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December 15, 2011

Belmont Plan May Have Hit a Snag?

Earlier today the Shinnecok voted on an agreement with Gateway Casino Resorts who have helped the Shinnecock get federal recognition.

"The nation has spoken, by consensus, as it has for thousands of years, and voted today not to finalize gaming agreements with Gateway Casino Resorts," tribal trustees said in a statement Thursday night after the contentious vote.

Of the 274 votes cast, 153 opposed the pact and 121 voted for it. There are some 1,400 Shinnecock members, most of whom do not live on the reservation and were not eligible to vote.

"Gateway needs to understand that they are not going to control our tribe," said Lance Gumbs, a former tribal trustee who voted against the pact.

It's unclear whether the tribe will attempt to negotiate more favorable terms or if the two groups will go their separate ways. A spokeswoman wasn't immediately available. Beverly Jensen, a tribe spokeswoman, declined any further comment.
I have no clue how this effects the Belmont plan, but one has to assume that this will slow it down.

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  2. Despite all the hoopla and representations by those responsible for financing the Shinnecock Casino schemes, odds remain very poor that they'll ever develop off-reservation casinos. Some have questioned how it is that the developer has continued to attract investors for schemes that remain at best are pipe-dreams. Nassau & Suffolk Counties shouldn't be hanging any hope on this dream nor should plans be contingent upon Casinos being developed. More at

    The developers been promising a casino and all its anticipated rewards to Port Huron, MI for nearly 20 years and still -- NOTHING!