New York's Catskill Casinos Getting Help From Mohawks.
The St. Regis Mohawk Indians, whose reservation land is within the state borders of New York City, are looking to be the first tribe to be allowed to construct a casino in the Catskill Mountains. Unlike other tribes who have attempted to buy land and then declare sovereign territory which is not allowed by the U.S Supreme Count, the treaties of the Mohawks stand on their own.
They have also received backing from environmental agencies. The casino is set to cost $600 million taking thirty acres of land near the Monticello raceway. The tribe are looking to build their own casino in the Catskills however local residents believe that original talks to build five casinos in the area was overambitious.
The region is pro casino gambling to help with the local economy and to attract tourism for NYC, and skiers. Building the casinos will provide thousands of construction job opportunities as well as permanent employment once the casinos are built. The local residents are welcoming the casinos with open arms. The Mohawks still need to collect a state signature for approval from environmentalists and federal approval. Governor Pataki is likely to amend their current gambling compact so that construction of the $600million casino can begin. Is this the beginning of a mini Vegas?