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AP: Tiguas told to shut slots

From the Associated Press:

A federal judge says El Paso’s Tigua (TEE’-wah) tribe must shut down its gift-card awarding slot machines.

U.S. District Judge Harry Hudspeth ruled yesterday that the electronic and sweepstakes games at the tribe’s Speaking Rock Casino in east El Paso violate a 2001 court order that closed the once-lucrative casino.

See the story on the Dallas Morning News site.


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Makes me wonder if the Tiguas are being punished for having the audacity to bring a lawsuit claiming ownership of all of El Paso county and beyond.

    Most are probably unaware of the lawsuit but it shows up on title policies when one buys a house or other real property. ten years ago the title insurance companies would exclude coverage against the Tigua claim, but today, most but not all have deleted this exclusion.

    I fully believe that Tigua gaming was and is illegal, and also that law enforcement may have continued to look the other way had the lawsuit been withdrawn or never filed.

    I don’t fault the Tiguas as they’ve been screwed enough by their lawyers and other business partners, and I assume the land lawsuit is just one more screw job.

    It is time for the Tiguas to get smart, dissolve the suit, stop pissing away legal fees, and rejoin the community. Then, maybe things will go their way.


    August 7, 2009 at 7:27 am

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