TRIBE SAYS ITS READY TO COME BACK TO NEW MEXICO 04/10/99 After being kicked out of the state as prisoners of war, the Chiricahua Apache tribe is now ready to return to New Mexico following nearly a century of exile in Oklahoma. The tribe hopes that gaming will pave the road back to their ancestral roaming grounds in southeastern New Mexico. It is planning to build a casino 20 miles east of Deming where it recently acquired some land. Many in the tribe _ now known as the Fort Sill Apaches _ were born and raised in rural southern Oklahoma just north of Lawton and Fort Sill. They were held as prisoners of war by the United States from 1886 to 1913 and later forced to relocate to Oklahoma. "The people of Arizona and New Mexico said they didn't want them there," said Ruey Darrow, chairwoman of the Fort Sill Apache tribe. Tribal members in Oklahoma are not able to make a living off the land because they can't afford farm equipment, the 73-year-old tribal elder said. Darrow said some members can't even afford to bury their relatives. She hopes the new casino _ which would be located on land that was once used as a camp area by Apaches _ would help improve the tribe's financial situation. "They need an economic base to come back to New Mexico," said C.K. Stribling, a Deming area rancher and advisor to the tribe. The prison bell stood sentry, ready to alert the townspeople of an escape. Quechan Indians received $50 for every wayward convict they brought back, and officials punished the recaptured fugitives in the "dark cell." Packing 40,000 items from the 37 rooms at the old History Center in Cedar Rapids, then carting them to a new museum is a mind-boggling task. The public shooting last September of a dealer in the main antique district of Beijing (Liulichang) and of grave robbers in the provinces have not stopped the tide of exports. Macao, which is not handed over to China until next year, has always been a favoured exit route. The "beheading Buddha" marks the site where as many as 200,000 people were beheaded by samurai sword and their heads buried in a shallow mound without cremation. Their bodies apparently were buried elsewhere since only skulls have been found at the site.