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The Fort Sill Apaches hoped a favorable decision would move towards reservation status and federal approval to operate a high-stakes bingo parlor on that land.
However, the Bureau of Indian Affairs argued successfully that an environmental assessment of the casino site must be completed before the government can proceed.
Fort Sill Apache attorney Phillip Thompson said "We will comply with this
request (environmental assessment) and then move forward."
To seek public support the tribe has recently run ads on Albuquerque TV and radio stations that say: "For over 120 years, the Chiricahua Apaches struggled in exile. Today we return to the land of our ancestors in New Mexico with plans to build a future. Don't let history repeat itself. Help the Chiricahua Apaches shape their own destiny."
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