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Arizona Gaming Director Questioned Over Bid To Block Glendale Casino

Tohono O'odham casino
(Photo courtesy of SIMG, Inc.)
A rendering of the first phase of the Tohono O'odham Nation's casino near Glendale.

The state gaming director is facing some questions from a U.S. district court judge over his bid to block full scale casino gambling near Glendale.

The Tohono O’Odham Nation opened the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in December. But the tribe has been limited in the games if offers because Arizona Gaming Director Daniel Bergin has refused to approve full gaming at the facility.

The move has been legally challenged. In a recent ruling, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell said Bergin was working through his attorney with the Gila River Indian Community, a tribe that operates another casino and has publicly opposed the West Valley Casino’s development. 

Campbell said Bergin is supposed to be regulating the activities of both tribes and ordered him to disclose contents of letters exchanged with the Gila River Tribe as the legal case continues.