January 11, 1997 |
A federal appeals court ruled that New Mexico's Indian casinos are illegal but may remain open temporarily. The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver affirmed the ruling of a lower court that the 1995 state-tribal compacts that authorized the casinos were invalid. But the 32-page order included a stay "pending final resolution of this matter, either in this court or the United States Supreme Court" that would allow the 11 casinos to remain open.
July 28, 1996 |
U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez in Santa Fe ruled that casinos on Indian reservations in New Mexico can remain open while an appeals court considers whether they are operating illegally, attorneys said. The decision averted a showdown between 11 tribes and federal agents preparing to enforce a court order that would shut the casinos. Tribal attorney Richard Hughes called on legislators to endorse an agreement between the tribes and Gov. Gary Johnson that initially allowed the casinos to open.
January 20, 1996 |
The U.S. attorney in New Mexico on Friday suspended his ultimatum to seize American Indian gambling assets on Monday, in return for a promise from tribal leaders to drop a lawsuit against such a move and not to blockade vital state highways. U.S. Atty. John Kelly and nine tribes operating casinos ended their standoff in order to allow a federal judge to rule on the legality of compacts signed by Republican Gov. Gary Johnson that permitted Las Vegas-style gambling on the reservations.
January 13, 1997 |
A suspected national bookmaking ring that authorities say took in at least $1 million a week in illegal bets was broken up Sunday by a law enforcement task force that arrested 10 people in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Las Vegas and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The arrests occurred shortly before the first of Sunday's two National Football League conference championship games, which traditionally generate millions in legal and illegal betting.