The Pueblo of Tesuque Tribal Council mulls over a new casino off Highway 84/285, right next to the Santa Fe Opera.
Tesuque Pueblo Gov. Mark Mitchell confirmed that the casino has been thought of for years. He believes that the casino would bolster education funding on the reservation, as well as bring jobs and local development to the area.
The new casino is expected to have 750 slots and table games in the first phase and is expected to open by fall 2018. The tribe also plans a hotel and resort amenities in a later phase.
According to Pueblo official’s statement, the upcoming casino will be timeless, and unlike others in the region of New Mexico. The development will inject fresh energy into the gaming operations of the tribe.
Santa Fe Opera General Manager Charles Mackay said that there have been discussions on the location of the casino right next to the opera house, for about a year. He assured that they are hopeful for an open dialogue, ready for whatever may come. He added that people come to experience Santa Fe Opera as it is unlike any other place boasting pristine setting, beautiful acoustics and sweeping views. However, he raised a concern that it is the element of the unknown at the moment.
According to the Pueblo officials, New Mexico firms Bradbury Stamm, Dekker Perich Sabatini Bohanan Houston and Souder Miller and Associations would be a part of the casino's development.
The tribe also operates Camel Rock Casino in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains which it plans to close when the new development opens. Mark Mitchell of the tribe said as a tribal government, they have a responsibility to the members and are striving to meet those needs as best as can through a dialogue.
Pueblos are modern and old communities of Native Americans. Tesuque is a part of the Santa Fe, New Mexico.