Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Akwesasne Mohawks Become Second Tribe In New York To Halt Casino Payments To State

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The Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe said they are halting casino revenue sharing payments to the State of New York. The Tribe becomes the second tribe in the state to stop casino payments to the State of New York, following the Seneca Nation's refusal to send over $200 million in payments to the state, objecting to alleged violations of the Tribe's gaming exclusivity agreement on the part of the state.

The Tribe says that their refusal to pay the state has nothing to do with the controversy over taxing cigarettes sold on the reservation and was not done in coordination with the Seneca Nation's decision to halt payments to the state, according to an AP article.