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Mohawks Reverse Casino Plans, Again

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is changing its plans for a casino in the Catskills again. In a letter to the federal government, two of three tribal chiefs said they are abandoning a gaming project at Kutcher's resort in favor of another one they had left behind five years ago. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ironworkers to Picket SLU Job

Some North Country ironworkers plan to picket during family weekend at St. Lawrence University. The local union says work to erect the steel skeleton of the new science building was given to out-of-state workers. The university says it has nothing to do with the hiring process. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
<i>The Education of the Haudenosaunee</i> (portion) by Katsitsionni Fox
The Education of the Haudenosaunee (portion) by Katsitsionni Fox

Iroquois Art Follows & Challenges History

An exhibit at the Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University explores the past, present, and future of the Iroquois Confederacy through the eyes of its members. It's called Following in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors: An Exhibition of Hotinonshonni Contemporary Art. 'Hotinonshonni' is the Onondaga word for the Iroquois Confederacy. A gallery reception and discussion is scheduled for Thursday night at 7. David Sommerstein took a gallery tour with curators, Sue Ellen Hearne, program coordinator at the Akwesasne Museum, and artist Katsitsionni Fox.  Go to full article

SU Gives Full Scholarships to Iroquois Students

Syracuse University is welcoming 35 Native American students for its first day of classes today. That number is likely to jump significantly next year. Beginning in 2006, SU will offer full scholarships to any member of an Iroquois tribe, including the Akwesasne Mohawks. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Cayuga Decision Clouds Mohawk Claim

The ruling on the Cayuga land claim could also endanger the Akwesasne Mohawks claim to 22,000 acres of land in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties. That case was almost settled. The Mohawks stood to get $100 million, the right to double the size of its reservation near Massena, and the first chance to build a casino in the Catskills. The state Assembly, both county legislatures, and three Mohawk tribal councils have all signed off on the deal. Governor Pataki was prepared to sign it into law when the State Senate failed to act last week. Jim Ransom, chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, says he's disappointed with the latest turn of events. To learn more about the federal court's ruling on the Cayuga land claim, David Sommerstein spoke with Robert Odawi Porter. He's a law professor at Syracuse University and directs the Center for Indigenous Law, Governance, and Citizenship. Porter says the Cayuga decision is derived from the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding the Oneida Nation. That one said the Oneidas are not immune from taxation on land it had bought in central New York.  Go to full article

Wisconsin Oneidas Eye Antwerp Land

The plot continues to thicken in Governor Pataki's efforts to resolve land claims in New York with native tribes. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin may acquire 1000 acres of state forest land in Jefferson County as a part of a settlement. As David Sommerstein reports, the Nation would be prohibited from developing the land commercially.  Go to full article

Coalition Calls For Gambling Moratorium

Among the top issues on Governor Pataki's agenda in 2005 will be forging ahead on building native-owned casinos in the Catskills. The Governor says the gaming resorts will help resolve decades-old tribal land claims in New York and generate revenue to plug the wide budget gap. A new statewide coalition, including a North Country group, wants to stop the spread of all kinds of gambling in New York. As David Sommerstein reports, the groups will start by lobbying on the legislature's first day back in session.  Go to full article

Mohawks Proceed on Land Claim Deal

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe was awaiting word last night on a request to stay the 22-year old Mohawk land claim court case. The request comes after the traditional government in Akwesasne failed to approve a proposed settlement of the lawsuit, but it did throw its support behind two other tribal councils to pursue the deal. David Sommerstein explains.  Go to full article

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

Locals Speak Out Against Land Claim Deal

The St. Lawrence County legislature is expected to oppose a proposed settlement of the 22-year old Mohawk land claim. Legislators complain they weren't consulted before the deal was made public. At a finance committee meeting last night, lawmakers put off taking formal action against the deal. According to the Watertown Daily Times, the full Board will consider a resolution and a list of concerns about the settlement on Monday.
The agreement between three Mohawk councils and Governor Pataki still must be approved by tribal members by referendum on November 27th. The leaders of towns in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties that would be affected by the settlement are also speaking out. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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