State to block approval for new Glendale casino

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's gaming director has told a Tucson-area Indian tribe building a casino in Glendale that he will block any certification of the new operation.

Gaming Department Director Daniel Bergin told the Tohono O'odham Nation in a letter that he wouldn't approve the casino. He said the tribe has perpetrated fraud on the state, other tribes and the state's voters.

Gov. Doug Ducey urged Bergin to block the casino and said the tribe knew the risks it was taking.

The tribe has been fighting a legal battle for five years to build the casino and has won every round. The state and other tribes say the gaming compact doesn't allow another casino in metropolitan Phoenix.

Tribal chairman Ned Norris Jr. called the latest's state roadblock a "new low."

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