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May 23, 2013

Tribe eager to reclaim land

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“The biggest obstacle before was to get the counties involved, so we want to get them back to the table,” said Chief Paul Thompson. 

“They’re our friends again. We opened a door yesterday, and we want them involved in the talks.”

Access to cheap electricity and free tuition to any Mohawk who wanted to attend a college in the State University of New York system was also included in the 2005 deal.

“The (power) allocation we have is almost 9 megawatts now, so this would be additional megawatts,” LaFrance said.

“We’re paying some of the highest costs in the state now, but you can’t develop the community or attract light industry or medium industry,” he said. 

“You need cheap power to do that.”

Email Denise A. Raymo: draymo@pressrepublican.com

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