Nov 28, 2001 10:58 PM

The Oneida nation is considered a solid bet to land one of three new casinos approved for New York.

The Oneidas, which own and operate the Turning Stone casino, have a 250,000-acre land claim against the state.

The tribe would likely drop the claim in exchange for a Sullivan County casino.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Shumer said any casino deal should be tied to the settlement of the Oneida claim, which could cost the state $1 billion.