Indian tribe votes against New York casino plan

AP News
Posted: Nov 25, 2009 10:19 AM

An Indian tribe at New York's northern border is dropping its push to build a casino in the Catskills, 230 miles south of its reservation.

The St. Regis Mohawks voted 178-140 against continuing an off-reservation gaming project in a referendum held on Saturday.

The vote came as senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have been pressing federal officials to reverse a Bush administration policy banning off-reservation casinos.

The Mohawks had hoped to build a $600 million casino with slot machines and poker in Sullivan County, 90 miles north of New York City.