The Tigua Indians have pressed their fight against state pressure to close their casino in El Paso.
Texas Attorney General John Cornyn was visiting El Paso to discuss the city's Better Business Bureau programs with local business leaders and did not meet with the Tiguas.
The Tiguas have operated the Speaking Rock Casino in east El Paso for the past eight years. Cornyn is running for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat occupied by the retiring Phil Gramm.
"There's a lot of unemployment and there's not any benefits for the unemployed," said Ester Guzman, who gambles at the casino and lives nearby.