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US officials reject Catskill casino plans
Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 12:22:02 AM
The federal government has rejected plans for two Indian casinos in the Catskills, saying the gaming sites aimed at drawing high rollers from New York City might leave their faraway tribes worse off.
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe had sought to build a $600 million casino in Monticello in Sullivan County, about 90 miles from New York City. The Stockbridge Munsee of Wisconsin had also sought to build a casino in Sullivan County. Both were rejected in separate letters to tribal leaders by Department of Interior Associate Deputy Secretary James Cason.
The letters were sent to tribal leaders late Friday.
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