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Resource ID: #15716
Subject: Native Americans
Source: Texas Monthly
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Date: Aug-99

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Texas Monthly reports how "Officially, the issue tearing apart West Texas' largest Native American tribe is one of lineage: who is and is not a member. But the real dispute is over money - earned in unimaginable amounts at the casino on their reservation and coveted by rival factions willing to risk everything....whose casino generates, by the most conservative of estimates, a $60 million tax-free windfall each year. It is a staggering reversal of fortune, an upset in power unprecedented in this corner of the state...Only a generation ago, the Tigua were living in mud huts that they lit with kerosene lamps, scavenging food from the city dump, and walking the streets of El Paso barefoot."

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