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NEW MEXICO PUSHING FOR NEW GAMBLING PACT

Nov 15, 2001 11:42 PM

The New Mexico governor's office has built a point-by-point argument that will attempt to persuade federal officials to approve a new state-tribal gambling compact.

The Albuquerque Tribune reported that David McCumber, the governor's top negotiator, has outlined a "win-win" situation for tribes and the state in New Mexico's booming gambling industry.

The Interior Department has until Nov. 23 to approve or reject the new compact.

New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and the 10 tribes and pueblos have signed the new compact.