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Turning Stone tells visitors to stop bringing alcohol 7-07

VERONA, N.Y. (AP) - Turning Stone Resort and Casino has advised clients to stop bringing alcoholic beverages to the property in central New York.

A notice on its Web site cites ongoing discussions with the state to secure a liquor license. The resort, owned by the Oneida Indian Nation, has tried for six years to get a license to serve alcohol.

"We believe this policy of not permitting alcoholic beverages onto our premises provides us an opportunity to reach an agreement with the state in a way that ultimately results in the best resort experience," the notice says.

Outside vendors have been supplying conventions, weddings and other groups. Restaurant patrons and concertgoers have been bringing their own beer, wine and liquor.

In June, federal officials decided the lucrative casino could stay open. The Interior Department had reconsidered its approval of the 1993 compact that allowed the tribe to operate the casino and resort complex 35 miles east of Syracuse after a series of state court decisions ruling it illegal, and the subsequent failure of the tribe and state to negotiate a new deal. The agency was also responding to a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the tribe does not have sovereignty over the land where the casino is located.

However Associate Deputy Interior Secretary James Cason wrote that the compact remained in effect, saying it had to be challenged under federal law, not in the state courts, and within six years of its 1993 approval.
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