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Casino City Newsletter: Issue 235 Volume 5 Page 1
"At the minimum, the results of Tuesday's referendum should allow us to offer the Las Vegas-style gaming machines," said Jim Shore, general counsel for the Seminole Tribe.
But a broad view of the federal law "would
It is the tribe's broad interpretation of the law that Shore
said tribal leaders plan to push with the state.
Shore, of the Seminole Tribe, said some courts in the western United States have ruled that allowing enhanced slot machines paves the way for other casino games.
acknowledged there also have been legal opinions that have gone the other way.
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#89. JIM SHORE - Someone born on a Native American reservation." - 100 Interviews
#89. JIM SHORE - Someone born on a Native American reservation."
Jim Shore, the General Counsel for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is completely blind behind his dark sunglasses.
One eye was blind at birth and the other lost sight after a car accident in 1970.
In 2002, Jim
survived being shot three times, once in the chest.
was the first Seminole Indian to attend law school, and he
helped negotiate the first acquisition of an international corporation by a tribe of Native Americans, a $965 million dollar deal that handed the entire Hard Rock casino, hotel and restaurant franchise to the Seminole Tribe
story is remarkable, but Jim Shore
would be the last person to tell you that.
A couple weeks ago, my father and I went to the Seminole Tribe
's South Florida headquarters for an official meeting with Jim
Everyone from the security guard to the office assistants was in awe of him.
story is amazing," we heard over and over.
We're directed to a conference room and soon enough, Jim
My father and I are instructed to stand and introduce ourselves when he
arrives, so he
knows from our voices where we're sitting.
is 66 years old.
has a round face, dark skin, and graying hair.
speaks with a mix of a Southern and Midwestern accent that sounds like he's
a John Wayne character.
He's a self-described hard worker and never takes vacations unless it's traveling for work.
Other than the occasional smirk, he
doesn't make any facial expressions.
In the beginning, interviewing him is unnerving.
It's not that he's
distant or unfriendly.
just all business.
Jim was born in a traditional chickee hut on the Brighton Reservation near Glades County in northern Florida.
grew up on the res.
father had cattle and horses and Jim
worked as a ranch hand, farmer and cowboy whenever he
wasn't in school.
mother was a homemaker, taking care of Jim
was in the fourth grade, his
government-funded reservation school shut down due to lack of money.
All the students were transferred to the nearby public Okeechobee schools, after other public schools declined to take the reservation students.
It was the first time Jim
and the other young members of the Seminole Indian tribe were integrated in the community at large beyond quick trips into town.
He graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1963.
"They fought the U.S. government to the point where they quit fighting us and so forth," Jim
"So Seminoles here are descendants of that 200 or 300 that were able to fight off the government.
There's at least 3,700 of us now."
The Seminoles that were removed to Oklahoma formed their own, larger tribe.
The ties that may have existed back then no longer do, Jim
They have their own government and membership.
And a somewhat strained relationship still exists between the US government and the Seminole Tribe
The tribes deal mainly with the federal government, because that's where the money comes from.
says the relationship depends on which administration is involved: Republicans or Democrats.
says, gets very little assistance.
says the revenue they generate from gaming helps the Seminole Tribe
stay out of debt better than other, less business-oriented tribes.
Not all tribes do, but the Seminoles have a system where, depending on the budget and how much gaming money is projected for the year, each tribal member gets some monetary assistance.
Aside from money, Jim
prefers the federal government be hands off.
"I figure it is just to leave us alone and then we'll be in good shape," he
"There's people that, for whatever reason, historically unknown, may never get along with the tribe; but then there's other people in the country here, for no reason at all, they will always be supportive of the tribe.
So there's no one group
across the board that you can say reflects how they feel about the tribe...I think we always have faith in mankind."
It's strange that they would.
My dad, who grew up in the same area of South Florida around the same time as Jim
, tells him he
remembers a lot of prejudice and bigotry towards the American Indians
in the 1960s.
says that on Brighton reservation, he
friends were lucky.
In the old days, Jim
says, if you were not white and you tried to go through Davie or Hollywood, Florida, you could get stopped by police.
In the safety of the reservation, Jim
grew up speaking both Creek, the tribe's native language, and English, which he
learned on his
Some Seminole tribal members can speak both Creek and Miccosukee, but Jim
regretfully admits he's
That's a staple of my conversation with Jim
: downplaying accomplishments.
tone of voice never changes, even when discussing things he
reluctantly admits might seem "extraordinary or crazy."
For example, nine years ago, an unknown gunman tried to murder Jim
through the sliding glass door of his
The bullets went through his
chest and shattered a bone in his
Blood flowing down to his
right hand, he
The assailant, who some in the tribe suspect was a person who blamed Jim
for a bad business negotiation, was never caught.
Since then, the tribal government has provided him with tight security.
"People that have heard my voice on 911 says I made it sound like it was just a plain, cool day here," he
says, laughing softly.
"They would have been screaming or something.
car accident, Jim
went to a rehabilitation program for four months in Daytona, Florida.
The program taught him how to get along without sight, including how to read Braille.
"I don't think I was upset at any time.
You've got to be realistic in life these days," Jim
"Whenever I woke up from the hospital all I seen was a red glob and I probably knew that I was going to never see again.
Whether you like it or not, that's the way it is, so you just have to deal with it.
I think that's what I did."
After rehabilitation, Jim
went to junior college in 1973 and then law school, which he
finished in 1980.
never thought he'd become a lawyer.
"Well, there's not much you can do when you can't see, so you have to start all over again," he
He could no longer be a cowboy without sight.
"I just took things a day at a time, when I went through rehab and then I started junior college.
I didn't even know if I could make it in the junior college.
So I just started there and just ended up surviving a semester at a time until I got through.
I was never going to go to school until I lost my sight."
There were no computers, so Jim
listened to a lot of textbooks on tape, which he
would order way ahead of time.
was a history major but toward the end of his
college career, Jim
didn't want to teach.
That's when he
applied to and was accepted at Stetson University College of Law
in DeLand, Florida.
came to South Florida in 1981, and it wasn't long before Jim
started working for the Seminole Tribe
at the chairman's request.
The tribe didn't have many college graduates then.
only vaguely knew he
was the first to attend law school.
"When you're the first one, you could always be the first one to flunk out, too," he
"I was lucky I made it through."
It was an accomplishment, he
says, that was lost on his
very traditional parents.
"What do they know about law schools and so forth?," he
"They knew we were something, but they wouldn't know the extent of what it was."
Having a lawyer on the team that was also a member of the tribe was a boon for the Seminole Tribe
already knew the tribal members and could "bring something extra than you would if it was just strictly from the books," he
A non-tribal member with the same education would lack the attachment Jim
It helps the people relate to him.
In the legal world, Jim
is most well known for the 2007 Hard Rock negotiations.
The tribe wanted to get more involved with gaming and using the iconic "Hard
Rock" name would help immensely, Jim
The name was owned by a company in England.
The Seminole Tribe
was granted permission to use the name on their Hollywood, Florida and Tampa, Florida casinos for ten years.
They wanted a more secure deal.
"So our management then thought that it may be a good idea to buy the Hard
Rock itself so we don't pay them; we'll be paying our
Jim Shore, the ...
Jim Shore, the Seminoles' general counsel, wrote in an op-ed published in the Sun Sentinel newspaper earlier this month that the state should reject destination resort casinos included in a Senate gambling proposal and instead stick to its agreement with the tribe.
Jim Shore, general counsel ...
Jim Shore, general counsel of the Seminole Tribe and a tribe member, wrote in a Wednesday op-ed column for the South Florida Sun Sentinel that continuing the arrangement is good for Florida.
But, by not continuing, the state not only risks billions of dollars in future revenue, but also suggests a willingness to invest more in out-of-state interests whose primary focus is elsewhere, not Florida, he
For example, Malaysian-based Genting Resorts World wants to lease Gulfstream Racetracks slot-machine license and open for business on the site of the former Miami Herald building that Genting now owns.
The property overlooks Biscayne Bay.
The compact also ensures that Florida gaming is both profitable and controlled versus other places, like Atlantic City, where rapid gaming expansion came at a huge financial and social cost, Shore