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Ortloff: Tribe Will Pay Non-Native Casino Contractors

Lawmakers in Albany say the St. Regis Mohawk tribe has agreed to pay
non-native companies that helped build the tribe's casino in Franklin County. Assemblyman Chris Ortloff says the tribe will set aside $1.5 million to compensate thirty companies.  Go to full article

Mohawks Return to Polls

Members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will return to the voting booth for a run-off election tomorrow. Two candidates tied for a chief position in an election earlier this month. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Mohawks Urge Lawmakers to Validate Casino Compact

Two St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chiefs and two chiefs-elect were in Albany Tuesday to urge the state legislature to validate a 1993 compact for its Akwesasne Mohawk Casino near Massena. A state Court of Appeals ruling nullified the compact last week.  Go to full article
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg.
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg.

High Court Invalidates Mohawk Casino

New York's highest court ruled yesterday that the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's gaming compact for its Akwesasne Mohawk Casino near Massena is invalid. As David Sommerstein reports, the decision is unlikely to have any immediate effect, but it sets the stage for a face-off over the legality of casinos in New York.  Go to full article

Mohawk Election: An Historical Perspective

David Sommerstein talks with Jon Parmenter, St. Lawrence University professor of history, about the history of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council and what's at stake in Saturday's election.  Go to full article
Campaign placards crowd Rt. 37
Campaign placards crowd Rt. 37

Tribal Election Tests Mohawk Politics

The Mohawks of Akwesasne have reached a defining moment in their history. The tribe is preparing to vote on a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' decades' old land claim and a chance to build a new casino in the Catskills. Some members say it's the best possible deal and they want to move on. But others say they can do much better and heal a divided community in the process. As David Sommerstein reports, a tribal election this Saturday will test the deal's popularity and the tribe's political system.  Go to full article

Tribe Separates Land Claims from Casino/Tax Deal

Facing pressure and protests from critics, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council announced over the weekend it would separate land claims from casino and taxation issues in a sweeping deal signed with Governor Pataki last month. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chiefs
St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chiefs

Tribe Debates Land Claims-Casinos Deal

A complex deal between the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and Governor Pataki got its first public airing on the Akwesasne reservation last week. The pact covers land claims, casinos, and tax parity issues and must be approved by the tribe and a host of state and federal agencies. As David Sommerstein reports, public meetings were poorly attended despite the controversial deal and an upcoming tribal election.  Go to full article

Relief, Mistrust Among Mohawk Neighbors

The announcement of a landmark deal between Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is starting to sink in amongst the tribe's neighbors. The agreement addresses tax parity and casino issues. But in the areas around the Akwesasne reservation near Massena, the big news is a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' claim that New York illegally took 15,000 acres of land in the 18th century. Today non-native residents own that land near the St. Lawrence River in northern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. As David Sommerstein reports, some people are taking things in stride; others with trepidation.  Go to full article
Chief Alma Ransom, Chief Paul Thompson, Sub-Chief John Bigtree, Jr., Sub-Chief Harry Benedict, & Chief Hilda Smoke (absent)
Chief Alma Ransom, Chief Paul Thompson, Sub-Chief John Bigtree, Jr., Sub-Chief Harry Benedict, & Chief Hilda Smoke (absent)

Mohawk Chiefs Talk about Land/Tax/Casino Deal

Mohawk tribal chiefs spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since signing a landmark memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki Monday. If it survives a long approval process, the deal would settle land claims, allow a Mohawk casino in the Catskills, and establish tax parity with non-native convenience stores. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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