The Jemez Pueblo and Zuni Pueblo have contacted New Mexico Governor Susana
Martinez about building casinos.
In January letters were written by the tribes and sent to the governor. Every
tribe that requests a gaming compact, the state must negotiate with them. This
is per New Mexico law.
The slow economy and cuts backs in the government has effected both tribes. The
casinos are a way to help provide an income to benefit their people.
Currently there are no limits to the amount of casinos that are allowed to be
developed in New Mexico. However, in order for a casino to be built a gaming
compact will need to be approved by both the tribes and the state.
In February, a gaming compact with the Navajo Nation was denied. The compact
would have allowed for the tribe to expand their casino operations with the
building three new casinos over fifteen years.
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