The Albany Times-Union is reporting today that Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a constitutional amendment that would open the door to non-tribal casinos in New York.
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Aug 22, 2003 — 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
Jun 20, 2003 — 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
Jun 19, 2003 — 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
May 28, 2003 — 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
Apr 10, 2003 — 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
Apr 09, 2003 — 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
Mar 07, 2003 — 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
May 15, 2002 — The State Supreme Court ruled earlier this month to invalidate the St. Regis Mohawks' casino compact. Plaintiffs see the decision as a crucial step to stem the tide of gambling in New York. Tribal officials are beginning to question the Governor's ability to negotiate on a range of native issues. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article