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U.S. Rejects NYS Indian Casino Plan

Published: February 18, 2011 8:00 pm ET

Last Comment: February 19, 2011 5:52 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

It has been reported that the United States Department of Interior today rejected the deal which would have seen the Wisconsin-based Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe erect a casino in New York’s Catskills.

An article by Crain’s New York Business explains that racino interests, which were vehemently against the plan, said the deal would cost the state roughly $400 million annually in lost gaming revenue — money the state can't afford to lose with a $10 billion budget deficit.

“By rejecting this ill-conceived compact, the Department of Interior has allowed New York State to go back to the drawing board and put together a gaming policy that makes sense,” the New York Gaming Association, which represents racetrack casinos in New York, said today via statement. “That new policy will hopefully capitalize on existing resources like our racetrack casinos, which already put more than $1 billion per year in tax revenue toward state coffers and could help bolster our sagging economy even further if allowed to operate full-scale casinos.”

“We will continue to work toward final resolution of all issues with all of these parties with as much dedication and cooperation as we have in the past,” Kimberly Vele, president of Stockbridge-Munsee, was quoted as saying in the Crain’s New York Business article. “Despite today's disappointing decision, I will always be hopeful and confident that soon the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohicans will receive the justice that we have so patiently waited for the past two centuries.”

(With files from Crain’s New York Business)

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February 19, 2011 - 5:52 amThe Stockbridge-Munsee

The Stockbridge-Munsee Mohawk Indian band acquired property in Madison County (NY State) a few years ago specifically to cash in on the Indian casino bonanza in NYS after a near 200 year absence in the state. I live about 1/2 from this "reservation" which is a house on about 1/2 acre. They pay people to maintain the property and have never had anybody living there since they bought it.Their propaganda says they have maintained a presence there for 200 years, facts say otherwise. The treaty they signed back in the 1800's gave them land in Wisconsin in exchange for their reservation in NY.

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