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Long Island tribe could get casino
New York Post,
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 1:52:03 PM
The Shinnecock Indian Nation of Southampton was given preliminary approval for federal recognition yesterday in a landmark ruling that could result in downstate's first casino.
The designation would permit the 1,066-member tribe to immediately open a Class II gambling facility -- which permits bingo and certain slot machines, but no table games -- on its ramshackle Southampton reservation.
But Shinnecock sources said the tribe would much prefer to open a full-fledged casino, and will seek to transfer its rights to Aqueduct or Belmont racetracks or vacant land in Riverhead.
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