Friday, October 1, 2010


Shinnecock Nation pitches gaming as a boost to area's economy
Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Shinnecock Nation will restore the economy on Long Island, tribal gaming officials said on Wednesday.

The five-member Shinnecock Gaming Authority outlined plans for up to three casinos. One would be close to New York City, another would be in the middle of Long Island and the third would be closer to the reservation on the east end.

"Indian gaming is the path to economic recovery," secretary Phil Brown told members of the Long Island Real Estate Group, The Southampton Press reported. "Three gaming facilities on Long Island is a win-win for everybody."

The tribe has several hurdles to clear before pursuing gaming. First, a challenge to its federal recognition has to be resolved at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Second, the tribe has to acquire land in trust. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar has raised doubts because the tribe may not have been "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934.

Finally, the tribe has to secure a Class III gaming compact. Tribal officials said they have been in discussions with the state for more than a year.


EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: What is the MTGA going to do about this? How will this affect gaming in Connecticut? What do you think?

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