As Gov. Andrew Cuomo eyes a referendum to allow seven new non-Indian gaming facilities in New York State, the 's ambition to open a Long Island casino continues to face set backs, according to Newsday.
The Southampton tribe cleared a major hurdle in October 2010, when it received recognition from the federal government, but more recently a number of sites that were considered for a casino have proven to be unfeasible, or at least unlikely, Newsday reports, including and Belmont Park.
A number of politicians who once backed a casino at Belmont have withdrawn their support, according to Newsday, and tribal leaders' requests that Cuomo meet with them to discuss a suitable location for a Shinnecock facility in the state have been refused.
Internal factors have affected the tribe's plans as well.
Two of the Shinnecock Nation's three tribal trustees were , along with two members of the tribe's gaming authority, after allegations that they were conducting business deals without the tribe's approval, according to Newsday.
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