SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Two New Mexico tribes have approached the governor about gambling compacts, making for a crowded field in the world of Native American gambling operations.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that officials with the Zuni Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo said Friday that fewer federal and state funds and the economy’s downturn factored into their decision.
Both tribes sent letters to Gov. Susana Martinez in January expressing their interest.
According to New Mexico law, the state must negotiate gambling compacts with every tribe that requests it.
While there is no limit to the number of casinos, the resulting negotiations must be approved by the Legislature.
Lawmakers last month rejected a gambling compact that would have allowed the Navajo Nation to open three additional casinos over 15 years.