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Mohawks caught in tribal casino debate

The St. Regis Mohawks are closer than ever to building a massive casino resort in the Catskills. The $600 million gambling and entertainment complex would become the closest casino to New York City. The project has passed an environmental review. The tribe has negotiated a gaming compact with Governor Spitzer. Yet the casino application has languished on one very important desk in Washington. As David Sommerstein reports, the Mohawks may be caught in the middle of a broader debate on tribal gaming's future.  Go to full article

Mohawk Catskills casino takes major step

Another big step forward for the St. Regis Mohawks' casino in the Catskills. Monday Governor Spitzer announced an agreement with tribal chiefs on a gaming compact. As David Sommerstein reports, the deal brings the Mohawks closer than ever to tapping the lucrative New York City gaming market.  Go to full article

Mohawk casino closer, sort of

2007 begins with the St. Regis Mohawk tribe in the lead to reach a long-awaited prize -- a gaming resort in the Catskill mountains, closer than any other casino to New York City. But don't expect to belly up to the blackjack tables too soon. David Sommerstein explains.  Go to full article
The Akwesasne Mohawk casino
The Akwesasne Mohawk casino

Mohawk chief lays out casino plans

On Wednesday the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announced a 100 million dollar expansion of its Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Details are still fuzzy. But plans call for a hotel, stores, up to eight restaurants, maybe even a water park. The Mohawk Bingo Palace, now located down the road, will also be folded into the facility. The tribe says the projects will double casino-related employment to some 1400 jobs. Jim Ransom is one of three Mohawk chiefs. Big plans in Akwesasne, especially ones related to gambling, have a history of fizzling out due to divisions between the tribal government and traditionalists. But Ransom told David Sommerstein he thinks the need for change is clear.  Go to full article
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

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