New casino would benefit Jemez Pueblo, report says

Sante Fe, New Mexico (AP) June 2011

An off-reservation casino on the Texas-New Mexico border would create 375 jobs and generate $157 million in economic activity.

That’s according to a new draft environmental impact statement by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Santa Fe art dealer Gerald Peters and the Jemez Pueblo have proposed building the $55 million casino in Anthony, about 300 miles south of the pueblo.

The plan was shot down in 2008 by the BIA, which said it was too far from the pueblo to generate jobs for the tribe. But the Obama Administration has reopened review on some off-reservation casinos.

If approved, Gov. Susana Martinez would also have to approve it. And a spokesman says she is not convinced of the benefits would outweigh the negative effects of setting an off-site gaming precedent.




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