SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has sued the federal government to stop the Interior Department from approving a new gambling compact for Pojoaque Pueblo and imposing it on New Mexico.
The governor’s office filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, contending the interior secretary doesn’t have the authority to implement a compact under procedures being followed by Pojoaque after it failed to negotiate a new gambling agreement with the state.
Interior Department spokeswoman Emily Beyer said Friday she could not comment on pending litigation.
Jessica Hernandez, the governor’s deputy chief of staff and attorney, said in a statement that Pojoaque “is attempting to use regulations from the Department of Interior to conduct gaming in a way that is contrary to the Login to read more