Texas Tribe Wants Casino in New Mexico

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A Texas Indian tribe wants to build a casino on ten acres in southern New Mexico to replace one that the state of Texas shut down four years ago.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Tiguas' plan is at least the third off-reservation gambling proposal to emerge in New Mexico.

A lobbyist for Sunland Park Race Track and Casino argues that the plan by the Tigua tribe sets the stage for having "a casino on every corner."

The Tiguas' Speaking Rock Casino was earning about 60 (m) million dollars annually when it was shut down in 2002. A federal court agreed with then-Texas Attorney General John Cornyn that the casino violated Texas limited gambling laws.

Tribal Governor Art Senclair confirms the El Paso tribe has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve placing the ten acres in New Mexico in trust for the tribe.