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A full house at the press conference
A full house at the press conference

Investors Unveil Racetrack Plans

Investors unveiled plans for a $108 million professional racetrack in St. Lawrence County yesterday. They said the project was in its preliminary stages. As David Sommerstein reports, it could be years before a racecar roars across the finish line.  Go to full article

Brasher Exits Mohawk Land Claim Deal

The deal to settle the 23-year-old Mohawk land claim has hit another stumbling block. Last week, the town of Brasher voted to withdraw from the settlement. That's a problem because almost a quarter of land offered the Mohawks is in Brasher. The St. Lawrence and Franklin County legislatures plan to meet in joint session to discuss the land claim next week. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Reverse Casino Plans, Again

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is changing its plans for a casino in the Catskills again. In a letter to the federal government, two of three tribal chiefs said they are abandoning a gaming project at Kutcher's resort in favor of another one they had left behind five years ago. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Re-Submits Mohawk Land Claim Bill

Governor George Pataki is re-introducing a bill in the state legislature that would settle the Akwesasne Mohawks' 23-year-old land claim in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Mohawk Land Claim: State Entices Counties With Cash

The Franklin County legislature yesterday threw its support behind Governor Pataki's settlement to the 23-year old Mohawk land claim. St. Lawrence County is expected to do the same tonight. It's an about face for both counties, who had opposed the deal when it was announced last month. As David Sommerstein reports, the state more than quadrupled its compensation package to local communities.  Go to full article

Wisconsin Oneidas Eye Antwerp Land

The plot continues to thicken in Governor Pataki's efforts to resolve land claims in New York with native tribes. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin may acquire 1000 acres of state forest land in Jefferson County as a part of a settlement. As David Sommerstein reports, the Nation would be prohibited from developing the land commercially.  Go to full article

Gambling Opponents Criticize Senate Casino Hearings

Anti-gambling activists say the state Senate is excluding them from hearings on whether to build five new gambling casinos in the Catskills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Coalition Calls For Gambling Moratorium

Among the top issues on Governor Pataki's agenda in 2005 will be forging ahead on building native-owned casinos in the Catskills. The Governor says the gaming resorts will help resolve decades-old tribal land claims in New York and generate revenue to plug the wide budget gap. A new statewide coalition, including a North Country group, wants to stop the spread of all kinds of gambling in New York. As David Sommerstein reports, the groups will start by lobbying on the legislature's first day back in session.  Go to full article

Sorting Out Land Claim, Casino Deals

In the past month, Governor Pataki has announced four deals with native tribes to resolve land claims and build casino resorts in the Catskills. Three of those agreements are with tribes from outside New York. A fifth casino deal could pop up if the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe approves a proposed land claim settlement. The deals push the number of casino plans beyond the number approved by the legislature. The Governor wants the legislature to accommodate the new plans. Martha Foley talks with David Sommerstein to sort it all out.  Go to full article

Mohawks, State Reach Tentative Land Claims Deal

The three tribal councils that govern the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena yesterday announced a proposed settlement with New York State to end the 22 year-old Mohawk land claim. The councils represent the American, Canadian, and traditional constituencies in Akwesasne.
Under the deal, the state and federal governments would pay the Mohawks $100 million to compensate for land in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties taken illegally in the early 1800s. The tribe would get Long Sault and Croil Islands on the St. Lawrence River, a 215 acre parcel on Massena Point, and the right to buy more than 13,000 acres of land within the claim area from willing sellers. The Mohawks would also get low-cost power, free SUNY tuition, and aboriginal hunting and fishing rights. Non-native towns would share a $10 million fund to compensate for lost tax revenues.
The agreement will now go before the Mohawk community for a referendum on November 27th. In a prepared statement, a spokesman for Governor Pataki said he was "encouraged by the good faith efforts being made by all sides to resolve this long-standing, historic dispute."
The proposed settlement is different from a deal reached last year by a previous tribal council in several key ways. David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Chief Jim Ransom of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.  Go to full article

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