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Fort Sill Apache Tribe to resubmit bid for New Mexico casino

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma has changed tactics in its quest to open a casino in New Mexico.

The tribe already has a 30-acre reservation in the southern part of the state. But the land hasn't been deemed eligible for gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The tribe previously sought to engage in gaming on the reservation by claiming an exception in Section 20 of the law. So far, those efforts have been rejected by federal regulators.

Now the tribe plans to seek a two-part determination for the casino. That means, in addition to federal approval, Gov. Susana Martinez (R) would have to sign off on the project.

Chairman Jeff Haozous said the tribe will begin the process later this year.

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Casino Plan Ticket Home for Tribe (The Albuquerque Journal 2/26)

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