Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Interior ruled that the 1993 compact between the State of New York and the Oneida Indian Nation -- the compact that allows gambling at the Casino -- was valid.
I may draw flack for this, but I cannot say that this is a problem. In spite of all the issues regarding unfair competition, taxation, etc., no one can deny that Turning Stone is probably the best thing that has happened to Oneida County in years, in terms of job creation and improvement in our quality of life. None of this would have happened but for the 1993 compact.
Yet there is something bothersome about what just happened: A federal administrative agency just trumped the rulings of New York State courts on issues of what New York State officials could and could not do.
Somehow I think our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves.
PS Happy Flag Day!