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NPT Capitol: Tiguas take a gamble on El Paso Days

Press release this morning from the office of state Rep. Norma Chavez:


House Bill will be one of several legislative initiatives to re-open Speaking Rock

chavezAUSTIN – 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.”



Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 17, 2009 at 7:26 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. The state government should largely stay out of tribal affairs. Infringing upon a sovereign nation is just wrong.

    Wes - PR Distribution

    February 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

  2. Thank you Norma Chavez involved in opening Speaking Rock. I support you!

    Ricardo Armendariz

    February 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm

  3. They can do whatever they want on their reservation. Just put a fence around it and they can gamble within their own community. What happened to the 60 million per year they earned when the casino was in full swing? I guess they forgot to save.


    August 4, 2009 at 3:45 pm

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