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Lawmakers Ratify Casino Compact, 11 Years Later

In last minute action yesterday, the Assembly ratified the St. Regis Mohawks' compact for its casino in Akwesasne near Massena. The compact was drawn up in 1993 between then-Governor Mario Cuomo and tribal officials, but it was nullified by a court of appeals ruling last year that said the full legislature needed to approve it. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Disecting the Cayuga Land Claim & Casino Deal

Last week Governor Pataki and the Cayuga Nation, based in the Finger Lakes region, announced an agreement in principle on land claims and a casino in the Catskills. New York would pay the Cayugas $247.9 million to settle its decades old land claim lawsuit. The money would come from the state's share of gaming revenues from a casino resort the Cayugas would build in the Catskills. The Cayugas could then use that money to buy up to 10,000 acres of land. The deal would also establish tax parity between Cayuga-owned gas and tobacco stores and non-native stores. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, near Massena, signed a similar pact just over a year ago. But a tribal referendum killed the deal. David Sommerstein spoke with Jon Parmenter, a history professor at Cornell University and an expert in Iroquois history and politics. He says there are important differences between the Mohawk and Cayuga situations.  Go to full article

Critics Question Need for More Gambling Outlets

Governor Pataki has proposed putting more gambling parlors in New York to fund education. The first gambling "racino" in Saratoga Springs, is a financial success so far, but critics say it and other betting outlets will cause more New Yorkers to become problem gamblers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks to Share Gaming Profits with NY

St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Jim Ransom says sharing slot machine revenues with New York State is a good business decision for the tribe. The Mohawks would share up to 25 percent of potential profits from slot machine gambling at their Akwesasne Mohawk Casino near Massena, under an accord announced last week.  Go to full article

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

St. Lawrence County Couple Wins Millions in Lottery

Nancy and Kendrick Grimshaw were millionaires for a while and didn't even know it. The couple from St. Lawrence County are the winners of $5,000,000 from a scratch-off ticket they bought nearly a month ago. Jody Tosti has more on the story.  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

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
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
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

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