Okla. tribe on Catskills radar
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The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma is willing to drop its part of a land claim settlement in exchange for a casino in New York.

The tribe, whose ancestors were removed from New York, is part of the 64,000-acre Cayuga land claim. A federal judge has determined the Cayuga deserve $247.9 million for the loss.

The tribe says it would forego its share of the money for a casino in the Catskills. Gov. George Pataki (R) has been authorized to negotiate three compacts for three casinos in the region.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Nation has signed one compact and is awaiting a land-into-trust decision from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to open a casino.

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Tribe willing to swap land claim for gaming (The Albany Times-Union 3/13)
Bruno held casino talks with Oklahoma tribe (The Buffalo News 3/13)
Another tribe shows interest in western New York casino (AP 3/12)

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