Construction has begun on the new Tohono O'odham Nation $400 million casino and
The tribe has completed the necessary testing of the property's soil and
surveying previously. Grading of the land can now begin. It will cost $7 million
for the grading to be completed.
Subcontractors have also been chosen by the tribe. The first phase of the casino
will consist of steal construction.
The future casino resort has been marked with controversy. The project has
received opposition from elected officials in the West Valley and other Native
American tribes operating casinos in the Phoenix area.
However, a federal law from 1986 allowed for the Tohono O'odham Nation allowed
for the tribe to purchase land in unincorporated Maricopa County.
The tribe was then sued over the casino development. The courts ruled in favor
of the O'odham.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of the Interior allowed for the tribe to
place the land into trust and begin the building of the casino.
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