Electronic Bingo or Sovereignty!
In the Cape Cod newspaper, the Massachusetts Governor applies a new twist in gaming negotiations to bend things their way.
"No casino license shall issue to an applicant who is a federally recognized Native American tribe located in the Commonwealth or an applicant who is partnered with a federally recognized Native American tribe located in the Commonwealth unless the Native American tribe has entered into a contractual agreement with the Commonwealth in which the Native American tribe agrees to waive any and all of its rights under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C sections 2701 et seq., and be subject to the civil and criminal laws, statutes, ordinances, and jurisdiction of the Commonwealth..."
To make the negotiations more attractive, the State is telling the Tribe to waive IGRA, negotiate with us and we can have our Casino now. If we negotiate under IGRA, it will take you forever.
The new Magic Bullet: A mortal wound to tribal advantage
27% to state, $335k to bid, $1 billion to invest, $200m to license.
What’s very interesting at this point is “Who will have total control, Tribe or State”.
An interesting Illinois blogger said on May 20, 2007, “The County is not taking the Tribe’s word for anything. There was a letter issued some time ago indicating that the Tribe’s claims were credible done by the US Government. The Tribe has not taken the additional steps to have the entire area taken/seeking Reservation status that I am aware of – although it could. Reservation status would change everything for the Tribe and the town to a situation where the Tribe could call its own shots. I believe that’s why the County is dealing with the Tribe now to prevent reservation status from being sought.”
Sometime soon, maybe at a special meeting, the TC will present a plan to us to decide if we want to have some kind of gaming on the Shabbona land. October 1, 2007.
“The rest of the week Rey, Jackie and I will be in Illinois meeting with the DeKalb County board to attempt to finalize our intergovernmental agreement. I hope that we can work out the issues and sign the agreement in November (they only meet once a month and will need time to present the agreement to their constituency, as do we).” Should this land be in Trust first so negotiations would lean our way? Is the TC negotiating in our best interest of DeKalb County, the Tribal Council or the Nation?
Then on October 14, the Daily Chronicle printed, "DeKalb County and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation are “much closer to an agreement” on how the two would work together if the tribe builds on land it owns north of Shabbona, county officials said last week.”
There is a new Chairman and maybe we can get some exposure on the details of this plan. If they desire to give away our sovereignty and IGRA rights in this plan, they should tell us. At least tell us if the land is in Trust. Whatever is told to us must be the whole truth because we are placing our trust in them. Also, without advance reading of this plan, will they ask us to approve that plan on the same day of the meeting?
A couple of months ago, the TC made public comments to give away some of the Shabbona land.
We need to know what they are giving up in these negotiations before its finalized."
-Thomas M. Wabnum