Arizona to get another casino
The new casino could be built in Tucson
With some of the most flexible casino gambling laws in the US, Arizona is home to over 20 casinos and, if lawmakers approve, another could be added to the mix. Currently, there are three casinos in Tucson, but a fourth has been proposed and only needs the green light from regulators.
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe wants to have its own casino. It has started to work with Tucson officials to develop a venue on a 14.38-acre tract of land on its own property and would be completely owned and operated by the tribe. In addition to the casino, there would be a hotel, a housing development and a retail shopping center. A portion of the land would be set aside for cultural and ceremonial use.
The endeavor isn’t ready yet to be voted on, but the tribe is preparing its plans for Tucson officials. Albert Elias, Tucson’s assistant city manager, explains, “There won’t be a vote, but an opportunity to learn more. From a land-use point of view, it’s a great location and a very valuable piece of real estate.”
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was passed in 1988 to allow Native Indian tribes to operate casinos on their own land in Arizona. The state’s governor at the time tried to stop the activity, but was overruled in 1992. By 2003, Arizona started to see a buildup of tribal-owned casinos, but there are now also a number of commercial venues run by Caesars Entertainment and others.