'America is a stolen country'
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Gumbs on the sidelines, Tribal Trustee Fred Bess has become the most visible representative of the Shinnecock casino effort—making him a target of barbs from some within the tribe who say casino developer and financial backer Michael Malik is using Mr.
Bess to exert his own influence in tribal decision-making.
He was the only one of the three Tribal Trustees to attend a two-day gaming conference in Saratoga Springs in late June.
Malik and the five members of the tribal Gaming Authority were at the conference as well.
Gumbs was there too, though clearly not as part of the official tribal contingent, which traveled together by private plane.
Gumbs drove to the conference separately and said he paid his own registration fee.
He remained at the conference for several hours after the rest of the Shinnecock delegation had departed—rather abruptly, during a lunchtime keynote speech in which state Racing and Wagering Board Director John Sabini said it was unlikely the tribe would be opening a casino anytime soon—to hear a panel discussion that included G.
Michael Brown, the attorney who shepherded the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot casino campaigns through the approval process.
As the strong-willed Mr.
Gumbs has been pushed to the background and Mr.
Gumbs has long been a proponent of the tribe sticking to original plans for a casino in Suffolk County, preferably eastern Suffolk County.
He was appointed last year to a Suffolk County Legislature subcommittee formed specifically to explore the possibility, and the economic benefits, of a casino located somewhere in the county.
But tribal leaders have more recently indicated a preference for a location closer to the New York City metropolitan area, possibly at the Belmont Racetrack near the Queens-Nassau border, or even across the Hudson River in the Catskills region.
At the conference in Saratoga Springs, Mr.
Gumbs said he was shocked to hear that kind of admission from his counterpart.
Bess expressed drastically different views on what the ultimate benefit to the Shinnecock community would be from a casino.
Bess said recently that employment was not an important consideration as long as the profits from the casino were going to bolster the tribe financially.
Gumbs said he has always seen a gaming and entertainment facility as a potential place of long-term employment for tribal members—making it a necessity that the facility be relatively close to the Shinnecock Reservation just outside Southampton Village.
He said unfettered financial handouts are a quagmire that have torn apart other tribes around the country.
There are some real bad examples out there of what just giving handouts to tribe members will do.
The draw of major entertainment beyond the gaming offerings would be an important economic boost for the tribe well into the future, but only if the benefits came from paychecks, not paydays, he said.
Bess downplayed any disagreements between himself and Mr.
Bess said during the June convention, while waiting for a shuttle that would take him and the five Gaming Authority members to Mr.
Tribal Trustees are elected every year, with the top three vote-getters winning Tribal Trustee seats.
Gumbs said he plans to run for election again next year.
It seems to me that all tribe members have the same goal in mind - to establish a viable money-maker, a GREAT way of supporting their families and pumping money shinnecock indian casino a tribe that has received the short end of the stick for way too long.
To begrudge the Shinnecock nation ANY type advancement is just ridiculous.
To apply a NIMBY attitude is pretty brazen considering no one minded when THEIR backyard was stolen, developed and disrespected!!!!
I think this article was almost an attempt to make it look like there is great dissent within the tribe -- the old "Divide and Conquer" technique.
The trustees, shinnecock indian casino and present, may have many opinions, but they are united in their goals - how they get there will be subject to many discussions resulting in a plan that some will be happy with and some will not.
But don't doubt for a minute that they won't succeed.
This has been a long time coming, and they deserve success, security, recognition and RESPECT.
Well sghmomma, I'm sure you shinnecock indian casino have the NIMBY tude too if they were talking about the old racetrack or somewhere on the turnpike.
Do you even know where Newtown rd is?
Even on a slow day traffic can be dangerous.
Lance and Fred are all about money!
Thats a well known fact!
Always have been always will be and will step on every and everyone to get what they want!
Watch how quickly the tribe crumbles if the casino goes up Mr.
Bless is being duped read more Mr.
The federal government has ruled against tribes attempting to put casinos too far from their reservations on the grounds that tribal members would not benefit https://bonus-jackpot-deposit.site/indian-casino-179/casino-maine-indian-6875.html employment.
The casino needs to be close enough to the Shinnecock lands so tribal members can easily commute.
Hampton Bays is where the casino should be, the hell with those NIMBY's.
Do you honestly think that the majority of the profits from the casino will be given to the tribal members.
Malik's management company takes their cut, the remainder will be given to tribal trustees who will take shinnecock indian casino cut and very little will be given to individual tribal members.
That's why it is important that reservation residents be given preference in employment hiring and be close enough for a reasonable commute.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!
Lance has obviously lost his damn mind!
He must think that this is the smoke shop he owns where he pays illegal immigrants minimum wage.
This will not be your casino Lance where you pick and choose who gets what.
This is a tribal decision and since the entire tribe is going to have to shinnecock indian casino recognized in order to get the damn casino everyone should benefit.
I'm so sick and tired of these two corrupt leaders Fred Bess and Lance Gumbs doing all they can to ruin the Shinnecock nation and culture and now if there's a casino only those who work for the casino will reap the benefits?!
While Lance and Fred sit on their high horse collecting thousands shinnecock indian casino dollars off the apartment complexes built in their backyards and Lances mothers continue reading />Come on Shinnecock get it together, cause if you don't stop allowing the corruption there will be no future for this tribe.
Lahleas, I always thought they were hippocrates.
They have been employing people who are not Shinnecock to build their assorted projects on the Res when I know damn well there are very talented tradesmen there who would benefit.
How about a Casino Club Member Card?
Where a person could obtain a Membership and be entitled to a lunch on a given day?
My wife and I would be first in line!!!
Especially during those long winter months!!
'America is a stolen country'
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