Tribal Organization: Tohono O'odham Nation
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9431 W. Northern Ave
Glendale, AZ 85305
The Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in Glendale opened December 20, 2015. It is located near Loop 101 and Northern Avenue and near the sports and entertainment district of western Maricopa County.
The casino is the first phase of a master plan to build a 1.2 million square-foot casino resort with a spa hotel, a 3-acre atrium, event center, restaurants and bars, retail space, and a convention center. The property size is 78 acres of a total 135 acres. Construction of the remaining phases is estimated at 32 to 44 months and a cost is $607 million.
|Dining Venues (8)|
|- 5 restaurants|
|- Food Court|
|- Buffet||400 seats||21,250 sq-ft|
|- Coffee Shop||150 seats||6,590 sq-ft|
|- Sports Bar||90 seats||5,600 sq-ft|
|- VIP Lounge||2,100 sq-ft|
|- Casino Feature Bar||4,800 sq-ft|
The Tohono O'odham Nation had thousands of acres of their land in the San Lucy District ruined by continuous flooding caused by federal construction of the Painted Rock Dam. To compensate the Nation the U.S. Congress passed the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act (Public Law 99-503). The law authorizes the Nation to buy unincorporated lands in Pima, Pinal, or Maricopa counties as replacement reservation lands. It also directs the U.S. Interior Department to transfer the replacement land into federal trust.
In 2003 the Nation purchased 135 acres of unincorporated land near Glendale, Arizona, as replacement land for the purpose economic and community development. The Nation asked the Secretary of the Interior to take into trust allowing them to build a casino per the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). Lawsuits challenged the qualifications of these 135 acres as replacement land. The tribe has won 19 lawsuits, and expects to win two more in 2016.
The grand opening of the first construction phase was celebrated December 20,
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