SANTA FE, N.M.—Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday ordered state police to block access to a high-stakes bingo parlor built in southern New Mexico by Oklahoma's Fort Sill Apache Tribe.
Richardson said he was forced to take action after receiving no assurances from the federal government that it would either approve or reject the tribe's plans for a gaming operation at the 30-acre site at Akela.
"We have emphatically stated our opposition to what clearly would be an illegal gaming operation in the state of New Mexico," Richardson said in a statement. "Because the federal government is abdicating its responsibility, I have no choice but to take immediate and forceful action to protect the citizens of New Mexico and the integrity of our gaming laws."