Tribe Still Hopes To Build Casino

Jan 23, 2014

An Oklahoma-based American Indian tribe fighting to open a casino on homelands in New Mexico is still awaiting word from the National Indian Gaming Commission on the future of the planned project.

Fort Sill Apache Chairman Jeff Haozous says the tribe will continue to push for gaming to create a hub of economic activity he believes would attract tribal members to their ancestral lands.

Haozous made those remarks during a recent visit to a plot of land part way between Las Cruces and Deming.

Fort Sill Apache tribe launched paper bingo games at the Akela location in April 2009.

But the federal gaming commission issued a notice of violation to the tribe and demanded it halt gaming. The tribe appealed the decision.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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