Tribes in New Mexico send new Class III gaming compact to BIA

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R), seated, sign the new Class III gaming compact. Photo from Navajo Nation

A new Class III gaming compact in New Mexico is being sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review.

The Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Nation, Acoma Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo officially signed the agreement Gov. Susana Martinez (R) on Monday. The 22-year deal includes provisions affecting revenue sharing, free play, operating hours and gaming on newly acquired lands.

"This is a historic day for the Navajo Nation," President Ben Shelly said in a press release. "Gov. Martinez’s approval of the tribal gaming compact with the state of New Mexico brings us one step closer toward securing our economic future for the next 22 years,”

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act gives the BIA 45 days to take action on a compact.

Get the Story:
Governor signs new 22-year tribal gambling compact (The Albuquerque Journal 4/14)
New Gambling Compact Inked between Gov. Martinez and Native American Tribes (Casino News Daily 4/14)
Gov. Martinez signs gambling compact with NM tribes (KOB 4/13)
Gov. Martinez signs gaming compact (New Mexico Political Report 4/13)

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