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Possible Fed Law Violation by Proposed Fort Sill Apache Casino

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January 27, 2015

Legislature for New Mexico may be violating law established by the federal government if they allow for a casino to be built by a tribe from Oklahoma. The Fort Still Apache Tribe is interested in developing a new casino near Deming. Located in New Mexico's southern region.

The current gaming compacts have a provision that could stop the tribe from proceeding. If the tribe continues, it could be in violation of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The law states that if a tribe was eligible for land before 1988, the tribe may develop a casino. However, the Fort Sill tribe was not granted land into trust until 2002.

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