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Regent Jim Dawson
Regent Jim Dawson

North Country Regent on School Budgets

While Albany haggles over how to reform education aid, school superintendents have more bad news about their budgets for next year. From Carthage to Crown Point, school budget projections call for teacher cuts, reduced athletic and extracurricular programs, even school closings, while still asking for double digit tax increases. Jim Dawson is the northern New York representative to the state board of Regents, which sets education policy in New York. He spoke with David Sommerstein during a visit to Massena. He says the Regents are calling for an $880 million increase in state aid to schools.  Go to full article

Stores Press Tobacco Tax Collection on Native Lands

Convenience store owners want the state government to collect taxes on cigarettes sold on native lands. They've begun what they say is a grass roots campaign to try to convince the public that the taxes should be collected. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawk-Canada Trade Dispute Revived

An international human rights commission is reviving a 15 year-old Mohawk trade dispute with Canada. The case centers on whether Akwesasne Mohawks in the U.S. can carry goods duty-free across the border to trade with other native tribes. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Chief Alma Ransom, Chief Paul Thompson, Sub-Chief John Bigtree, Jr., Sub-Chief Harry Benedict, & Chief Hilda Smoke (absent)
Chief Alma Ransom, Chief Paul Thompson, Sub-Chief John Bigtree, Jr., Sub-Chief Harry Benedict, & Chief Hilda Smoke (absent)

Mohawk Chiefs Talk about Land/Tax/Casino Deal

Mohawk tribal chiefs spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since signing a landmark memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki Monday. If it survives a long approval process, the deal would settle land claims, allow a Mohawk casino in the Catskills, and establish tax parity with non-native convenience stores. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Chief Alma Ransom on Historic Deal with State

David Sommerstein talks with Mohawk Chief Alma Ransom about why she signed the historic, but controversial, memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki.  Go to full article

Pataki, Mohawks Reach Landmark Deal

Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe yesterday broke a two decades old impasse when they signed an agreement to settle the tribe's land claims in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. The deal also addresses tobacco and gas sales to non-natives and a Mohawk-owned casino in the Catskills. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Tribe Divided Over Land and Casino Deal

The signing ceremony for a deal between New York State and the Mohawk tribe is on hold after objections arose from some of the parties involved in a land claim against the state and criticism among tribal members. The agreement, which also involves a casino deal, will go through. David Sommerstein helps sort out the complications.  Go to full article

Pataki, Mohawks Near Landmark Deal

Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe are reportedly close to an historic agreement that would resolve casino and taxation issues and long-standing land claims in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. But a signing ceremony for the settlement worth 100 million dollars was postponed at the last minute yesterday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New York Looks to Native Sales for Cash

Seeking more revenue for the budget, the state legislature passed a bill requiring the collection of sales tax on non-natives purchases at native stores. Tribes in New York - and Governor Pataki - say it's unenforceable. But as David Sommerstein reports, the St. Regis Mohawks may be proposing a middle ground.  Go to full article

Tribe Uncovers Tobacco Tax Scheme

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has uncovered a cigarette tax fraud scheme that defrauded the tribe of 3 million dollars. As David Sommerstein reports, two local print shops have been producing counterfeit tobacco tax stamps for a year.  Go to full article

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