Tribe exploring Catskill casino options

Thompson, New York (AP) June 2011

The Stockbridge Munsee of Wisconsin say they’re exploring their options now that the Obama administration has rescinded a rule that blocked Indian tribes from building casinos far from their reservations.

The Wisconsin tribe has been working for more than a decade to build a casino within day-tripping distance of the lucrative New York City market.

But the Stockbridge Munsee’s proposal was derailed by the federal Department of the Interior in 2008 when it ruled that casinos should not be built beyond a reasonable commuting distance from a tribe’s reservation. Officials feared that reservation residents would move to follow the new jobs.

The Obama administration rescinded the rule Tuesday, removing one roadblock for faraway tribes that want to build Catskill casinos.



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