Two of Valley’s largest gaming tribes resign from Arizona Indian Gaming Association

by Adrian J. Elliott | Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 | 1796 views

PHOENIX – of the Valley’s largest gaming tribes within the Valley have decided to resign from the state’s gaming affiliation.

The Gila River Indian network and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community hand-added a letter to the Tribes of Arizona Indian Gaming association on Friday.

Their resignation reportedly comes after the Tohono O’odham country’s actions of “secretly developing a casino in direct opposition to the guarantees made via AIGA.” the 2 tribes say it has “destroyed AIGA’s harmony and undermined the ideas of the employer”.

The Tohono O’odham state’s wasteland Diamond West Valley casino opened in Glendale in December no matter criminal battles.

The letter reads, in full:

dear Tribal Leaders:

The Gila River Indian network has actively supported AIGA for many, a few years. we’ve worked with different member-tribes to perform AIGA’s purpose of “speakme on behalf of its member Tribes with one, unified voice…on Indian gaming issues.” AIGA for many years fulfilled this cause and operated with notable solidarity of course. however the moves of the Tohono O’odham kingdom to secretly develop an on line casino in direct competition to the promises made through AIGA and other tribes has destroyed AIGA’s harmony and undermined the principles of the organization. We, regretfully, have decided that we can no longer in desirable judgment of right and wrong be contributors of AIGA and are chickening out from the company effective without delay.

when compact negotiations started back in 2000, sixteen tribes united collectively and signed an agreement that installed tribal principles for the negotiations. The kingdom’s present day Chairman signed that agreement. In that written settlement, every tribe expressly agreed to “hold regular positions concerning the terms and troubles at issue with the kingdom of Arizona in compact negotiations,” and, importantly, to “notify other Tribal Leaders in the event that they…must take positions or moves inconsistent with the ones of the alternative Tribal Leaders.”

while the four Phoenix-metro tribes and other tribes were thinking about Governor Hull’s demand inside the negotiations that every Tribe to give up its proper to construct an extra on line casino, the state now admits that backstage, it changed into secretly attempting to find land to operate an additional on line casino in the Phoenix location. rather than notifying different Tribal leaders of its plans at some stage in the negotiations, the state actively labored to conceal its movements. The nation admits that it sold the Glendale land the use of a Delaware shall agency “to hide its possession.”

In reality, at some point of the compact negotiations, the state’s representatives expected that Gila River, Salt River and fortress McDowell could object to the state’s silence as soon as its plans for a Phoenix casino have been revealed. but even that did not compel the nation to notify other Tribes. The kingdom stayed silent.

The country’s failure to disclose its secret plans for a Phoenix-region casino for the duration of compact negotiations, earlier than other Tribes signed the brand new compacts and gave up their existing rights to construct an extra on line casino, violated the nation’s contractual and ethical duties to inform the alternative fifteen tribes that the nation became taking “actions inconsistent with those of other Tribal Leaders.”

Governor Ducey and lawyer trendy Brnovich have called the country’s Glendale casino “opposite to the general public hobby” and “the product of fraud, fraudulent concealment and misrepresentation.” The Arizona Republic referred to as the nation a tribe “the usage of subterfuge and deceit to interrupt into Phoenix’s gambling market.”

even as thus far the country has been capable of break out the nation’s claims of fraud and misrepresentation, the federal court docket these days dominated that those claims will finally be litigated.

All Tribes in AIGA have to acknowledge that since the kingdom asked the branch of the interior to collect the Glendale parcel for casino purposes in 2009, AIGA has not spoken with one, unified voice. AIGA has been crippled with the aid of disunity.

let us assessment AIGA’s role on this difficulty.

while then-Governor Hull introduced a compact have been efficiently negotiated with the 16 Tribes, her February 20, 2002 press announcement stated that one of the “important points” executed within the settlement become that there could be “[n]o additional casinos allowed inside the Phoenix metropolitan place and one additional on line casino inside the Tucson vicinity.”

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On April three, 2002, AIGA workforce produced a Legislative tracking report that commented on Senate invoice 1001, the bill which encapsulated the compact agreement reached between AIGA tribes and the nation. The AIGA report stated that the invoice “Represents the settlement reached with the aid of the Arizona Indian Gaming affiliation and the Governor. offers for a discount in the variety [of] legal gaming facilities[, ] without an extra facilities inside the Phoenix metro location and most effective one new facility inside the Tucson location.”

five days later, on April eight, 2002, AIGA’s government Director, David LaSarte, testified earlier than the Arizona Senate Committee

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