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Shinnecocks Propose Major Gaming Facility at Aqueduct

NEW YORK CITY - The Shinnecock Indian Nation proposed a new gambling facility at Aqueduct as an alternative to the state's request for bids to operate 4500 video lottery terminal. The casino would have 490,000 square feet of gambling space, with 350 card tables and more than 10,000 slot machines. The tribe projects $2.1 billion in gaming revenues the first year generating $400 million in tax revenues. As an incentive the Shinnecock will abandon their plans to construct a casino at its 800-acre reservation in the East End of Long Island.

The governors office said "The state cannot consider a casino until the question of federal recognition of the tribe is resolved." A federal judge recognized the Shinnecocks in 2005, however, they have not been formally recognized by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The bureau's recognition is needed for casino development and a decision could be five years away. The Shinnecocks are hopeful this will be resolved sooner and reference recently discovered congressional reports up through the 1950s showing them on a federal list of tribes.

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