SANTA FE — Pojoaque Pueblo leaders have agreed to sign a new gambling compact with New Mexico after years of fighting back against the state’s attempts to increase its share of revenue from the tribe’s casinos.
The pueblo, previously paying an 8 percent share of “net win” from slot machines, will now pay a higher rate, probably starting at 9 percent and ranging up to 10.75 percent over the next two decades.
Pojoaque’s gambling compact had expired in 2015 and its leaders have refused to sign off on new compacts that other New Mexico tribes agreed to.
In April, a federal appeals court upheld an earlier ruling that required Pojoaque to negotiate a compact with Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration, not the U.S. Interior Department — in effect mandating the pueblo to agree to the state’s terms.