Revenge of the Pequots: How a Small Native American Tribe Created the World's Most Profitable Casino

Revenge of the Pequots: How a Small Native American Tribe Created the World's Most Profitable Casino

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by Kim Isaac Eisler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0803267452

ISBN-13: 9780803267459

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books

The Mashantucket Pequots have had a long and proud history, enduring for centuries even after colonists and historians believed them to have been exterminated by the British in 1637. By the early 1970s, however, the legacy of their generations rested on the shoulders of a single elderly woman, upon whose death the Pequots' reservation would fall into government

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The Mashantucket Pequots have had a long and proud history, enduring for centuries even after colonists and historians believed them to have been exterminated by the British in 1637. By the early 1970s, however, the legacy of their generations rested on the shoulders of a single elderly woman, upon whose death the Pequots' reservation would fall into government hands. Her grandson, Richard "Skip" Hayward, and other relatives responded to her pleas and kept alive the tribe and its land by coming to live on the reservation.

Journalist Kim Isaac Eisler tells in riveting detail how Hayward and others skillfully manipulated laws, court decisions, and political connections to permit the Mashantucket Pequots to found the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in 1992. Located in Ledyard, Connecticut, Foxwoods today is arguably the world's most profitable casino complex, grossing over one billion dollars annually. The Mashantucket Pequots have become staggeringly rich, their tribal membership has swelled, and they are now an influential force in national politics. Their triumph has not been without controversy: Eisler also examines the volatile issue of racial identity among the Pequots and looks at the negative impact of Foxwoods on those who also make their home in the Connecticut woods.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803267459
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Pages:
267
Sales rank:
461,704
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Call from the President13
I.Beginnings23
1.The Pequots Meet the English25
2.The Rise and Fall of Mashantucket46
II.Battling the Odds61
3.Tom Terrific63
4.Bingo Billie89
5.A Tribe Wins at Poker108
III.Jackpot!121
6."Dances With Wolves"123
7.The Land Bridge to Asia141
8.The Bells Begin Ringing165
IV.Cashing In183
9.Grand Plans and Growing Pains185
10.Turnabout Is Unfair Play193
11.The Battle of Old Blue Eyes204
12.The Pequots Lose a Bet216
13.Hail to the Chief230
Acknowledgments243
Source Note and Bibliography245
Index253

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Revenge of the Pequots: How a Small Native American Tribe Created the World's Most Profitable Casino 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, I couldnt put it down. I thought that the whole story of what they had to do to get where they are today was great and very interesting. I personally enjoy going down to the casinos in CT and to read the inside track on it all brought a lot of insight.