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Fort Sill Apaches withdraw bingo machines from NM casino

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June 16, 2008 ;

DEMING, NM - The electronic bingo machines installed at the unopened casino off Interstate 10 near Deming will be removed and returned to Oklahoma. The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma had leased the machines from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, who want them back now that the casino was stopped from opening by the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Chairman Jeff Houser of the Fort Sill Apaches said tribe continues to pursue a casino on their New Mexico property. They purchase the 30-acre parcel in 1998 and the land was taken into federal trust for the tribe in 2002. However, last month the National Indian Gaming Commission advised the tribe it had no legal basis to open a casino on it.

As a result the Fort Sill Apaches have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Oklahoma asking the federal government to grant reservation status to their New Mexico land. If successful the tribe believes they will then have the legal basis to open their casino.

Return to New Mexico Casinos.

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