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Tribe Sues New Mexico Over Gaming Negotiations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's American Indian tribes is suing the state over failed negotiations concerning its gaming compact.

Pojoaque Pueblo Gov. George Rivera says the agreement being sought by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration would further restrict tribal gambling operations and would increase taxes, fees and other charges.

Rivera says such a compact would not help New Mexico's gaming industry compete with other states, especially since casino revenues have been flat since 2008 and government funding for tribes has diminished.

Pojoaque's current compact expires in June 2015.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in state district court.

Rivera said Tuesday the pueblo intends to continue negotiations with the governor's office for a renewed compact that complies with the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and ensures economic success for future generations.