In the popular Dr. Seuss book, Horton Hears A Who, the elephant Horton needs the help of all of Whoville, a small community on a clover flower, to help save their community from destruction.
The mayor said to the Whoville community, “You’ve got to prove that you really are there! So call a big meeting. Get everyone out. Make every Who holler! Make every Who shout! We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts! So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”
I think this parable is relevant to Deming’s future economic opportunity and the jobs the Apache Homelands casino will bring to the region.
While the Fort Sill Apache Tribe is moving forward with the federal government to gain approval for the Apache Homelands casino, now would be a good time to tell your elected officials what you want. This fall, we encourage you to call or email the Governor’s office and request a meeting with the Governor or her staff. Tell the Governor how important this casino project is to the future of our southwestern New Mexico community and economy.
The support that we have received through letters and petition signatures has been huge, but we still need more help to move this project into action. While we are working to persuade the Governor and other federal officials to approve this economic milestone for Luna County, every voice and opinion matters and can help us move forward. As citizens, it is your right to voice your support and your opinion.
With our application sent to the federal government for approval and our required environmental reviews complete, the next step in building the Apache Homelands casino is telling the government how vital this project is to the local economy.
Now, the Fort Sill Apache need your help and support to convince the government to approve the Apache Homelands casino.
Any efforts to meet with the Governor or her staff will have an impact, just as Horton the elephant had on saving the unseen town of Whoville. Please set up a meeting for yourself and your friends and neighbors. To set up a meeting with the Governor, call 505-476-2200 or fill out a meeting request form here: http://governor.state.nm.us/Meeting_Request.aspx.
In setting up a meeting, mention that it will be in regards to economic development or Indian affairs.
These meetings can be coordinated through our casino manager, Gary Meyers. Gary can be reached at 575-694-2290 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous