Judge rules against Fort Sill Apache casino in New Mexico

New Mexico

MESCALERO, N.M. (Headlight) — A federal judge has ruled against the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. The tribe has long sought to operate a casino in New Mexico.

The Deming Headlight reports U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle upheld a decision by the National Indian Gaming Commission that the Fort Sill Apache was not eligible to game in the southwestern state.

Fort Sill is a federally recognized tribe located in Oklahoma that has land at Akela Flats, located 18 miles east of Deming.

Fort Sill tried to open a small casino on the land in 2008 after it was donated to the tribe in the 1990s. 

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