Fort Sill Apache celebrate reservation anniversary

November 17, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One year after being granted reservation status in New Mexico, the Fort Sill Apache raised their flag Friday on their 30-acre plot in the Akela Flats of southern New Mexico. But tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous says it will likely take generations to re-establish a true presence on tribal homelands.

That remains contingent, however, on resolution of the tribe’s longstanding battle to build a casino on the reservation, and there has been little progress in the last year.

The casino is necessary for the tribe to be able to make money to expand the reservation and create the jobs necessary to lure tribal members back, Haozous said in a telephone interview.

But Gov. Susana Martinez opposes the casino, saying the tribe promised it would not establish gambling Login to read more

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