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NY Lawmakers Seek to Limit Tribal Jurisdiction

Across the country, some native tribes are buying land far from their reservations with the intent of opening gambling ventures there. New York's congressional delegation is proposing a bill that would curtail the practice, which lawmakers are calling "reservation shopping". The legislation stems from a dispute over a bingo hall the Seneca-Cayuga tribe of Oklahoma wants to build in the Finger Lakes area. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Audit Casino Sub-Contractor Debts

State and St. Regis Mohawk tribal officials have agreed on steps toward paying non-native sub-contractors who helped build the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg. But the casino's uncertain legal status is creating a catch-22 of sorts. David Sommerstein explains.  Go to full article
(L to R) Chiefs Maggie Terrance, Barbara Lazore, Jim Ransom, and Sub-Chiefs Andrew Jacobs, Rita Swamp, and Emily Lauzon.
(L to R) Chiefs Maggie Terrance, Barbara Lazore, Jim Ransom, and Sub-Chiefs Andrew Jacobs, Rita Swamp, and Emily Lauzon.

New Mohawk Chiefs Outline Agenda

The new chiefs of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council took the reigns this month at a critical juncture in the tribe's history. They were elected in a tribal election in June. David Sommerstein talks with the chiefs about land claims, casinos, and their relationship with tribal members and other communities in the North Country.  Go to full article

Iroquois Gather to Protest Casino Deals

Members of all six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy will gather tomorrow for the first time in decades. They plan to criticize casino and land claim deals pending in New York and the tribal councils that negotiated them. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Takes No Action on Casino Compact

The state Assembly failed to act on a bill that would have ratified the St. Regis Mohawks? 1993 compact for its Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Franklin County. A Court of Appeals decision recently invalidated the agreement.  Go to full article

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

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