(APTN National News visited Three Feathers Casino this past February. U.S. authorities raided the casino Tuesday. APTN Raw Video)
APTN National News
AKWESASNE–At least two men from the Akwesasne Men’s Council have been arrested and up to 10 more are wanted by U.S. authorities following a raid at an unlicensed casino on the U.S. side of the Mohawk territory Tuesday morning.
The two men have been charged with criminal possession of unlawful gaming devices and criminal possession and unlawful transportation of gaming devices in Indian territory. The two-count federal indictment is expected to be unsealed sometime Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses say Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents along with St. Regis Tribal police officers were involved in the raid.
The Three Feathers Casino opened in the summer of 2011 but was recently shut down for renovations. The casino offered gaming at video terminals.
The Men’s Council of the Way of the Longhouse, which was behind the casino, has said they do not recognize foreign jurisdiction over Akwesasne territory and they hoped to direct profits from the casino into the community.
The two arrested men will be arraigned Monday afternoon in Plattsburgh, NY.