, tribal councilman and chairman of the Jemez Enterprise Management Board
, said he
hopes that if any law is enacted prohibiting the development of off-reservation casinos, a grandfather clause would allow current plans to go forward.
Jemez officials chose southern New Mexico for the casino site instead of the Jemez Pueblo reservation 50 miles north of Albuquerque because of the larger population that surrounds Anthony and the absence of casinos in the area.Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino is just a few miles from the proposed project.
"We're bending over backward to get this casino going because we're looking into the future," Chinana
The proposed Anthony casino, which could be under construction in as soon as 2007, would employ 950 people and create additional jobs through small-business development and contract work, Chinana
The casino would provide economic opportunities for Anthony similar to those provided by the casino on the Jemez Pueblo reservation near Albuquerque, he
The proposed casino has encountered both support and opposition.