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Senate rejects Navajo gambling compact

February 20, 2014 • Business


Ben Shelly, the President of the Navajo Nation, left, and Lorenzo Bates, Navajo Council Delegate walk outside the New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The state Senate rejected a proposed gambling compact that would have allowed the Navajos to open three additional casinos over 15 years. The compact needed approval of the Legislature and the U.S. Interior Department to take effect. The Navajos currently have two Las Vegas-style casinos in New Mexico under a compact expiring next year. The state House of Representatives had approved the proposed tribal-state gambling agreement on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Barry Massey)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have dealt a setback to the Navajo Nation by rejecting a gambling compact that would have allowed the state’s largest American Indian tribe to open three additional casinos.

The Senate voted 31-10 against the agreement Wednesday, which the House had approved the day before.

The compact required approval of the Legislature and the U.S. Interior Department to take effect.

Navajo President Ben Shelly expressed bitter disappointment and said the Navajos would consider their options, including possible legal Login to read more

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