The Shinnecock Indian Nation has announced that it intends to begin construction of a casino resort on its territory on the eastern end of Long Island, which will be called Shinnecock Casino Hamptons.
Scheduled to commence during the coming summer, it follows the Shinnecock Council of Trustees developing a schedule for building the class II gaming facility, as well as an overview of the amenities the facility intends to offer.
“As we have seen with members of Tribal Nations, casinos provide an opportunity to lift our members from adversity,” said the Shinnecock Council of Trustees.
“Our ancestral lands were taken from us many years ago and New York state has refused to meet with us regarding stolen land claims that were filed over many decades.
“We have tried to resolve these issues over the last decade by proposing to find more suitable locations on Long Island, but were rebuffed. We have waited long enough and have decided to proceed here on our territory.”
The venue, which will be a class II gaming facility and be operated by the Shinnecock Nation, will feature a multitude of casino games as well as class II video terminals.
Confirming an association with Tri State Partners to assist with construction and operation of the casino, both parties are also in discussions with restaurant providers to provide a range of food options for guests. Tri State is also exploring appropriate right-sized venues within the casino for entertainment.
“Over the past several years we have witnessed the suffering of the Shinnecock Nation and also seen the opportunity to lift their people from the poverty they currently live in,” said Tri State Partners managing member Jack Morris.
“This will be a property Long Island residents will enjoy visiting, while enabling the Shinnecock Nation to take advantage of opportunities other members of Native American nations have harnessed.”
Adding: “We are starting with the casino, but we are also looking at multiple options for additional land acquisitions off territory, potentially including developing waterfront properties and hotels, which the eastern end of Long Island is lacking.”
The Shinnecock Nation received approval last summer from the National Indian Gaming Commission to operate a class II casino on its reservation in Southampton.
“It is our intention that this is the first of a number of casinos we hope to build in New York,” added the Trustees. “At a time when we see our country recognising the rights of all of its citizens, we hope this extends to some of New York’s first inhabitants, the members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.”