Proposed Casino in Anthony, NM Discussed
POSTED: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 9:34pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 9:40am
ANTHONY, NM - Talk of a possible casino near Anthony, NM has flared up again.
A public forum was held Monday night to discuss the pros and cons.
The Jemez Pueblo Indian Tribe has been trying to open a casino in the Anthony area for several years.
The original proposal was shot down in 2008 by the Bush Administration but the Obama Administration has since re-considered.
Dozens showed up Monday night at the Women's Intercultural Center in Anthony to discuss what a new casino would bring to the area.
The tribe is trying to build the casino on 70 acres of land near Anthony.
Proponents of the project claim the casino would bring about 950 permanent jobs to the area, in addition to the 500 contruction jobs that would be created while it's being built.
The forum was the public's chance to ask questions about the project.
"There's a lot of issues that have been brought up in regards to this project by our opposition," Jemez Tribe member Benny Shendo Jr. said. "We just wanna make sure we tell our story and correct any of those inaccuracies that have been put out there by our opposition."
The concern that killed the issue back in 2008 was the tribe's proximity to the proposed site.
The tribe's land is between Albuquerque and Sante Fe.
Some say that's too far away to provide jobs for the Jemez people.
A final recommendation on the project from the Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected by early next year.