Reader 09/08/2023 (Fri) 07:51 Id: 38c89b No.21419 del
After coughing up unreported “fees” to the state house, the “charitable” governor promised to return a small part of their former territory, between a pecan orchard in Akela and the shadow of a half-moon shaped mountain. Thrilled by the promise of partial restoration of their homeland, the tribe purchased kitchen equipment, lounge furniture and slot machines in eager anticipation of return to the homeland. On the day of the grand opening, however, federal agents and state police cordoned off their rudimentary building and parking lot, blocked I-10, for a siege and demanded the tribe turn over their “illegal” slot machines.

What ensued was an armed standoff, with the Apaches swearing to retain their rightful property to the death rather than surrender again. To this day, two decades later, the slots are still locked inside a storage closet at the Chiricahua band’s recently completed Travel Center and gas station, located off I-10 between Deming and Las Cruces. The truck stop has an excellent hot dog roller and refreshing local beverages for the wayfarer, and best of all an astounding photo collection of Geronimo and the Chiricahua band in their prime as desert warriors. Meanwhile, during the siege at Akela, the great governor was nowhere to be seen, except perhaps by his banker at a nearby ATM.