Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Continuing Up-and-Down Fortunes of the Mashantucket Pequot

A Connecticut Indian Tribe Faces Its Eroding Fortunes From Foxwoods. (The New York Times, 11/30/2014)
Tribal leaders take some solace in the fact that the Pequots have rebounded before, going from near-extinction in the 17th century and again in the 1970s, when the reservation had just one year-round resident, to becoming one of the wealthiest tribal nations by the end of the 20th century.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

The museum, which cost $225 million to build and covers seven acres, is bigger than the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. It has a massive diorama of a 17th-century Pequot village, a restaurant, an auditorium, a museum shop, libraries and archives for archaeological and documentary research and a 185-foot-tall tower with a viewing platform that looks out onto the reservation and the Foxwoods Resort and Casino less than a mile away.

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