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July 13, 2006
Narragansett chief puts casino opponents "on notice"
Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas says he's confident voters will approve a change to the state’s constitution that would allow the Harrah’s-Narragansett Indian casino to be built in West Warwick.
At a press conference today, Thomas said the casino deal will bring the tribe “benefits and opportunities we have only dreamed of,” millions of dollars that will help the Narragansetts relieve poverty and improve healthcare.
Thomas also said he would not allow casino detractors to attack the credibility or integrity of the tribe.
“I want to put our opponents on notice,” he said. “Attacks on this project, attacks on our effort to establish a tribal casino, attacks on our supporters or our partner will be considered a direct attack on the Narragansett Indian tribe.”
Thomas said the casino would reduce property taxes for Rhode Islanders by a projected $144 million a year.
The tribe on Tuesday released a summary of its contract with the Las Vegas financial backer, Harrah's, which would run the casino in West Warwick if it is approved by voters in November.
The tribe has declined to release the full contract.
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