Gaming compact breaks through latest hurdle
By Colleen Keane and Andrew Curley
SANTA FE, N.M., Feb. 6, 2014
(Colleen Keane - Special to the Times)
Previously, the committee had amended the compact to restrict the Nation to its current three casinos.
Arriving early, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and his wife Martha Shelly sat in the front row of the third floor committee room at the state capitol building. Showing their support, several Fire Rock casino staff members sat behind them wearing bright turquoise T- shirts with "Navajo Gaming" imprinted on the front and the insignias of all the Nation's casinos on the back.
"This is a great day for New Mexico," said Sen. John Pinto (D-District 3) during a press conference after the vote came down.
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