State Supreme Court rules against Fort Sill Apache Tribe gambling request

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SANTA FE (KRQE) – The state Supreme Court has denied a request by an Oklahoma-based tribe.

The Fort Sill Apache Tribe was requesting that Governor Susana Martinez be ordered to sign a gambling compact with them. The tribe has a small plot of land near Deming, N.M. and has been working on opening a casino there for years, but the tribe has not been federally approved for gambling.

Last year the court ruled Governor Martinez has to recognize them as a New Mexico tribe but Governor Martinez still argues the tribe has to have eligible land and she isn’t required to sign a compact.

The justices did not give a reason for turning down Fort Sill’s Apache Tribe’s request.

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