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Editorial: Reject Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino bid

"Washington has turned thumbs-down on a deal — secretly negotiated and signed by Gov. David Paterson in the waning days of his term — for an Indian-run casino in the Catskills.

Much as the long-distressed region needs an economic shot in the arm, the feds made the right call.

In a surprise announcement last November, Paterson disclosed that he’d inked a deal with the Wisconsin-based Stockbridge-Munsee tribe of Mohicans to build a full-scale casino in Sullivan County, 90 miles north of New York City.

The tribe agreed to settle its claims on 23,000 acres of land in upstate Madison County and to pay the state 25% of the casino’s take.

From the start, though, the project generated fierce opposition, much of it warranted, both from rival tribes and competing casino owners."

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