So, the Nutmeg state is scared of the threats to the once undaunted Native American Casinos in southeastern CT. Hey – why not change the rules? Here are the suggested changes – a new deal with the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans, the operators of Foxwoods Resorts Casino and Mohegan Sun.
- The tribes would be given permission to jointly expand off tribal lands.
- The tribes would be able to have a better chance at preserving jobs and its existing share of gambling revenues
- The Tribes would jointly build a casino off I-91 near the Massachusetts line to intercept patrons on their way to MGM Springfield, which is due to open in 2017.
What will all this become? Be patient, this story is long but over.
However, there is a sub-plot to all of this. Connecticut still has an odd history concerning it’s tribes – those who have and those who have not. This week, I wish to combine some articles written in the past year, with some interesting history of the Native American tribes in CT. I suggest that the status of Indian tribes in CT in terms of recognition and the BIA is based mostly on economics and CT legislators, not on entitled sovereignty that is due.
That’s all for now.