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Tohono O'Odham nation breaks ground on new west valley casino

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With much fanfare, the Tohono O'Odham nation broke ground on a new casino it intends to build at 91st Avenue & Northern near the University of Phoenix Stadium, Arena, and the Westgate Development. 

"I mean it's a great day, really great day, my people have looked forward to this day for many, many years," said Ned Norris Jr.

The tribe said its west valley resort would have a 300 million dollar impact on the area.

The casino is near a residential neighborhood, some folks who live nearby aren't too happy about it.

"It is not so much just the casino, but the alcohol that comes around, the behavior that it brings, I have seen too much negative. I am not saying it is all bad, but if I had a choice, no," said Cheryl.

But the casino also has fans. 

"The easy valley and the south area of Phoenix have casinos. The west side has nothing, we want a casino... we want something in our neck of the woods" said Diana Walker.

The casino would be across the street from Kellis High School, part of the Peoria Unified School District.

We asked school administrators to weigh in; their official position is that they have no position.

Meanwhile, members of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation are protesting the new casino. They say the Tohono O'Odham Nation violated an agreement limiting the number of casinos in the valley.

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