Pojoaque Pueblo Casinos in Jeopardy without a New Compact
June 30, 2015
The current gaming compact between New Mexico and the Pojoaque Pueblo is about
to expire. However announcement was made that would allow for the two casinos
owned by the tribe to remain open according to a federal prosecutor.
Law mandates that tribal owned casinos can only operate if there is a compact in
place. Midnight on Tuesday was the expiration date for the compact.
Gov. Susana Martinez has signed new compacts with four other tribes in the
state. However, an ongoing disagreement has resulted in no new compact with the
The tribe believes that the state has not tried to negotiate a new compact with
them in good faith. The two sides went to court over the mater. The court ruled
in favor of the state.
The tribe and the state have a pending case with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of
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