SPEAKING ROCK WILL RETAIN ITS VOICE

November 30, 2001 12:10 AM
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Speaking Rock is still alive.

The Tigua Indians casino, based in El Paso, was given a six-week stay by a three-judge panel in Texas.

The ruling overturned a federal appeals court decision that ordered the gaming venue to cease operations by Friday.

"Everybody is very excited that the 5th (Circuit) Court of Appeals has granted our motion for stay and they've recognized our sovereignty issue," Tigua Gov. Albert Alvidrez told the El Paso Times.

The sovereignty issue has been the heart of the legal battle. Oral arguments for the case are scheduled to be heard Jan. 9.