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June 11, 2011

Plans for an off reservation casino have caused a controversy with New Mexico Indian tribes. They are teaming together to stop the proposed plan.

The proposed casino will allow for a partnership with a Santa Fe art dealer and the Jemez Pueblo in Northern New Mexico. The partners will build a casino hotel near the New Mexico and Texas boarder. The proposal is currently being decided on by the federal government.

The Jemez Pueblo also claim they have a connection historically with the land.

The plan is being opposed by the New Mexico Indian Gaming Association. The organization represents operators of tribal casinos. Comments have been filled with the Bureau of Indian Affairs by the group.

This is the second time this proposed project has tried to pass. The first time is was rejected was under the Bush administration.

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