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2 Shinnecock Tribal Trustees Ousted

Gaming contract controversy results in removal of elected officials.

Two  tribal trustees, and two other top officials, have been removed from office by the Southampton tribe following controversy concerning casino contracts, according to Newsday.

Shinnecock Nation spokeswoman Beverly Jensen confirmed to Patch Tuesday afternoon that Trustees Lance Gumbs and Gordell Wright have been forced to step down.

Newsday reports that Gateway Casino Resorts, the Detroit-based developer that has an agreement with the tribe to establish a Shinnecock casino, learned that some tribal officials were violating the contract by working with an outside businessman toward a gaming facility in Manhattan or Nassau County.

According to Newsday, in addition to Gumbs and Wright, two members of the Shinnecocks' gaming authority were kicked out, and another member of the tribe was instructed to stop conducting business using the tribe's name

Gumbs and Wright were . It was Gumbs' ninth nonconsecutive term and Wright's fourth.

Jensen said the tribe is still considering what to do about the vacancies on the three-member board.

Learn more at newsday.com. (Subscription required)

East Hampton Retiree August 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
The power struggle will start, now that there's big money coming to the Res. I hope the tribe can deal with it. Otherwise, given their love for shooting guns, that place won't be safe for men, women or children to live. Good luck and stay tuned.
christie nicolle August 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Where is Black Elk when you need him??
rich fitz September 01, 2012 at 04:30 AM
at least they still have guns to shoot.as for the rest of america we are coming to the age of LOCKDOWN.
Andren Ess April 02, 2013 at 04:09 AM
The over arching goal is to remove all Indian sovereignty from land. Why wait for the bloodlines to die off or keep inheriting the grandfathering laws the nations have submitted themselves to. It is a masterful move, based on lucrative deals, but ultimately the results should have the land under private control and a tax haven for those who can take advantage of the laws. What a shame, that money can by your birthright, the only worry now is to watch out for the incentive to have a casino there to be a worthless investment. After all their are three more in the pipeline, this deal is just what is called a loss leader but a masterful move on some slow thinking greedy people who would in reality sell their mothers and birthright for some fun times today.

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