Backers Push Anthony, NM Casino

Anthony, NM – A proposal by Jemez Pueblo to build a $60 million, off-reservation casino and hotel some 300 miles from tribal land has resurfaced.

Pueblo officials and representatives of Santa Fe art dealer Gerald Peters, the developer who's partnering with the tribe, met last week with trustees of the newly seated governing body in Anthony, N.M., a town on the Texas-New Mexico border just north of El Paso.

Former Las Cruces Mayor Ruben Smith, a spokesman for Peters and the tribe, said tribal officials told Anthony officials that after being stalled for more than two years, their request for a casino is being reconsidered by the federal government.

Plans for an off-reservation casino started in August 2004.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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