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Tim Giago: Tribes to claim downsized military bases
Tuesday, June 7, 2005

"In New Mexico I suppose the city commissioners of Clovis can vote to have Jemez Pueblo officials open their off-reservation casino there because it is running into all sorts of obstacles trying to open it in Anthony. Indian tribes have a legitimate right to lay claim to federal installations when they are closed. Think about it, citizens of Clovis. The base could turn into a real moneymaker and job provider.

Several tribal leaders in South Dakota are preparing a proposal to submit to the federal government that would lay claim to Ellsworth AFB after it closes. Dr. Art Zimiga, an Oglala Lakota, and several other prominent Indian business men and women are putting together a package to give to Oglala Sioux Tribal Attorney Mario Gonzalez who is working on a plan for the Oglala Sioux Tribe to claim Ellsworth.

It’s going to be a very interesting time watching the maneuvering, the elbowing and the hand wringing that everyone involved brings to the table. And the winner is? We won’t know until we see what “clout” Sen. Thune and Sen. Pete Dominici (R-NM) bring to the fight. "

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