Shinnecock Indians Receive Federal Recognition, Possibly Paving Way for New York City Casino
Well, it’s finally happened. After a court battle that lasted three decades, the Shinnecock Indians of Long Island finally received federal recognition by the Obama administration today, laying the groundwork for a legitimate casino to (potentially) be built in or around New York City. New York’s current casinos are tragically flawed, ranging from Empire City at Yonkers Raceway (which has slots, but no table games) to Turning Stone in Upstate New York (which doesn’t serve alcohol). The Shinnecock Indians currently live on an 800-acre plot in the Hamptons, but local uproar about the traffic implications of a Class II (slots only) casino is likely to prevent the Shinnecock from building there. Instead, they are preparing to negotiate a deal to build a class III casino — one that would allow table games — somewhere else in the state of New York, which we can only assume means New York City, where their profit would be unimaginable (and the potential tax windfall for New York just as impressive). This is obviously all speculation as no plans have been put in place (so don’t get too excited), but needless to say, a casino in the center of the universe would produce a whole mess of “Hangover” moments for Bros throughout the east coast to enjoy. Atlantic City was fun while it lasted, but New York City just might be the future.