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Tribes Meet In Albany-Support Pataki Plan

A day after the Supreme Court dealt apotential blow to the fortunes of the Oneida Indian Nation, more than 40 leaders and representatives from five tribes met today to support negotiated resolutions to Indian land claims.The meeting in Albany was an attempt to show unity among the tribes and involved leaders of the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York, the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, the Oneida Tribe ofIndians of Wisconsin, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians and the Akwesasne Mohawks.They discussed pushing for passage of a proposal by Governor George Pataki to settle longstanding Indian land claims in the state. The governor’s offer would allow the tribes to build five casinos in the Catskills. Any land-claim settlements also needcongressional approval. Tribal leaders also discussed yesterday’s ruling by the high court, which stated that an Indian tribe cannot expand its tax-exempt holdings by buying up property that has been outside its reservation for generations.

 

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