Created: 07/24/2014 7:27 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Pojoaque Pueblo has proposed a gambling compact to the federal government that would allow the tribe to stop revenue sharing payments to the state.
The Interior Department has asked Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King to comment on Pojoaque's proposals for casino gambling on tribal lands north of Santa Fe.
The pueblo's compact with the state expires in mid-2015. The tribe is seeking a new compact through a procedure that would allow the Interior secretary to decide terms of a gambling agreement.
Currently, New Mexico tribes pay the state a share of slot-machine proceeds.
Pojoaque also proposes serving alcohol in casino gambling areas, which is currently prohibited.
Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said the proposed compact would give Pojoaque a competitive advantage over its neighboring tribes.
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