Arizona Lawmakers in Troubles after Receiving Lavish Gifts

Arizona Lawmakers ScamTwo Glendale Arizona based lawmakers find themselves in troubles after when they admitted for being guilty of accepting lavish gifts from the casino owners. The gifts included tickets to some high profile sports league events.

Ian Hugh and Jamie Aldama are the members of Glendale City Council. Both of these lawmakers have admitted for receiving gifts and attending the sporting events along with the members of a local Native American tribe by the name Tohono O’odham Nation who is having gambling operations in Glendale.

It is a serious matter because recently the City Council has given the casino game license to this Native American tribe for starting its development plans. It includes starting a new casino resort near Desert Diamond Casino.

Edward Manuel, who is the Chairman of Tohono O’odham Nation, recently told the City Council that he wanted to have a good working relationship with the members of City Council and other surrounding communities.

Jamie Aldama said that he attended the Final Four Game last year along with the officials of the Tohono O’odham Nation tribe. Ian Hugh admitted that he went to see an Arizona Cardinals game with the local Native American tribe officials but did not give any specific details when he attended the event. The tickets and other extravagant gifts these officials receive are called “part of their job” by the local public officials of Arizona.

The city of Arizona unanimously decided to sell the land to the tribe in connection to the traditional tribal lands. This decision came into effect after several years of lawsuits and other controversies. The final price was set at $3.1 million.

Potential Conflict of Interest

Both Aldama and Hugh of Glendale City Council attended the games in a private suite that is owned by the tribesman of Tohono O’odham Nation. It is speculated that the total cost to attend the games is around $500.

The Native American tribe insisted that they did not know about the upcoming vote on the sale of land. According to them, there is no potential conflict of interest between their votes and the gifts.

The gifts were revealed as a part of gift disclosure that all members of the City Council have to file every year with the city administration. Other gifts that were given to the members included rides on the private jet of Arizona Cardinals and Fiesta Bowl tickets.

It is not clear whether Hugh and Aldama were the only council members who have received gifts from this Native American tribe back in 2017. When asked to throw light on this matter, Tohono O’odham Nation sent a response to this controversy.

In a statement, Treena Parvello who is the spokeswoman of this Native American Tribe says:

The Enterprise always attempts to follow relevant regulations pertaining to these issues and will continue to review our procedures to ensure ongoing compliance.

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