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Mon July 16, 2012
Narragansetts want a top-level meeting
By IAN DONNIS
PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the Narragansett Indian tribe wants to meet with state leaders to discuss how they've been left out of the move toward increased gambling.
Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas says he believes state officials have discriminated against his tribe. He points to how the state is focusing its efforts on adding table games at Twin River and Newport Grand.
Thomas says that's why he wants to sit down with Governor Lincoln Chafee and legislative leaders. "I think that the state should sit down with the Narragansett Indian tribe and find out what we can do. If we can do gaming or whatever, because just to continually fight us there's nothing wrong with sitting down and talking."
Thomas says the Narragansetts get about $800,000 a year in gambling revenue from the state. But a US Senate bill in the 90s made it unusually difficult for the tribe to be able to establish their own casino.
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