RIPR News
11:53 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Governor to discuss Twin River with tribe

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee is scheduled to meet Wednesday with members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe regarding their interest in potentially purchasing Twin River and converting it into a full-scale casino.


Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas says he believes if the governor and local officials are on board, his tribe could legally move forward without the need for a constitutional amendment, and quickly.


"You could literally do this in months," Thomas says. "I think this gives Rhode Islanders an opportunity to get people to work and it could have an immediate impact."

He says a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling preventing the tribe from moving some Charlestown land into trust would not interfere with any possible plans at Twin River.

Thomas says Governor Chafee has not indicated his thoughts on the idea but that he's the first governor to offer to hear him out in more than 15 years.

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