SANTA FE -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs added clarity to its recent policy for
off-reservation casinos. The BIA said this week that new Indian casinos should
be within 25 miles of a reservation headquarters.
In two cases this year the U.S. Interior Department rejected requests for
off-reservation casinos. The Jemez Pueblo were denied a casino near Anthony in
southern New Mexico, and the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma were stopped
from opening a casino near Deming.
The BIA will allow exceptions. If a tribe owns land away from a reservation and
there is a significant number of tribal members living there or nearby, the
tribe may seek reservation status for that land.
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