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#727621 --- 01/08/08 07:37 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Gaming stocks plummeted yesterday on the stock market. Empire Resorts is at its lowest price since 2002. Win some, lose some.
This is a biggie and may stop some of the give away of NYS and USA lands.



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Bush administration gets it right on casinos in the Catskills


By FRED LEBRUN
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First published: Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Every once in a great while, even the Bush administration will present us with a genuine truffle.
This unexpected delight comes by way of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne's denial of a couple of tribal applications for casinos in the Catskills, particularly one by the Mohawks for a gaming facility at Monticello Raceway. A casino the Spitzer administration was fast-tracking. The second application came from the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans of Wisconsin.

This means that for the foreseeable future, the Catskills will remain casino-free, the best possible news for these weary old mountains that have seen enough abuse.

Future generations will see this decision as a critical turning point, a major disaster averted.

In essence, Kempthorne ruled Friday that he wasn't persuaded native tribes should be able to annex property a long way from ancestral reservations, just to put up casinos. Kempthorne, by law, has absolute discretion for approval or denial. His new rule, which will affect tribal applications across the country, is the commuter rule.

That is, if the members of a tribe can easily commute daily to a proposed casino property separate from the reservation, then the application will be viewed far more favorably than if this is not the case. Monticello Raceway is 350 miles from the Mohawks' ancestral lands near the Canadian border.

The Mohawks are bitterly denouncing the secretary's decision, understandably. While a casino is not in the best interest of the Catskills region, or its small-town way of life, or the flood of second-home residents coming in since 2001, it certainly represents big money opportunities for the tribe and its business partners.

Spitzer's office also blasted Kempthorne because his decision totally deflated the governor's simplistic and unwise solution to a problem that is arguably taking care of itself.

The justification for Catskills casinos, and it was always thin, is that the poor, deprived third-world inhabitants of these mountains crave the economic opportunity to make minimum wage working there. If that was ever true, it's at least five years out of date. Check out the land values throughout the Catskills, even down in Sullivan County. They're zooming out of sight, even with our iffy contemporary economy.

Although I notice the governor's office continues to cling to the fiction that casinos are really good for this supposed depressed area. Nonsense.

Kempthorne's decision, whatever the motivation, does not mean the Catskills are home free just yet. Other tribes, including the Stockbridge-Munsee, are trying to get in through a congressional act, through the back door. Hopefully, our congressional delegation will keep that at bay.

The phony Catskills economic development card is continually abused by Albany politicians. Another example was the justification recently offered in connection with the deal that gave controversial developer Dean Gitter preliminary approval for a miniaturized version of his Belleayre Resort. A host of environmentalists and critics of the original proposal signed off on the amended as the best deal they felt they could get.

Spitzer folks then lauded the result as just a wonderful economic development tool for the region, a blessing. Baloney.

The very best deal for the Catskills would have been no deal at all, but that wasn't an option after the Pataki administration in its death throes gave Gitter the legal leverage he needed.

At any rate, back to the Indians. Kempthorne's decision reverberates around the state, not just in the Catskills.

At the moment, Turning Stone Casino in Verona is operating totally outside the law as its application to have needed land put into trust status is pending before Kempthorne. The piece of property with the casino and all those fancy building on it is six miles from the actual 32-acre Oneida reservation, an easy commute but not actually part of the reservation. Sounds to me like Kempthorne is preparing us for the Oneidas' successful annexation of this property to their reservation, and appropriately so.

All that would remain then is for the state Legislature to approve a gaming compact, and Turning Stone -- a proven economic force for a region that really does need help -- would be back in business legally.

Then there's Buffalo, always a little different. The Senecas, who already have a casino on their land, have a plan pending before a federal judge for another one in downtown Buffalo, exactly 65 miles from their reservation in Salamanca.

Is that commuting distance or not?

Here we go again.

LeBrun can be reached at 454-5453 or by e-mail at flebrun@timesunion.com





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#728227 --- 01/09/08 10:48 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: grinch]
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This is the same thing we have been told for over 200 years. Indian get your a$$ back on the res and stay there.
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#728248 --- 01/09/08 11:16 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: Okla.ndn]
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Originally Posted By: Okla.ndn
This is the same thing we have been told for over 200 years. Indian get your a$$ back on the res and stay there.


You can live where ever you want. If you leave the rez then you must obey the laws and taxes as all others do.
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#728439 --- 01/09/08 04:03 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/anothervoice/story/243189.html
Casino has no interest in boosting Falls economy
By Steve Siegel
Updated: 01/04/08

In the recent News article, "Casino no jackpot for Falls," critics concluded that "Anyone who believes the casino planned for Buffalo's Cobblestone District will jump-start a dying downtown ought to look at the blocks that circle the gambling operation in Niagara Falls."

As a wise man once said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."

In light of the overwhelming evidence that casinos located in urban areas do little or nothing for the economy, for politicians to endorse a casino project and to lead the citizens to expect any other outcome except continued urban blight is at least irresponsible and maybe even insane in its logic.

Looking at this issue from a broader perspective, we must remember that the casino is not located in Niagara Falls, but on sovereign land controlled by the Seneca Nation. The Seneca Gaming Corp. has about as much motivation to assist Niagara Falls economically as the bordering City of Niagara Falls, Ont., has, in the sense that every dollar spent on leisure and recreation that finds its way to Niagara Falls is one less dollar that accrues to the Seneca Gaming Corp. and Niagara Falls, Ont.

Therefore, when Brian Hansberry, in an effort to distract from the sad economic realities discussed in the article, states ". . . the [Seneca Gaming] corporation has made a $450 million investment in the city" he is being disingenuous. He might add that this investment on the Senecas' own land has yielded more than $1 billion for the Senecas and $23 million for Niagara Falls.

If Hansberry didn't "spin" the investment issue enough, when asked why the casino's hotel refuses to book rooms to larger nongambling conventions, he states that they do not yet have enough rooms to meet both the casino’s and the city's needs for space.

What Hansberry doesn't tell us is that on average, approximately 440 rooms per day, every day, are given away free to gamblers (source: filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission). Remarkably, the corporation would rather provide a free room to a gambler then allow a nongambler, who might spend money outside of the casino, to pay for the same room. This behavior is very cynical and anathema to the corporation’s claims of being an economic stimulus to Niagara Falls. Perhaps the corporation could see fit to allow a few of these 161,000 free rooms given away per year to be booked by nongambling conventioneers; after all, the city gave the Seneca Nation the former Niagara Falls Convention Center to be developed as the casino.

Perhaps the corporation will voluntarily change this pattern of greed and self-interest in Niagara Falls. But in any event, The News’ article merely serves to confirm why it is so critical that the federal lawsuit to stop the proposed casino in downtown Buffalo succeeds.

Steve Siegel is a faculty member at Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and has done much research into the impact a downtown casino would have on Buffalo.

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#728927 --- 01/10/08 10:38 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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He seems to leave out all that cash the state has got from the Senecas casino. And he doesn't say a word about all of the people that now have a job because of the casino. He does do a good job winning about not getting a room. And then he wants to talk about someone doing a "spin" job. Come on Dick stop waisting my time with this worthless crap. LOL
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#729613 --- 01/11/08 09:09 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: Okla.ndn]
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Originally Posted By: Okla.ndn
... stop waisting my time with this worthless crap. LOL


Same can be said about your casino addiction.
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#729628 --- 01/11/08 10:05 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: Okla.ndn
... stop waisting my time with this worthless crap. LOL


Same can be said about your casino addiction.


Right on Bluezone. That's rather obvious from the Lone Indian who does not speak for his tribe and claimed he WON, because he didn't want a casino in New York anyway. Wow, talk about "spin". LOL

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#730694 --- 01/12/08 04:05 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Originally Posted By: Rich_Tallcot
...becuause he didn't want a casino in New York anyway. Wow, talk about "spin". LOL


And I thought Okla voted out his previous chief because he was unable to get a casino in NY. Keep spinnin' Okla.

Wonder why his tribe even purchased land in NY if they did not want a casino?
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#730695 --- 01/12/08 04:09 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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The tribes that lost their trust are now going to sue the US government.

Wonder if the US government is getting sick and tired of all the lawsuits from the tribes, the casino corruption, the Abramoff deals... and are going to stop allowing tribes to even build any more casinos?

Congress giveth and Congress can taketh away.
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#731624 --- 01/14/08 09:47 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Mohawk to sue government for trust denial.


...the proposed project would relieve the high unemployment problem on the reservation by inducing many unemployed tribal members to travel to Monticello: "Tribal members leaving for jobs at the proposed casino could reduce reservation unemployment by a substantial percentage."...



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The tribal members are going to travel a few hundred miles to go to work at a casino?

Then why do they not find a job closer to the rez?



what a farse.

Have they applied at Turning Stone.

LOL


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#733497 --- 01/16/08 02:35 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Originally Posted By: Rich_Tallcot
Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: Okla.ndn
... stop waisting my time with this worthless crap. LOL


Same can be said about your casino addiction.


Right on Bluezone. That's rather obvious from the Lone Indian who does not speak for his tribe and claimed he WON, because he didn't want a casino in New York anyway. Wow, talk about "spin". LOL


Do you think that I stumped Okla?


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#734196 --- 01/17/08 10:15 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Okla.ndn]
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Originally Posted By: Okla.ndn
I never said that we were going to build a museum on the land in NY. I did agree with someone that building one sounded good. I did say that just owning the land would please me. So even without a casino I win, LOL.

I wonder if Okla just wanted to buy this land to NOT put a casino on too? It appears he may win again by the looks of support in Oklahoma.

http://www.joplinglobe.com/neo_sek/local_story_016193006.html?keyword=secondarystory

Opponents outnumber supporters at meeting on casino in Grove

By Sheila Stogsdill

news@joplinglobe.com

GROVE, Okla. - A $60 million casino could be a "rising tide that lifts a lot of boats" on Grand Lake, or it could sink Grove's future.

Those are the opinions offered by some of the 250 residents who turned out Tuesday for a Grove City Council meeting to express their views on a casino proposed for the town.

The Miami-based Seneca-Cayuga Tribe, which is proposing the casino, spent more than $1 million to acquire 33 acres with the goal of building a 100,000-square-foot lakefront casino.

The tribe also applied with the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs for the site near Sailboat Bridge to be held in trust for gambling purposes. As part of the application procedure, the BIA invited comments from the city on the proposal.

Twenty residents spoke at the meeting. Sixteen, including the mayor, voiced opposition to the casino. Four others, including Seneca-Cayuga Chief Paul Spicer, spoke in favor of the plan.

Fire calls

"The nature of the casino is that it produces more losers than winners," said Mayor Gary Bishop. Bishop, a minister, has opposed efforts to bring a casino to the city since he took office in April.

One of the harsher criticisms against the existing tribal casino, which is outside city limits on Highway 10, came from its closest neighbor, the Cowskin Volunteer Fire Department.

"We have made 36 calls a year to the casino," said Rick Bronson, chairman of the Fire Department.

In a statement directed at Spicer, Bronson asked why he has never seen the tribe’s firetruck at the casino.

"We have never received one dime from the casino," Bronson said. His comment drew loud applause.

"We can still say 'no' to a casino," added Darrel Mastin, a Grove businessman. Mastin, the Rev. Steve Dyer and Chris Ramsey are the organizers of a grass-roots group called No Casino In Grove.

"In Atlantic City and elsewhere, small-business owners testified to the loss of their businesses when casinos came to town," Mastin said. "In 1978, there were 311 taverns and restaurants in Atlantic City. Only 66 remain."

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#734233 --- 01/18/08 04:46 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Now THIS is one case we should all be watching ! Imagine 16 states joining the fight against the feds on the side of Rhove Island. Of course, CERA is also filing an amicus.

I'd be willing to bet, if stupid Spitzer could pull it off, he'd file an amicus on behalf of the tribe. Even the New York Times called him stupid in a polite way yesterday by saying the fed's rejection of Spitzer's push for trust land status and casinos in the Catskills was a good thing.

RISC to seek court review of tribe’s land

CHARLESTOWN - The Rhode Island Statewide Coalition is planning to file a "friend of the court" brief supporting a bid to overturn federal trust status on 31 acres of Narragansett Indian land.

In remarks to Charlestown's Town Council, RISC Chairman Harry L. Staley said Monday that RISC will file a brief requesting a U.S. Supreme Court review on whether the federal government may take land into trust on behalf of the Narragansetts.
The brief, he said, will be filed as a joint request with the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance - a national group based in Gresham, WI, that believes federal Indian poli­cy is unaccountable, destructive, racist and unconstitutional.

"Some months ago, we retained an attorney who has had considerable expe­rience in matters before the Supreme Court at consider­able expense to us," Staley said, acknowledging later that RISC has retained the services of a CERA-affiliat­ed attorney in Phoenix, AZ. "That brief will be filed in the next few days."

RISC, a fiscally conserva­tive watchdog group, is based in Charlestown and supports a host of other issues - including non-resi­dent voting rights, educa­tional reform and local envi­ronment issues. The group boasts a membership of about 1,500, though its net­work of member associa­tions pushes that number to about 4,000.

Staley, who has yet to see the joint brief, said the cost of drafting and filing the document is being footed by RISC's 39-member Board of Directors, with one contri­bution from a general mem­ber. He acknowledged that its cost is somewhere in the realm of about $20,000.

"We felt this was an important case of interest to the citizens of Charlestown and the state of Rhode Island, particularly those in South County," Staley said. "The impact of a South County casino would change our entire quality of life."

At issue is the creation of so-called "Indian country" ­a geographic area in the Rhode Island where federal law trumps state and local regulations, including those related to land use.

In an interview last week, Narragansett Indian Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas confirmed that the tribe is pursuing plans to bring a resort casino to its 1,800 acres of land in Charlestown. He has since called on state officials to participate in a gaming summit to develop a com­prehensive gaming strategy for the state of Rhode Island.

Opponents of casino gaming fear that property abut­ting the disputed 31 acres could be purchased and added to the parcel. Last year, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 4-2 that the federal government may take land off Kings Factory Road into trust on behalf of the tribe.

Sixteen states across the country have already filed amicus briefs supporting the high court's review ­including one penned by Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, according to Town Solicitor Robert E. Craven.

"Connecticut's attorney general was...brilliant," he said. "...It's the best recita­tion with respect to the town’s case and the state's case I’ve ever seen. I'm opti­mistic for a couple reasons." "First, it's very rare that 16 states would join (the state and town) in a writ of certiorari," Craven contin­ued. "It’s very difficult to get 16 states to agree on any-thing. The chief justice of U.S. Supreme Court (John Roberts Jr.) argued one of the seminal cases that has been cited in briefs filed by our side when he was the solicitor general of the United States, which leads me to believe there would be a curiosity on his part...to allow the court to potentially put this issue of trust on tribal lands for rest once and for all."

Craven said the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to offer a decision on whether it will hear the case sometime next month. If the review is denied, a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of the tribe's position would stand.

Less than 10 percent of cases offered to the nation’s high court are accepted for review, Craven said.

At Councilor Harriet A. Allen’s request, Craven is expected to obtain copies of the 16 states' amicus brief­ings for public review at Charlestown Town Hall. RISC and CERA’s brief is also expected to be avail­able, according to Staley.

ckeegan@thewesterlysun.com

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#734277 --- 01/18/08 06:59 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Okla - look no casino needed for jobs or major investment



URMC Plans for Thousands of Jobs
by Diana Palotas
photo by Chris Coffey
Published Jan 17, 2008

The University of Rochester is already our largest employer and now it's about to get even bigger. The medical center says it plans to invest $500 million over the next decade creating thousands of jobs. Its aim, to become one of the top 20 academic medical centers in the country.

The new strategic plan includes the University of Rochester Medical Center's most ambitious project yet. It wants to build a six-story addition at a price tag of $259 million. The U of R says that by 2015 the expansion will bring in a billion dollars to the local economy.


“Healthcare's one of the largest businesses in America," says Dr. Bradford Berk, CEO of the URMC. He laid out the center’s plan for the next decade with employees.

Included in the expansion are 770 new staff positions, 140 of them researchers and clinicians. Another 1,000 jobs would be created in the community because of spillover, along with 1,400 construction jobs. Construction includes the addition to Strong Hospital on Elmwood Avenue. The $56 million clinical and translational sciences building on Crittenden Boulevard where a large employee parking lot now stands. Governor Spitzer’s already pledged $50 million for that. A new ambulatory center will also be built on Sawgrass Drive. It would all be done by 2012. Berk says the future of medicine needs a large infrastructure.

“Part of the reason we have grown so large is that we need all of those elements to allow us to do this very sophisticated care like brain surgery, pediatric cardiac surgery."

The medical center wants to become a bigger player throughout the country. Berk says being one of the top 20 academic medical centers in the country brings in more money. “When you're ranked in US News and World Report that enables us to recruit better medical students, it enables us to recruit better faculty…”

With $159 million in research funding last year from the National Institutes of Health, the medical center wants to double that amount by 2015. It says its focus on translational medicine will help in that growth. This new way of medicine is working to get new drugs therapies and care from the lab to the patient and the marketplace in shorter time. The U of R says how it is building its new cancer center is an example of its commitment to translational medicine.

Dr. Richard Fisher leads the Wilmot Cancer Center. “If you go from the bench researchers making a discovery finding a new drug, giving it down the floor below to the people who know how to put into testing and then giving it to patients and the whole thing operates together."

Cancer is one of the medical centers signature programs for the future, along with cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, musculoskeletal disease and neuromedicine.

Dr. Berk says the $500 million will come from of course donations, foundation support and government contracts. The Center for Governmental Research says when all is said and done the trickling down of this economic growth could mean a billion dollars to our area.

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#734278 --- 01/18/08 07:02 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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Okla - is this the location that you tried to get a casino?





Midtown Makeover Moves Forward
by R News staff
Photo by Bryan Beard
Published Dec 18, 2007
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Rochester City Council has approved the Duffy administration's plan to transform the core of downtown Rochester by leveling Midtown Plaza and preparing it for new development, including the construction of a new world headquarters for PAETEC.

Council voted tonight to approve Mayor Bob Duffy’s relocation and redevelopment plans for Midtown Plaza. The plan includes authorizing the purchase of the nation's first downtown indoor mall by negotiation or condemnation.

It also:

- Establishes a $225,100 contract with Flaum Management Inc. of Rochester and R.K. Hite & Co. of Avon for relocation planning and advisory services.

- Requests a $25,000 appraisal contract with Bruckner, Tillett, Rossi, Cahill & Associates of Rochester.

- Authorizes an agreement with the Empire State Development Corporation for receipt and use of a $750,000 grant for master planning for the Midtown area.

- Requests a $3 million loan from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and a $2 million Brownfield Economic Development Initiative grant to help with acquisition and relocation services.

“I’m excited to see the progress of this development,” said Mayor Duffy. “I’m grateful for the teamwork of our partners at the Empire State Development Corporation, PAETEC and on City Council and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we rebuild Midtown.”

"This is an important step toward advancing Governor Spitzer’s upstate economic development agenda for the major metropolitan areas,” stated Upstate Empire State Development Chairman Daniel C. Gundersen. “With today's actions, the State and City are moving forward on an unprecedented partnership with PAETEC Communications to bring 600 new jobs to the region and redevelop this critical downtown site. Upstate ESD continues to work with local leaders and is pleased that our collaborative efforts are getting the job done.”

"We are pleased with the progress being made with the Midtown properties by the City, State and other parties," said Arunas A. Chesonis, chairman and CEO of PAETEC. "We look forward to hearing community input regarding the design and functionality of our future headquarters."

The city plans to hire a development consultant by late January 2008 to assist with the development planning and environmental impact statement for the entire site. It will also dedicate an area on its homepage to Midtown development in the near future – to keep the community informed, answer questions and welcome suggestions about the future of downtown Rochester
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#734287 --- 01/18/08 07:27 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Originally Posted By: Rich_Tallcot


Opponents outnumber supporters at meeting on casino in Grove



Sound familiar?



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#734983 --- 01/19/08 11:51 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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NOTE TO ALL MUNICIPALITIES: The new regs for accepting trust lands lean heavily against acceptance UNLESS there are inter-municipal agreements or MOU's made.

As I recall the Cayuga tribe claimed they had agreements made but, at the time, hadn't decided which parcels they were applying for trust status. I believe they've applied for all they own in the old land claim area, but it seems strange they could claim agreements were made if they hadn't decided where they were applying for. I think they lied. Ya think?

Below is from the Seneca-Cayuga tribe that had their trust application DENIED in New York.

Grove council poses objection to Seneca-Cayuga casino plan

- By Sheila Stogsdill
news@joplinglobe.com

GROVE, Okla. - By a unanimous vote, the Grove City Council voted Friday to go on record to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs as being opposed to the placement of 30 acres of lakefront property in trust for a proposed $60 million casino.

Mayor Gary Bishop read from a letter to the BIA that there is no inter-governmental agreement with the tribe to "mitigate negative impacts."

The city also stated in its letter: "Until an inter-governmental agreement can be reached through good faith negotiations, the city of Grove, Oklahoma, cannot support the acquisition of land by the United States to be held in trust for the use and benefit of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma."


The Miami-based tribe spent more than $1 million to acquire 33 acres with the goal of building a 100,000-square-foot lakefront casino east of Sail Boat Bridge.

Chief Paul Spicer was unavailable for comment on the town panel's most recent objection to the proposal.

Tribal officials say the casino would employ about 450 people and have about 1,000 gambling machines. Plans also include a five-story hotel with 125 rooms and three restaurants, and a convention center to be built later.

About 30 people attended the Friday-morning meeting.

In addition to the letter, the city plans to provide the BIA with public comments against the casino proposal from local residents who attended a meeting Tuesday night.

The council is not the only third party weighing in on the tribe's application for trust status for the property.

But the Grand Lake Association board at its January meeting approved a letter to the BIA saying it does not object to the land being put in trust for the tribe, said Deb Wolek, executive director.

Wolek said 16 members of the 18-member board approved the motion. Two members didn't vote because they were absent, she said.

Jeanette Hanna, BIA regional director, said the next step is to review the public comments and look at the environmental issues, and then a recommendation will be made if the application should be sent to the National Indian Gaming Commission in Washington, D.C., for approval.

"It's not going to be soon," Hanna said when asked about when a decision on the application might be made.

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#735039 --- 01/19/08 02:57 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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One point you didn't speak of is, Mayor Gary Bishop is a minister. So what do you think he would say? LOL so much for the good faith negotiations.
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#735409 --- 01/20/08 01:32 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Okla.ndn]
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Originally Posted By: Okla.ndn
One point you didn't speak of is, Mayor Gary Bishop is a minister. So what do you think he would say?


And what does your Creator think of your casino?



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#735981 --- 01/21/08 10:25 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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Well he must like it or it wouldn't be doing as good as it is. It has made more money then any other thing we have done.
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I am a General Council member of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe I speak for my self not my Tribe.

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