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Casino bid causes stir in Jackson Township

Published: Wed, October 20, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Elise Franco


North Jackson

A pitch by James A. Traficant Jr. for support in his efforts to build a casino in North Jackson stirred a heated debate among residents Tuesday night.

Traficant, who’s running as an independent candidate in the 17th Congressional District, spoke to the Jackson Township trustees and about 150 residents about a proposed Indian casino, hotel, convention center, bank and possibly an indoor amusement park in North Jackson on the corner of Bailey Road and Mahoning Avenue.

He said the people of North Jackson should support the plan, knowing it will bring at least 1,000 new jobs into the community.

“By law, Indians must hire Indians,” Traficant said. “But less than 20 percent of these casinos are employing Indians because they’re not able to find any.”

Residents had varying opinions on the casino plan.

Many said the fact that American Indians don’t pay taxes or fees should raise concern, while others said crime could increase as more people come through the township.

Traficant said details on what would be paid to the township would be worked out contractually through the tribes, the county commissioners and township trustees.

One resident, Betty Byrem, said she favors the proposed casino and the business it would bring to the community.

“I’ve had three children grow up here and go to school here, and they’ve moved out of the area because there’s nothing here. No jobs for them,” she said.

Trustee Chuck Booth said the board is open to more discussion about the potential casino but needs more specific information about how it would benefit North Jackson.

Booth said if a casino is built, the township would have to hire additional police and fire personnel.

“We’re pro-development, but we have a lot of things we need answered,” he said. “Our biggest concern will be where we’ll get revenue for increased safety enforcement.”

One problem keeping the plan from moving forward is an apparent lack of federal recognition in Ohio for the Itana [Indigenous Tribal Affiliates of Native America] Indian Nation in Provo, Utah, and Munsee Delaware Indian Nation USA in Cambridge, Ohio.

Traficant said getting this recognition won’t be a problem because an 1813 treaty between the Munsee tribe and the United States supersedes any current law.

“It’s going to be one big legal fight, and I think we’ll win it,” he said.

Traficant said a meeting Thursday with Mahoning County commissioners should shed more light on the plan.

“I have a trump, folks,” he said. “That trump will be presented [Thursday] to the commissioners.”

Commissioner Anthony Traficanti said he and his fellow commissioners are open to the project but need more information.

“You don’t want to ignore the fact of the jobs it could bring,” he said. “We want to review everything the best we can, but we need to have something written in a formal sense.

“There are still a lot of legalities we have to look at.”


1michael1757(479 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I think the only reason Trafficant is doing this is,1) they're,(The Indians) are paying him a kickback,which we all know he's more than willing to take,& 2) he think's it's going to get him vote's,& he's going to sneak in the back door,like he's a saving grace,which again,I think is in his mind only. Take a hike jimbo

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2Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

@ michael1757


From the way this is going it's clear that those Indians didn't seek a criminal history Jim Traficant, he sought them.

Where he absolutely thought it was another " something for nothing " plot to chisel more tax dollars. To include one that was inaccurately perceived the valley residents would fall for.

Lastly and to include one that would provide the impression that he was to look favorable to voters to consider him to perch in congress again.

What he's finding is valley voters see through it and he's being rejected and this attempt is sealing his fate in manner of non acceptance.

By Anthony Traficanti stating he's interested in the scheme. Is an express route to him getting himself dealt a dose of slim fast via campaigning to become unemployed by the voters at the first available opportunity.

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Jim, like Custer will soon have a lot in common.

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4Attis(1114 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

After brutally slaughtering the ancestors of the Munsee-Delaware people in what became Ohio, killing all their leaders, driving out the survivors, and stealing all their land, don't you think returning a mere 20 acres to their descendants is the morally right thing for a nation under God to do?

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5fcb(449 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

When is the news media going to stop giving this "WACKBALL" a stage?His ego demands that he be out in front in the lime light at any cost to any one else.The guy is a ex. con,liar,cheat,and one of the biggest crooks this valley has ever had. He is like a wounded animal.If you leave him alone and quit talking to him he will crawl back down into his hole where he belongs and you won't hear from him again. Casino,give me a break,whos going to go there,all the people who lost their jobs at GM!

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6pacer(68 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Jim is trying to bring jobs to the area. Who else is trying? The steel valley has closed . Move on to other things and quit crying over spilled milk.

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7PHISHIE(105 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Actually, the casino project is a good one. Perhaps, though a better place would be in downtown Youngstown. There is a lot of open acreage around the Wean Building. It would also be close to the Community Center or whatever it is called. Jim has a good idea but wrong place. On the river downtown would be a good place

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Acquire some more land and let's put in a horsetrack also ! We could run busses from New York City to the casino . They already ship us their garbage to our landfills so we may as well take their money gambling !

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9fcb(449 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

You people are missing the point.#1 The guy is a crook. #2 Who the hell in this valley has money to go to a casino? Jim is trying to bring jobs here! Give me a break. Wake up and get a life,the guy isn't doing any thing for any one but his self.Also,for you people that would walk off a cliff for him,I hate to tell you this but there also is no tooth ferry!

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