Lawmakers Mail In Opposition To Stockbridge-Munsee Casino

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Assembly lawmakers are mailing Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and members of the New York House and Senate delegation in opposition to the proposed land swap in Sullivan County that would allow an Indian tribe to build a casino.

The casino, which would be placed in the Catskills and just a short driving distance from the New York City metro area, is opposed by existing casino and racino owners who fear it will destroy their business.

The letter, which originated from Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee Chairman Gary Pretlow’s office, contains the signatures of Assembly members Mike Spano, RoAnn Destito and Donna Lupardo, among others.

The letter comes after racino owners decried a land swap deal with the state that would allow the Wisconsin-based tribe to build the casino. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said several days ago he hasn’t taken a position on the tribe building the casino, but did say the upstate area is in dire need of economic development.

Here’s a copy of the letter sent to Cuomo:

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  1. If the Munsee’s had a legitimate Land Claim the Dept. Of Justice would have sided with them and thereby superceded NY State’s 11th Ammendment right to Sovereign Immunity. Just as the DOJ has done with the MOhawk, Seneca, Oneida land claim cases. The fact that the Munsee do not have a legitimate land claim in NYS makes one wonder, why is NY dealing with them at all?

    Simple, NY would like to tax commercial activity on Indian lands in NYS and they are using the Munsee”s to do it.

    Ray Cook,
    Akwesasne Mohawk,

  2. Really Munsee doesn’t have entitlement to our true aboriginal lands? And if you had any idea, the opposition isn’t coming from fellow tribes, it’s coming from Atlantic City. Trumph in particular. Thanks for the support though. It’s always nice to come across fellow natives who support other native causes not out of self-interest.