MONTICELLO, NY-In the latest roadblock for a 15-year attempt at establishing a Class III casino in the Catskills resort area, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe said Thursday it has decided to end its exclusive discussions with Empire Resorts Inc. The tribe, whose application to build a casino at Monticello Raceway here got federal approval a decade ago, says in a statement that recent negotiations with raceway owner Empire Resorts led to “impasses on certain key terms.”

A referendum held by the tribe earlier this year showed community support for seeking a Catskills casino, but did not limit the tribe’s leadership to the Monticello Raceway site, according to the statement. “At the time, the Monticello Resorts site appeared to make the most sense to the tribe, as it had obtained final environmental approvals from the federal government,” Chief Mark Garrow says in the statement. “However, discussions with Empire Resorts to reach acceptable terms of a purchase agreement for the land, which is necessary to move any land-into-trust application forward, have not been successful.”

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