagree with government getting involved with predatory businesses.  Just because some people continue to make bad choices does not mean that government needs to stick their hand in the middle of that pie.  They already have Wall St.   The hungry families at home do not get a safety net to compensate for the bad choices of mom or dad.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/casino-culture-and-the-collapse-of-character-70280/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/01/1021797/-Casino-Culture


Government serves itself and corporations, not the people.  


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