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Sorting Out Land Claim, Casino Deals

In the past month, Governor Pataki has announced four deals with native tribes to resolve land claims and build casino resorts in the Catskills. Three of those agreements are with tribes from outside New York. A fifth casino deal could pop up if the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe approves a proposed land claim settlement. The deals push the number of casino plans beyond the number approved by the legislature. The Governor wants the legislature to accommodate the new plans. Martha Foley talks with David Sommerstein to sort it all out.  Go to full article

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

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

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 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
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

Mohawks' Catskills Casino Faces Many Obstacles

For nearly a decade, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has been aiming to build a Las Vegas-style casino in the Catskill Mountains, less than a hundred miles away from the lucrative New York City market. In 2001, the tribe seemed closer than ever to success, when New York's legislature authorized six new native-owned casinos. But today, land claims, lawsuits, competing tribes, and secret audio tapes are making a casino project seems more complicated than ever. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Cayuga Nation Partners for Catskills Casino

After years of internal debate, the landless Cayuga Nation is partnering with a developer to build a casino in the Catskills. It's the same developer that was snubbed by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe three years ago. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Tribe to Audit Bingo Palace

Independent auditors will investigate finances this month at the Mohawk Bingo Palace, owned and operated by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. The tribe's spokesperson resigned earlier this year over suspicions of wrong-doing at the gaming operation. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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