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TIGUAS LOSE BATTLE WITH TEXAS

Jan 18, 2002 11:39 PM

The State of Texas won a long-standing battle with the Tiguas tribe that resulted in the closing of Speaking Rock Casino.

"It turned my stomach to hear about it because there are a lot of jobs at stake," El Paso County Judge Dolores Briones said of the decision made by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

"The livelihood of the tribe and the economic future of the valley rested on that," she said.

Closing the estimated $60 million a year enterprise could result in a loss of 2,200 jobs citywide, according to the El Paso Times report.

State attorney general John Cornyn, who sued the Tiguas over the casino in 1999, said he was obligated to take action against illegal activity in Texas.