Shinnecock Nation and Seminole Hard Rock Join Forces For Casino Venture

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The Southampton-based Shinnecock Nation has entered into an agreement with the Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment and developer Tri-State Partners for a casino venture in New York. The Shinnecock Nation have long wanted to build and operate their own casino to advance an economic agenda for tribal employment and gaming revenues. Now, they have moved closer to that ambition.

A Fully Vested Partnership

In a statement made last Wednesday, the Shinnecok Nation announced that they have forged a “fully vested” partnership with the tribal gaming giant to develop “world class entertainment destinations”. The treaty is expected to create hundreds of jobs and and revenue sources not just for the Shinnecock Nation but also for the State of New York.Tribal casinos generally pay a tax of 25% of their gaming revenues to the state under existing tribe-state covenants.

The tribe also revealed that the U.S National Indian Gaming Commission has approved its tribal gaming ordinance this summer. It’s application was deemed approved after the NIGC chairman took no action to approve or disapprove the Shinnnecock Nation’s application within the 90-day deadline. With the validation, they are now permitted to operate class II gaming on tribal land, and class III gaming on tribal land or land taken into trust in behalf of the tribe.

Long Wanted a Casino

After their federal recognition in 2010, the 660-member tribe worked with the Detroit-based Gateway Casino Resorts to build one or more casinos in the state but eventually, their discussions failed to materialize. The tribe also explored a 97-acre property Westwoods property in Hampton Bays but the facility isn’t expected to be used for gaming purposes.

The Shinnecock Nation also operates the first solar oyster hatchery in the East Coast. In 2019, they also unveiled the first of two electronic billboards along Highway 27 ( also known as Sunrise Highway) in Newhampton. The 61-foot billboard features advertisements that change after a few seconds. Aside from outdoor advertising, they also have prime real estate in the area.