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St. Regis Mohawks Reach Accord On Buying Land

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The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe says it has reached agreement with the state and St. Lawrence County to buy land from willing sellers in northern New York to add to its territory.

The memorandum signed Wednesday outlines a final settlement that Chief Beverly Cook of the Tribal Council says they've been working toward for 32 years.

It would allow the Tribe to acquire about 3,440 acres in the town of Brasher and about 1,360 acres in the town of Massena and return them to the tribe's territory along the Canadian border. Local governments will receive an increased share of state casino revenues and payments from the state covering lost property taxes.

St Lawrence County will receive $2 million from the state and $1.5 million from the tribe, as well as $4 million annually from the state in perpetuity.

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