Archive - May 2007
We just returned from a week-long cruise, where we were reminded of gambling's ubiquitous nature. Bingo, of course, is a mainstay of cruise ship social activities, and this ship also featured an unusually large casino with slots and table games. There was a large group on the ship, traveling compliments of Detroit's Greektown Casino. Also on board with us were not one but two ex-spouses of casino developers.
Want the latest on the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s proposed $600 million off-reservation Catskills casino in New York state? The idea of tribal casinos in the Borscht Belt is nothing new—former New York Governor George Pataki had pushed such development for some time, entertaining the possibility of revitalizing a near-dead region by creating hundreds or thousands of jobs and pumping millions of dollars in revenue sharing into the state’s coffer.
The Tahlequah, Oklahoma-based United Keetoowah Band is seeking to open a $131 million hotel and casino on land in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Band is a landless tribe and is seeking federal approval of its petition to take a 10-acre parcel of land into trust so the tribe can take the additional steps necessary to build the gaming facility.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would grant federal recognition to six tribes in Virginia, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement. But federal recognition comes at a price: the bill conditions the tribes' recognition on their waiver of gaming rights.
In New York, the Oneida Indian Nation and the state missed the deadline to seek postponement of the Interior Department's reconsideration of the compact governing the operation of the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Casino and Resort. The compact was called into doubt after the New York Supreme Court ruled in a separate case that tribal-state gaming compacts must be ratified by the state legislature. Further complicating matters is the impact of the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in City of Sherrill v.