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Schaghticoke Tribal Nation forms LLC to pursue development of a new casino

The Kent-based Schaghticoke Tribal Nation has created the Confluence of Rivers Tribal Business Entity LLC in order to pursue development of Connecticut's third casino.  Chief Richard Velky, of Woodbury, said in a statement that the tribe intends to issue a request for proposals to establish a casino gaming facility in a municipality. 


Velky says this would be a significant economic development opportunity, and would also increase revenue gained by the state.


The Secretary of the State's office has been notified that the Derby-based business entity is seeking to pursue development of a commercial casino.  Secretary Denise Merrill says the plan does not comply with Special Act 15-7, as documented.  She says the application meets the standard to become an LLC, but not the tough requirements of the Special Act to open a new casino gaming facility.  Proposals would have to go through the Department of Consumer Protection.  The Act was approved by the legislature to compete with a planned casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.


While the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is recognized by the state, it does not have federal recognition.  Recognition approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2004 was reversed after members of the Congressional delegation and state officials decried the decision to grant sovereignty.  New rules by the BIA last year ban previously denied tribes to reapply for recognition.


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