New Mexico Tribe Sues State Over Gambling Compact Negotiations

New Mexico Tribe Sues State Over Gambling Compact Negotiations

The Pojoaque Pueblo is throwing legal tomahawks at the state of New Mexico more than a lightweight they feel is perhaps not being negotiated in good faith (Image: Pojoaque Pueblo Realty)

It’s no secret that the compact negotiations between American Indian tribes and states concerning casinos and other gambling facilities are contentious throughout the best of that time period. On the one hand, states tend to be reluctant partners who desire to get the maximum amount of monetary benefit as possible without allowing tribes to offer unrestricted gaming on their land. Meanwhile, the tribes are usually unhappy about having to negotiate at all to create financial development to land that is supposed become their own.

Tense Standoff

That is a pretty description that is good of relationship between New Mexico and the Pojoaque Pueblo tribe of Native Americans. Now, the two sides are running under a compact that can last until June 2015. However with that agreement running out in about 18 months, negotiations are underway to hit a new bargain and the Pojoaque Pueblo doesn’t think their state is dealing in good faith.

That’s why the tribe has made a decision to sue the state over the failure in negotiations. Based on the Pojoaque Pueblo, their state government and in particular, Governor Susana Martinez’s administration happens to be trying to gather an illegal income tax without any new benefits for the tribe.

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