Feds kill Catskill casino proposal by Indian tribe
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has rejected a proposal to build a Native American casino within driving distance of New York City in the storied Catskill mountains.
The decision Friday ends the effort by the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Wisconsin to open a casino in the long economically depressed area, once a destination for top celebrities at world-class resorts in what was known as the Borscht Belt.
The proposal was made in the waning days of former New York Gov. David Paterson's administration last year as a way to bring much-needed jobs to the area and revenue to the state.
The tribe calls the decision an 11th-hour about-face that defies earlier assurances.
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