Shinnecock Indian Nation to Build Casinos
THE SOUTHAMPTON, L.I.-BASED SHINNECOCK INDIAN NATION HAS TEAMED UP with the wealthy Ilitch family—which built its fortune through the Little Caesars pizza chain and which owns MotorCity Casino—to fund its casino ambitions, according to Crain's Detroit Business. The Shinnecocks, who were recently recognized by the federal government as an American Indian tribe, said they may build up to three casinos on Long Island to improve the lives of their 1,200 members, who live in mobile homes on about 800 acres adjacent to the upscale Hamptons. The tribe has been looking for potential sites since 2003, and it's in talks with private developers and community leaders.Blogger's Note: Somehow the poor impoverished Shinnecock people came up with $1,250,000 it paid to D.C. lobbyists to win federal recognition and advance Gateway Casino Resorts' schemes for Long Island. Gateway paid an additional $1,085,000 to D.C. lobbyists for a total of $1,905,000 reportedly paid to D.C. lobbyists. Malik & the Ilitch family also contributed more than $1,200,000 to Members of Congress and their various affiliated campaign committees and PACs.