NPT Capitol: Tiguas take a gamble on El Paso Days
Press release this morning from the office of state Rep. Norma Chavez:
CHÁVEZ FILES LEGISLATION TO RE-OPEN SPEAKING ROCK CASINO
House Bill will be one of several legislative initiatives to re-open Speaking Rock
AUSTIN – State Representative Norma Chávez (D-El Paso) will file legislation that will allow Speaking Rock Casino in El Paso to re-open. Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s leadership, along with business and community leaders from El Paso, are in Austin hosting “El Paso Days”, an event to promote El Paso’s legislative agenda. Re-opening Speaking Rock is one of the legislative priorities for El Paso. A press conference will be held today.
“There is no day better than today to highlight the importance that Ysleta del Sur Pueblo has in our region,” Rep. Chávez said. “The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua Indians have been tremendous economic partners, as a community we stand united behind the Tribe’s efforts to re-open Speaking Rock Casino.”
The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo is the oldest community in the state and is one of 3 federally recognized tribes in Texas. From 1993 until 2001, the Tribe operated Speaking Rock Casino. The opportunities and benefits created by the casino helped strengthen and improve all of El Paso. Over $800 million dollars flowed through the local economy.
“We are here to work with the Legislature in any way that we can to restore the Tribe’s right to self-determination,” Gov. Frank Paiz said. “We are pleased by Rep. Chávez’s filing, and look forward to earning the support of members in the Legislature.”