Shinnecock Nation announced a partnership with Tri State Partners to develop a casino complex on its reservation in Southampton.
Jack Morris, a director of Tri State Partners, has previously worked with another tribe, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino chain. This week it became known that his next project will be the Shinnecock Nation complex.
Shinnecock Nation has been negotiating with Morris since last fall. As for Hard Rock International, the brand stated that it will have nothing to do with the future Southampton project.
The future installation was approved by the US National Indian Gaming Commission It will be a class 2 facility, which will allow bingo halls and video lottery terminals. It would be the second casino in Suffolk County, after Jake’s 58 Hotel & Casino in Iceland, which opened in 2017.
This is not the Shinnecock Nation’s first attempt to open a casino on their land. Previous attempts they stopped repeatedly.
According to a report, the aim of the casino project is to increase the income of the tribe. Several other plans are reserved for Shinnecock Nation, as they recently built a second 61 Story Digital Billboard / Monument on Sunrise Highway, and the advertising revenue will go directly to the tribe.
The tribe also plans to open a fuel station and one store on tribal lands near the signs next year, along with a medical cannabis facility, which is expected to be located on its 900-acre reservation in Southampton.
However, not all members of the Shinnecock Nation agree with the future development plan. Some protested the construction of the Hampton Boathouses townhouse project, calling it a “stain” on the area’s heritage.
The future project is supposed to bring 37 drives to Hampton Bays, but some of the members of the tribe are convinced that it will also contribute to the deterioration of the natural resources of the region.
Tribal opposition also increased in other parts of the country. Last week, Native American tribes stopped Washington’s latest attempt to legalize gambling in the state.
The tribes that reside in Washington have powers to run sports betting and online gambling businesses. According to some, they are practically monopolizing sports betting in the state as they generate 82% of total sports betting revenue in Washington. It is natural that they do not want to give up their power, since the game is their main source of income.
Meanwhile, their monopoly does not harm the state, since the tribes are paying generously to the government of Washington.
For the sake of the future of gaming in the state, tribes and private companies must find a middle ground where both parties benefit.
Source: “Shinnecock Nation to Build Southampton Casino,” Tri State Real Estate News, February 17, 2021