Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mohawk Election Board Certifies Gaming Referendum Results

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The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe issued the following press release, dated February 12, which announced that the Tribe´s election board, after throwing out four appeals, certified the results of the January 30 referendum to pursue an off-reservation casino in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

Election Board Certifies Referendum Results
Off-Reservation Gaming Approved

Akwesasne Territory — On February 12, 2010, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Election Board certified the referendum held on Saturday January 30, 2010. The referendum was held to approve the tribe’s interest in pursuing off-reservation gaming in the Catskills. The certification was delayed due to four appeals which have been addressed according to procedures established in the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Election and Referendum Ordinance, Amended April 10, 2009.

In letters dated February 9, 2010, the Election Board responded to the appeals, upholding the validity of the referendum.

Voter turnout was good at 936 and the measure was officially approved with 538 votes for, 371 against, 27 ballots void and two ballots were spoiled. The next hurdle for the tribe to clear is the so-called Kempthorne decision, made during the Bush Administration. The Obama Administration is currently reviewing this earlier decision that limited off-reservation gaming developments. Information will be released as it becomes available.