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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe revives land claim settlement

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and New York Gov. George Pataki (R) plan to sign a land claim settlement as early as Tuesday, The Albany Times-Union reports.

The deal is similar to one reached in 2003. But the newly elected leadership of the tribe balked at some of the provisions and went back to the table to renegotiate.

Like before, the tribe would receive $100 million from the state and the state Power Authority as part of the settlement. The state wants the federal government to contribute $15 million. The tribe would receive two islands and 215 acres of land.

One expected change involves the tribe's casino in the Catskills. The settlement is not tied to a compact needed for the facility, the paper said. The tribe plans to continue working on gaming and taxation issues, Mohawk Chief James Ransom said.

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Mohawks, state foresee land deal (The Albany Times-Union 1/30)