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Stockbridge-Munsee Band waits for off-reservation casino

It's only taken 10 years but the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin is getting closer to a decision on its off-reservation casino in the Catskills region of New York.

The tribe started the process in 2003 and suffered a setback when the Bush administration rejected the casino in 2008 under a controversial guidance memorandum. But the Obama administration rescinded the policy and the project is back on track.

After a second review, the Bureau of Indian Affairs published a final environmental impact statement for the project last month. The preferred alternative calls for a 350,000 square-foot casino with 2,000 slot machines and 60 gaming tables.

There will also be room for restaurants, bars and retail and space for 3,500 vehicles. Phase two calls for a hotel with 750 rooms and another 1,020 parking spaces.

The BIA is taking public comments until March 3.

Get the Story:
Casino plan pits economics versus environment (The Middletown Times Herald-Record 2/9)

Relevant Documents:
Final Environmental Impact Statement | Final Environmental Impact Statement Appendices

Federal Register Notice:
Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Fee-to-Trust Conveyance of Property and Casino Project for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Wisconsin in the Town of Thompson, Sullivan County, New York (January 31, 2014)

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