Nation | Tribe: Pascua Yaqui Tribe
W Grant Road and Interstate 10
July 6, 2019
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe are working with city officials to build a new casino at the site of an old movie theater. The tribe owns and operates two Tucson casinos: the Casino del Sol Resort Spa and Conference Center and Casino of the Sun.
Tribe chair: Casino 'one potential option' for I-10 and Grant facility
Courtesy of KGUN 9 TV
Grant Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Trust
Courtesty of NEWS 4 TUCSON
The casino would be built on a 14.38-acre parcel of land owned by the tribe. The location is near West Grant Road and Interstate 10. It was the site of the Century Park 16 movie theater, and before that, it was a drive-in theater. The Pascua Yaqui bought the property in 2011.
Map is courtesy of Arizona Daily Star
If the casino plan is approved by the federal, state and local governments, it would be the fifth Indian casino in the Tucson area and the third owned by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.
UPDATE July 9, 2019
The Tucson City Council has approved an agreement with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to build a new casino on tribal land West Grant Road and Interstate 10. The agreement is subject to federal approval.
In general terms, the tribe agreed pay a percentage of casino revenues as taxes to the city based, and the city agreed to provide basic civic services like police, fire, emergency and traffic control services.
September 12, 2019
During its September 4 meeting the Tucson City Council voted 7-0 in favor of an intergovernmental agreement with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe which supports the transferring a 15-acre site owned by the tribe into federal trust. This is an early and important step in the long process for federal approval for the tribe to build a new casino within the city limits of Tucson.
The agreement between the City and the Tribe provides an operational structure if the federal government approves the land transfer by defining the roles and responsibilities of each party and establishing an oversight group to resolve issues that may develop.
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