Gila River Indian Community Archives

WESTMARC seeks Best of the West nominees

Jackrabbit Trail

WESTMARC is seeking nominees for its 23rd Annual Best of the West Awards, celebrating the best of Western Maricopa County, in partnership with Cox Communications, and with support from Gila River Indian Community, Republic Media, APS, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance, Arizona Cardinals, and Sub-Zero. The purpose of the Best of the West Awards program is to recognize… Read More →

Gila River Indian Community files lawsuit against FHA/ADOT

Tribes Pursue Retail Projects

The Gila River Indian Community (the “Community”) filed a lawsuit today challenging the recent decision by the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation to build the South Mountain Freeway along a path that borders the Community and that runs directly through the South Mountain, land that is sacred to Community members. According… Read More →

Ronald McDonald House Completes $2.1M Capital Campaign

Final Rendering

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix has completed a two-year, $2.1 million fund-raising campaign to cover all construction, furnishing and decorating expenses for the Valley’s third Ronald McDonald House and the first in the East Valley. Renovation has begun on the 12,600 square foot former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical… Read More →

Glendale supports tribe’s casino plan

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The Glendale City Council has approved a resolution to support the Tohono O’Odham Nation’s proposal to build a casino near the city’s sports and entertainment district. The council voted 4-3 Tuesday to back the plan that the tribe projects will have a $300 million annual economic impact. The Tohono O’Odham has been pushing a proposal… Read More →

DOI decision keeps Glendale casino plan alive


The Tohono O’odham Nation says the U.S. Department of the Interior has reaffirmed its decision that the tribe’s property lies within unincorporated Maricopa County. Tribal officials say that’s a key requirement for taking the land into trust. They still hope to build a massive resort and casino on the edge of Glendale and have been… Read More →

Super Bowl Committee teams up with Gila River Community

From left: Stephen R. Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Gila River Indian Community, David Rousseau, Chairman, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Michael Bidwill, President of the Arizona Cardinals, Gregory Mendoza, Gila River Indian Community Governor, Jay Parry, President & CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Christopher Mendoza, District 4 Councilman. Also attached is a photo of Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee mascot, SPIKE.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced its partnership with the Gila River Indian Community today during a press conference at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Chandler, Arizona. In attendance for today’s announcement were Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman David Rousseau, Gila River Indian Community Governor Gregory Mendoza, Arizona Cardinals… Read More →

RED AWARDS 2014: Best Hospitality Project

by in AZRE Magazine | Events

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in… Read More →

AIGA's Spicer Was Featured Speaker in London

Valerie Spicer, Executive Director Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA), was a featured panelist at ICE Totally Gaming seminar, “Opportunities in Indian Country” on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, in London, UK.  The seminar is co-produced by ICE Totally Gaming and Victor Rocha of in cooperation with Clarion Gaming’s Ewa Bakun.  Spicer is featured on the… Read More →

SRP eyes alternatives for power line plan

Power Outage Map
by in Business News | Energy

Salt River Project has delayed its proposal to bring high-voltage power lines to Chandler and Sun Lakes neighborhoods. Officials with the utility company say they’re continuing to work with the Gila River Indian Community on an alternative plan. SRP had planned to apply for state permission to bring the 230-kilovolt power lines through neighborhoods in… Read More →

Indian tribe will appeal Glendale casino ruling

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An Indian tribe in Arizona has told a judge it intends to appeal his decision that concluded another Indian tribe’s plan to build a casino on the edge of Glendale was legal. The Gila River Indian Community is appealing U.S. District Judge David Campbell’s May 7 ruling in which he said the Tohono O’odham Nation’s… Read More →

Bondurant celebrates his 80th birthday

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by in Business News | Events | Sports

Bob Bondurant celebrates his 80th birthday today (April 27), and he’ll be sitting it out — in a race car. The World Champion driver, founder and CEO of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, proudly located on the Gila River Indian Community just outside Phoenix, will enjoy the milestone with wife Pat, family… Read More →

New Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino Set To Open In 2013

Vee Quiva

With recently built properties at Wild Horse Pass and Lone Butte, it was only a matter of time that the Gila River Indian Community would upgrade Vee Quiva casino in Laveen. That goal came to fruition today when Gila River Casinos broke ground on a new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, scheduled to open a year… Read More →

Tutor Perini Awarded Construction Contract For Vee Quiva Casino

by in Business News | Construction

Tutor Perini Building Corporation of Las Vegas on Tuesday was awarded the contractor bid to construct the Gila River Gaming Enterprise’s new Vee Quiva Casino in Laveen. Tutor Perini was the general contractor for Seminole’s Hard Rock Casino, Mohegan Sun Expansion, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to name a few.… Read More →

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands - Gila River Indian Community

The Gila River Indian Community is building two new hotels that total more than 200 rooms, a new, 70,000 SF casino, and a conference center. The Navajo Nation is building its first Arizona casino near Flagstaff. “(Construction in Indian country) is actually one of the market sectors that is really thriving,” says Rogers Owers, an… Read More →