Attorney General John Cornyn says the state will go to court in July to try to shut down the Speaking Rock Casino, owned and operated by the tribe. The state contends slot machines and card games at the casino on the tribe's southeast El Paso reservation are prohibited by Texas law. The Tiguas argue that the State Lottery Act allows for those games of chance. "The question is whether the Tiguas may legally operate a casino in Texas,'' Jane Dees, a spokeswoman for the attorney general, said Feb. 5. "We believe the answer is no.'' She said Cornyn believes it is a simple case. Tribal spokesman Marc Schwartz said the Tiguas are looking forward to resolving the issue. "Texas is already a gambling state,'' Schwartz said. "It has a variety of different laws providing for a variety of different gambling. Our law is modeled exactly after the Texas act.'' Tigua attorney.
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