Only one casino in Catskills, Pataki now says - Sunday 12th of June 2005

George Pataki, who at one time proposed as many as five casinos for the Catskills in his attempts to settle long-standing land claims with Indian tribes, is now planning just one.

"At this point, we're only looking at one casino," Pataki spokesman Kevin Quinn said on Friday. "We're continuing negotiations on the other settlements."

Pataki introduced a bill Thursday to settle the Akwesasne Mohawks' 23-year-old land claim against the state. The agreement with the Mohawks entitles them to build a casino in Sullivan County, provides them with more than $100 million and the right to nearly double the size of their reservation in northern New York.

Last year, Pataki also reached proposed land-claim settlements with the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York, the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin and the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians.

Pataki withdrew those deals, which would have allowed the tribes to operate casinos in the Catskills, in April after a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on tribes expanding their sovereign territory made it necessary to "review and re-evaluate" the proposals, he said. The decision to rework the agreements did not include the Mohawks because their land claim is based on different treaties than those involving the other tribes.

The Mohawk settlement, signed by Pataki and tribal leaders in February, requires the approval of the state Legislature and Congress.

The Seneca-Cayugas have proposed building a casino and hotel on the Winston Farm in Saugerties, but that plan has met with resistance from Saugerties leaders, and the Ulster County Legislature voted on Thursday to honor the wishes of communities that don't want to host casinos.

In 2001, the state Legislature authorized three casinos for the formerly prosperous resort region, hoping they would produce millions of dollars in revenue for state and local governments to help fund education, health care, infrastructure needs and to help keep taxes down.

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