A federal lawsuit was filed from the city of Glendale against the Department of
Interior on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix. This is in regards to a
$500 million casino resort that is planned to be built west of Phoenix by the
Glendale is asking for an injunction against the Department of the Interior over
a land ruling. The Department of Interior gave permission for the tribe to own
land off of their reservation to build a casino.
The land in issue is located north of the stadium at the University of Phoenix.
At Northern and 91st avenue.
In 1983 the tribe was allowed by law to purchase unincorporated land near
Phoenix. This was to replace tribal land that was lost due to flooding. Glendale
argues that the land was annexed in 2001 and is no longer unincorporated land.
The Gila River Indian Tribe also has filed a law suit against the Department of
the Interior. Also having a casino in the Phoenix area, they are concerned with
too much competition.
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