Catskill casino possible in NY with Indian deal

Governor David Paterson has announced aland claim settlement with a Wisconsin tribe that could lead to along-awaited Indian casino in the Catskills - though the deal facesfederal scrutiny and likely legal challenges.

Paterson says the deal announced yesterday in central New York'sMadison County settles a long-running land claim by theStockbridge-Munsee Mohicans of Wisconsin. He says the tribe willend its claim to 23,000 acres in the county, while getting 330acres in Sullivan County, where the tribe wants to build a casinowithin day-tripping distance of the lucrative New York City market.

Paterson planned a separate announcement Monday afternoon in theCatskills.

The deal must be considered by the federal Department ofInterior. And it could face legal challenges from environmentalgroups or other Indian tribes.

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