State of Texas wants to end all gaming at Speaking Rock for good

El Paso News

The State of Texas wants the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Tribal Council to agree on ending all gaming at Speaking Rock Casino, but the Tigua tribe is far from agreeing to those terms.

A Feb. 14 summary judgment by U.S. District Judge Philip Martinez of El Paso ruled the machine games and bingo held at Speaking Rock violated state law. The Tiguas had been previously barred from offering casino-type games. 

Both the state of Texas and the Tiguas had until Friday to send the court a proposed permanent injunction for the court to consider. 

According to documents filed in federal court, Texas is asking the Tiguas to accept being forbidden from permitting, promoting, or operating gambling activities on the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s reservation or any other property they own.

The state’s proposal would prohibit the following:

  • Machines that dispense cash, tickets or tokens
  • Machines that can be played for more than three four-hour occasions per week or four hours at a time
  • Bingo offered for more than three four-hour occasions per week or four hours at a time
  • Card-minders

Meanwhile, the Tiguas are refusing to offer a proposed permanent injunction, arguing that doing so would forfeit their right to an appeal to the Feb. 14 ruling.

They also believe a permanent injunction is unnecessary because the court order is enough. 

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