The expiration date of gaming compacts between Native Americans and the state of
New Mexico is approaching. Both sides are having a difficult time compromising
on new compacts.
For the last three years, Gov. Susana Martinez has actively worked toward a new
compact. Supporters of the proposed compact believe that it would be beneficial.
That it would help the current gaming industry by making it more stabile. It
would also help the state by increasing revenues and protect employee jobs.
There are also opponents that believe the state is deviating from the original
gaming plan. Close to 20 years ago, New Mexico approved casinos as a way to help
both Native Americans with an economic opportunity, and help the horse racing
Revenues earned at the casinos help the provide jobs and money to New Mexico.
Tribes are pushing for a compromise to the gaming compact before the expiration
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