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Jemez and Zuni Express Interest in Casinos

March 16, 2014

The Jemez Pueblo and Zuni Pueblo have contacted New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez about building casinos.

In January letters were written by the tribes and sent to the governor. Every tribe that requests a gaming compact, the state must negotiate with them. This is per New Mexico law.

The slow economy and cuts backs in the government has effected both tribes. The casinos are a way to help provide an income to benefit their people.

Currently there are no limits to the amount of casinos that are allowed to be developed in New Mexico. However, in order for a casino to be built a gaming compact will need to be approved by both the tribes and the state.

In February, a gaming compact with the Navajo Nation was denied. The compact would have allowed for the tribe to expand their casino operations with the building three new casinos over fifteen years.

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