Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'mashantucket'

Conference focuses on family violence and trauma

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is hosting its first conference on family violence and child trauma. Charlene Jones, a tribal council member, said violence is common in Indian Country. She said high rates of alcoholism and poverty contribute...

Mashantucket Tribe swears in new council members

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut swore in three council members on Monday. Richard E. Sebastian is the new vice chairman. He said he wants more tribal members to work at the tribe's casino, which recently cut 700...

Mashantucket Tribe firefighters hope to join union

Firefighters for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut want to organize with a labor union. The Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association filed a petition with the tribe's Employment Rights Office. The union seeks to organize under tribal law. Some...

All 722 Pequot employees offered buyout

All 722 governmental employees of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut have been offered a voluntary buyout package. Those who accept the buyout will receive up to a half year in pay and health benefits. That's more than the...

Mashantucket Tribe faces another union effort

Firefighters employed by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut are moving to organize into a union. The employees plan to join the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut. A source told The New London Day that the firefighters...

Column: Mashantucket gift comes at curious time

"It would be hard to fault the Mashantucket Pequots for their generosity to the community in the years since Foxwoods became such an enormous success. In fact, last year, as the Pequots donated $150,000 to 15 charities in Connecticut and...

Editorial: Mashantucket voters looking for change

"The Mashantucket Pequots, who voted in tribal elections last Sunday, have a lot in common with voters across the country who went to the polls Tuesday angry and frustrated. Americans were looking for a change. And so are the Mashantucket...

Longtime Mashantucket leader voted out of office

Kenneth Reels, a longtime leader of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, lost a bid for re-election on Sunday. Reels, the incumbent vice chairman, has served as chairman and a council member for nearly 20 years. The race...

Column: 'Visionary' Pequot leader eyes property

"Ever since Skip Hayward, creator of the Foxwoods juggernaut, dropped out of sight some years back, driven into political exile by contrary factions of his beloved Mashantucket Pequot tribe, I've come to think of him as our own Howard Hughes....

Three injured by propane fire at Pequot powwow

Three people were injured when a propane tank ignited at Schemitzun, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation's annual powwow. One 56-year-man suffered burns to 25 percent of his body. He remains in the hospital in fair condition. Two others were treated...

Opinion: Much to learn about historic Pequot War

"After more than 370 years the Pequot War (1636-1638) remains one of the most controversial and significant events in the Colonial and Native history of North America. The war has been debated, discussed and analyzed for centuries in hundreds...

Mashantucket museum celebrates 10 years

The museum owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut marks its 10th anniversary this month. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center opened to the public on August 11, 1998. Nearly 2 million people have visited the...

Mashantucket judge rejects tribal member petition

A judge for the Mashantucket Tribal Nation of Connecticut rejected a petition filed by tribal member that sought to reverse $40 million in budget cuts. Upwards of 900 tribal members signed the petition. But Judge Thomas J. Londregan said it...

Pequot Chairman: Telling my side of the story

"I am writing in response to David Collins' diatribe titled “Foxwoods forgetting its roots?,” published June 15. I've been the subject of many of his venomous, ill-informed and inaccurate writings. However, this is the first time that I've felt...

Column: Mashantucket Tribe deserves new leader

"When Michael Thomas was first elected to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, in 1994, he was still on probation for drug-dealing charges in Rhode Island, where he served six months of an 18-month prison sentence before being paroled. He was...

Mashantucket chairman fights arrest warrant

Michael Thomas, the chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, accused the mother of their four-year-old daughter of lying in court about the girl's custody status. Thomas said he was granted sole custody of Rain by the tribal...

Arrest warrant issued for Mashantucket chairman

A family court in New York has ordered the arrest of Michael Thomas, the chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. The warrant was issued in a custody dispute between Thomas and Vanessa Hyman. Thomas and Hyman...

Editorial: Connecticut tribe tightens its belts

"The recession — if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck ... — is taking a bite out of the casino industry, so much so that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is about to shed about 170...

Editorial: Tough times for Mashantucket Tribe

"Any sovereign democracy is going to face tumultuous times. Such a time is at hand for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe where a large group of members is agitating to have more of a say in their government. They're upset, and...

Mashantucket Tribe plans to lay off employees

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut plans to lay off employees today, The New London Day reports. Hundreds of employees could lose their jobs, the paper said. It's part of the tribe's effort to reduce spending. The tribe wants...

Column: Mashantucket Pequots protest cut in services

"All is not well in the Kingdom of Mashantucket. It's no secret that the casino business is off. Slots are down. Competition is growing. When Standard & Poor's downgraded the Mashantucket Pequots' credit rating recently, one of the problems analysts...

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