“This economic impact study clearly shows the tremendous value and potential for a third casino in Southwestern Connecticut, which would be immediately accessible to the tri-state area of Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island, is a market with an estimated gross gaming revenue of $3.8 billion, roughly five times the value of the area between Hartford and Springfield where [a] scaled down slot-house casino is being considered,” said Chief Richard Velky, Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. “A casino in southwestern Connecticut would create thousands of jobs where they are needed the most and would offer a high-quality gaming operation within the proximity of a much more populated area, as opposed to a smaller venue made up merely of slot machines and table operations in a much more limited market.”
“It is clear to me that the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation has been treated unfairly for a long time, and [it] has meritorious claims against the state,” Lieberman said. “As this lawsuit demonstrates, the state acted unconstitutionally and breached its statutory fiduciary duties in taking tribal land, and STN is entitled to be compensated by the state for those wrongful acts.”
Chief Velky, Austin Tighe and Tom Rodgers. Schaghticoke tribe, Re: In a lawsuit filed in Hartford on Thursday, the Kent tribe alleges the state took the land it was managing for the Schaghticokes — eventually amounting to 2,000 acres — without compensating the tribe.
Listen to full interview on October 14th here:
“I will say something really quite personal, which is, looking back at what happened 12 years ago, for me, the opportunity to be involved in this litigation on behalf of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is what you might call a second chance to do right by them, Lieberman said Friday, at a news conference on the lawsuit……”
“I think, over time, the history is clear: they have been treated not just unfairly but grossly unfairly, and this gives me the opportunity to do something about that, Lieberman said.”
The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from the state for land that it says was taken from the tribe’s northwestern Connecticut reservation, beginning more than two centuries ago.
Access the complaint here.
Listen to Chief Velky’s full interview on September 19th here:
The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is dropping a short-lived lawsuit that challenged the bidding process for a new casino in Connecticut. But Chief Richard Velky hasn’t given up hope. He said the tribe will focus its efforts on the 2017 legislative session, when lawmakers will consider whether to move forward with the casino.
“Connecticut has announced its new Keno game, introduced in April, brought in $12 million in its first two months. That’s nearly twice what the state had projected.
Part of the proceeds are going to the state’s two federally recognized American Indian tribes, the Mashantucket and the Mohegan. But there are three other state-recognized Indian tribes in Connecticut. They are not getting any of the proceeds because only the two federally recognized tribes have a gaming compact with the state”
WSHU Senior Political Reporter Ebong Udoma and Reporter Davis Dunavin have been covering this development and spoke about it with Morning Edition Host Tom Kuser.
Listen to full interview here: http://wshu.org/post/schaghticoke-continues-fight-federal-recognition-and-its-benefits