Friday, November 30, 2007

Constitution Amendment Vote 473-36

Ballots to amend the Mohegan Constitution were counted on November 30th and an amendment that prohibits enrollment of persons concieved with sold Mohegan biological material overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 473-36.

Ballots were sent to 1,076 adult tribal members according to the election committee.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Casino Union Vote at Foxwoods to be Held November 24th

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The National Labor Relations Board yesterday announced that they will conduct a union vote among the 3,000 dealers at Foxwoods casino on November 24th.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, the owners of Foxwoods casino, said that they will fight against any unionization on their land in federal courts, which will likely stall the matter for years.

"We'll take it all the way to the Supreme Court if need be,” said Saverio Mancini, a Foxwoods spokesman and former Mohegan Sun public relations manager.

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Maine Voters Reject Passamaquoddy Casino

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The Passamaquoddy Tribe´s quest for a harness racetrack with 1,500 slot machines in Maine appears to have been rejected by a majority of Maine´s voters in yesterday´s referendum.

The Passamaquoddys had hoped to build a racetrack with slot machines and bingo but 52% of the voters were against it, based on 80% of the state´s precincts vote tallies.

Earlier this year, the state´s legislature passed a bill that would have authorized the tribe to build a racetrack and casino but the governor vetoed it. The sole casino operator in Maine is Penn National Gaming, the former owner of Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

National American Indian Heritage Month

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The following news from the White House declares November 2007 "National American Indian Heritage Month" by proclamation of the President of the United States of America:

National American Indian Heritage Month is an opportunity to honor the many contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives and to recognize the strong and living traditions of the first people to call our land home. American Indians and Alaska Natives continue to shape our Nation by preserving the heritage of their ancestors and by contributing to the rich diversity that is our country's strength.

Their dedicated efforts to honor their proud heritage have helped others gain a deeper understanding of the vibrant and ancient customs of the Native American community. We also express our gratitude to the American Indians and Alaska Natives who serve in our Nation's military and work to extend the blessings of liberty around the world.

My Administration is committed to supporting the American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. In June, I signed the "Native American Home Ownership OpportunityAct of 2007," which reauthorizes the Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Program, guaranteeing loans for home improvements and expanding home ownership for Native American families. Working with tribal governments, we will strive for greater security, healthier lifestyles, better schools, and new economic opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

During National American Indian Heritage Month, we underscore our commitment to working with tribes on a government-to-government basis and to supporting tribal sovereignty and self-determination. During this month, I also encourage Federal agencies to continue their work with tribal governments to ensure sound cooperation. Efforts such as on-line training programs will improve interagency collaboration in the Federal Indian Affairs community and help to strengthen relationships with tribes, building a brighter future for all our citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2007 as National American Indian Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.


Mashantucket Tribal Council Election Results

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Members of the Mashantucket Pequot Nation re-elected one incumbent and elected one new councilor to its seven-member tribal council.

MarjorieColbut-Jackson was re-elected and the new tribal councilor is Maureen Sebastian. They will serve for three-year terms. Tribal Councilor Chalita Young was not re-elected.

The other members of the tribal council are: Michael Thomas (chairman), Kenneth Reels (vice chairman), Charlene Jones (secretary), Rodney Butler (treasurer) and Richard E.Sebastian.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Pocono Downs Revenue Falls by 20%

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Pocono Downs´ weekly gaming revenue fell by about 20% in the first week since a competing casino in the Poconos opened last week.

Mount Airy Casino, located about twenty miles from Pocono Downs, opened October 22nd with 2,523 slot machines and four restaurants. A 188-room hotel is scheduled to open on November 15th.The $412 million casino is the first of the five stand-alone casinos to open in Pennsylvania. The casino is expected to increase the number of slot machines to about 3,000 upon the completion of an expansion in 2008 when it will also add 212 more hotel rooms, a conference center and retail shops.

All casinos in Pennsylvania report gaming revenues on a weekly basis to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Pocono Downs reported $3.06 million in gaming revenues (the amount lost by customers) for the week that ended on October 28th versus $3.7 million in the prior week.

The extent of continuing losses at Pocono Downs will not be known until the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority issues its fourth quarter report in December. That report, however, will not cover the period in which the Mount Airy Casino has been open but will cover the period of July 1 through September 30.

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Pennsylvania casino gaming revenues by location for the week ending Oct 28th:

Narragansett Sachem Re-elected

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The Narragansett Tribe re-elected Matthew Thomas as Chief Sachem on October 27. Thomas received 306 votes and the only challenger, Paulla Dove Jennings, recieved 145 votes.

Jennings publically disagreed with the Narragansett Tribe´s decision to remove people from their tribal rolls. About 140 members who could not prove they descended from ancestors listed on an 1880 tribal census were recently removed from the rolls.