Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Connecticut Political Operatives Fight Shinnecock Recognition

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Matthew Hennessey, former chief of staff to disgraced Hartford mayor Eddie Perez, said a group he represents is appealing the Shinnecock Tribe's federal recognition decision.

The Connecticut Coalition for Gaming Jobs has not disclosed who is financially supporting the group. The group claims to be comprised of "small businesses, employees, employers, corporations, individual and taxpayers advocating for the retention and growth of gaming jobs in Connecticut."

The Shinnecock Tribe of Long Island has made it clear that it wants to open a casino in New York which is the reason why the Connecticut Coalition for Gaming Jobs is fighting their recognition, according to an article in today's Hartford Courant.

In an indication of how the culture of gambling has resulted in pitched battles with legitimate Indian tribes, the group is calling on the federal government to reverse the Tribe's federal recognition alleging that it failed to meet the all the criterion for federal recognition.

The Shinnecock's federal recognition decision was announced on June 15 and allows for a 30-day comment period that will expire this week.

Note: Subsequent to this article spokespersons for both the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe have publicly denied any involvement with this group.