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Mohawk Catskills Casino Will Have Company

On the heels of the largest expansion of gambling in New York State history, the St. Regis Mohawks have announced plans to break ground on their casino in the Catskills by the end of next year. David Sommerstein reports the tribe wasn't surprised by the legislative action, but news they may not be the only game in town did catch them off guard.  Go to full article

Opposition to Gambling Expansion on Senate Floor

There was some strongly-worded opposition on the Senate floor yesterday to a gambling package approved by state legislators. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Powerball Lottery and Native Casinos to Settle Budget Woes

New York state lawmakers passed bills that will greatly expand gambling in New York and finally settle the state budget. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Albany Looks to Expanded Gambling for Funds

New York state lawmakers are very close to an agreement on a major expansion of gambling in New York. They say they need the money it will generate to help pay for the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

New York May Join Powerball Lottery

New Yorkers might find it easier to play the Powerball multi-state lottery game. State lawmakers are considering letting the state join in the game. But not all legislators are happy about that. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Casino Talks Continue

Governor Pataki denies that a casino deal for the Catskills is imminent, but he says talks with the St. Regis Mohawk tribe are continuing. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Slot Machine Constitutionality Questioned

Questions linger over whether New York State's constitution allows slot machines. An attorney, hired by anti-gambling groups, may find out in court. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Governor okays casinos in Niagara Falls and Buffalo

Last week Governor Pataki made a surprise announcement to allow Seneca Nation casinos in Niagara Falls and Buffalo. David Sommerstein reports the St. Regis Mohawks don't think the move will hurt their own casino plans.  Go to full article

Fractured Family

Illegal gambling casinos flourished on the St. Regis Mohawk reservation in the 1980s. But the issue of gambling and how it fit into Mohawk traditions and laws, and state and federal law, deeply divided the community there.
Two hundred New York State Police officers raided the casinos in mid-July 1989. They blockaded the reservation, restricting traffic on and off the reserve.
An armed ad hoc Mohawk security force, the Warrior Society, emerged.
Gunfire became common, directed at the power supply of a casino, or at the patrol car of police known to oppose gambling. Within months, most of the gambling halls were open again. Under an agreement worked out between tribal leaders, the Warriors and Gov. Mario Cuomo, state police didn't venture onto Mohawk territory without checking in with the Warrior Society.
The bitter dispute continued. It came to a head in May of 1990, when gunfire killed two Mohawks, bringing New York and Canadian police onto the territory en masse.
In early 1990, North Country Public Radio aired an hour long documentary we called "The Fractured Family: Gambling at Akwesasne," after extensive interviews and research inside and outside the Mohawk community, and its traditional and non-traditional factions. The Fractured Family was written and produced by Pat McKeown and Martha Foley. Production engineer was Beverly Hickman.  Go to full article

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