Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin

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The band has announced purchase of some two acres of land with two buildings near Leeds, N.Y., about 20 miles south of Albany. It will be used for a future cultural center. Tribal Council Chairman Bob Chicks said the community, whose ancestors lived along the Hudson River, wants to establish a homeland retreat. The property includes an inn which would provide quarters for traveling tribal members. The main rooms would be dedicated to history and culture. The site is about three miles from where the St. Regis Mohawk have proposed a casino at Catskill. Chicks said although the tribe runs a bingo and casino operation northwest of Green Bay, Wis., it has no plans for economic development ventures in New York. And he termed the investment in the new site modest, saying nothing lavish is planned, perhaps some work on the inn building and grounds. Not considered Indian territory, the property will be taxed.