A dream comes true for Pojoaque Pueblo

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By Roger Snodgrass

POJOAQUE – Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino officially opened under a gentle rain near midday on Wednesday.

George Rivera, tribal governor for the Pueblo of Pojoaque, said it was a blessing, just like the rain that fell on Aug. 12, when the complex held its “soft” opening,” at least two months ahead of schedule and in time for Indian Market, the biggest tourist attraction for the region.

Rain is a propitious sign in an arid land.

Rivera dedicated Buffalo Thunder to the tribal members “past, present and future.”

Construction began on the 586-acre site at the beginning of last year, but there were other beginnings that figure into the story.

The pueblo cites archeological evidence that their Tewa-speaking ancestors have inhabited the area for at least a thousand years.

There are currently 386 enrolled tribal members who live on the land that now sports a $280 million-or-so Las-Vegas-style hotel casino and recreational destination with 395 rooms, golf courses, restaurants, boutiques and vast halls for banquets and entertainment.

Rivera recalled the last hundred years, which included a period when the pueblo was abandoned and then slowly reconstituted.

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