The New Mexico Senate approved the proposed gaming compact between the state and
area tribes. It was passed by a vote of 35 to 7.
The tribes involved include the Mescalero Apache Tribe, the Acoma Pueblo, the
Jemez Pueblo, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the Navajo Nation.
Last year the Senate rejected the previously proposed compact with a 31 to 10
The new compact will be in effect for 23 years. Fees that the tribes pay will be
reduced. However, the amount taxed on gaming revenue has been increased.
Visitors to the casinos that are know to gamble large wagers can now receive
comps such as food and hotel rooms. As well as credit. Casinos may also operate
24 hours daily. The Navajos will also be allowed to open an additional casino in
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