Cuomo, Mohawk Leaders Sign Casino Pact

ALBANY (AP) -
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Chief Ron LaFrance of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council shake hands after signing an agreement Tuesday in Albany. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Chief Ron LaFrance of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council shake hands after signing an agreement Tuesday in Albany. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and St. Regis Mohawk tribal leaders have signed an agreement to ensure the Mohawks keep their exclusive casino territory in northern New York while paying the state $30 million in gambling proceeds that have been withheld.

Tuesday’s accord also opens the door to negotiations over Mohawk land claims near their reservation along the Canadian border. Talks are expected to start in 10 days.

St. Regis Mohawk Chief Ron LaFrance says the focus will be about 5,000 to 7,000 acres east of the reservation.