- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A federal official says Indian gambling compacts proposed for four New Mexico tribes might violate federal law by effectively prohibiting an Oklahoma-headquartered tribe from opening a casino in southern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican (https://goo.gl/WJsfbH ) reports that the director of the Interior Department’s Office of Indian Gaming said a provision in compacts proposed for four other tribes could prevent the Fort Still Apache Tribe from opening a casino.

Office director Paula Hart told a legislator that the provision might violate the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act because the Fort Sill Apaches’ land falls outside a provision on eligible land.

However, Martinez aide Jessica Hernandez says the provision doesn’t affect tribes that aren’t parties to the compacts and that each tribe can propose its own compact.

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