NEW MEXICO APPROVES INDIAN GAMBLING

November 24, 2001 11:18 PM
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Gambling in New Mexico has been cleared to continue.

Federal officials approved gaming compacts between the state and tribal governments that will allow the Indians to continue operating casinos and sharing revenues.

State Attorney General Patricia Madrid said the tribes will provide $90 million in revenue for this year's New Mexico budget and about $25 million annually through 2015.

Stuwart Paisano, governor of the Sandia Pueblo, said that money from the tribe's casino pays for programs in health, law enforcement and social services.