Tribe to break ground on planned casino in Glendale on Thursday


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GLENDALE, Arizona — A southern Arizona tribe isn't letting state lawmakers' efforts keep it from breaking ground on a casino project in the city of Glendale.

The Tohono O'odham (ODD'-ham) Nation says a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Thursday morning. Some Glendale officials are expected to attend.

Supporters say the agreement between the city and the tribe to build the casino will boost the economy and provide jobs.

Opponents say the project is an expansion of casino gambling within the Phoenix area, where other tribes already operate several casinos.

Members of Arizona's congressional delegation have proposed legislation to halt the casino project, but that legislation has yet to move forward.

The casino would be located near the stadium that is home to the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.

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