The Shinnecock Indian Nation has declared that on the eastern end of Long Island, to be named Shinnecock Casino Hamptons, it plans to start construction of a casino resort on its land.
The Shinnecock Council of Trustees will create a timeline for the development of the Class II gaming facility, as well as an outline of the facilities the facility plans to provide, expected to begin in the coming summer.
Lifting members from adversity
The Shinnecock Council of Trustees said: “As we have seen with members of Tribal Nations, casinos provide an opportunity to lift our members from adversity.
“Our ancestral lands were taken from us many years ago and New York state has refused to meet with us regarding stolen land claims that were filed over many decades.
“We have tried to resolve these issues over the last decade by proposing to find more suitable locations on Long Island, but were rebuffed. We have waited long enough and have decided to proceed here on our territory.”
Class II gaming facility
A multitude of casino games as well as class II video terminals will be featured at the site, which will be a class II gaming facility and will be operated by the Shinnecock Nation.
Confirming an agreement with Tri State Partners to assist with the development and operation of the casino, both parties are now in negotiations with restaurant suppliers to provide guests with a variety of food choices. Inside the casino for entertainment, Tri State is also seeking suitable right-sized locations.
Tri State Partners managing member Jack Morris said: “Over the past several years we have witnessed the suffering of the Shinnecock Nation and also seen the opportunity to lift their people from the poverty they currently live in.
“This will be a property Long Island residents will enjoy visiting, while enabling the Shinnecock Nation to take advantage of opportunities other members of Native American nations have harnessed.”
Multiple options for additional land acquisitions
Adding: “We are starting with the casino, but we are also looking at multiple options for additional land acquisitions off territory, potentially including developing waterfront properties and hotels, which the eastern end of Long Island is lacking.”
On its reservation in Southampton, the Shinnecock Nation obtained permission last summer from the National Indian Gaming Commission to run a class II casino.
“It is our intention that this is the first of a number of casinos we hope to build in New York,” added the Trustees. “At a time when we see our country recognising the rights of all of its citizens, we hope this extends to some of New York’s first inhabitants, the members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.”