Newly recognized tribe talking casino, NY Times suggest alternatives

In an editorial today, the New York Times suggests that the Shinnecock Tribe of Southampton, Long Island, recently recognized as an Indian tribe by the United States should consider alternatives to putting a casino on it East End of Long Island property.

The paper repeats that canard that casinos are “a handmaiden to addiction, crime and other social ills.” In fact, a 1999 study conducted for the federal government by the University of Chicago shows that crime does not rise in areas with casinos but instead even drops slightly.

The paper notes the good news that federal recognition can bring to the Tribe and adds: “The good news on recognition would be even better if the tribe could foresee a future apart from slots and dice.”

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0 Responses to Newly recognized tribe talking casino, NY Times suggest alternatives

  1. CPN says:

    True that casinos do not increase crime rates. But it is sad that the first order of business for newly recognized tribes is to start a casino. Makes their motivations suspect. It would be a good study to see which tribes recognized since and including the Pequots have started or are trying to start gaming operations.

  2. samantha says:

    The editorial makes a good point by pointing the negatives associated with casinos and gambling. It also seems that the Shinnecock tribe will have a harder time since it will not be on reservation land. Considering these facts, I would tend to agree with the NY times editorial.

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