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Pojoaque Pueblo Casinos in Jeopardy without a New Compact

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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 Pojoaque.

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 Appeals.

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