UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) _ A U.S. Army veteran was elected chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council that oversees the nearly 2,000-member tribe and its multibillion-dollar casino gambling enterprise in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Kevin Brown, who retired from the Army as a colonel in 2011 after 24 years, took an oath of office as a council member Monday and was elected chairman by the nine-member body, The Day of New London reported. He succeeds Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum.
Tribal members elected Brown to the council in August.
Brown, 48, said he sees no new gambling projects beyond those already planned. “We’ll continue to sail this boat in the direction it’s been sailing,” he said.
“To transition from a lifetime of service in the military to another opportunity to serve at home, with my family, it doesn’t get any better than that,” he said.
In addition to the Mohegan Sun, the tribe’s Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority operates Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and manages Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
Brown said he has no specific experience in the gambling business, but that he “need only look to the left and to the right” for help in areas “where I have any deficit in knowledge.”
His mother, Pauline Brown, is a Mohegan “nonner,” a title bestowed on revered female members of the tribe. His brother, Mark Brown, has been a member of the tribal council since 1995 and was chairman from 2000 to 2005.
The brothers are great-grandsons of Chief Matahga, who led the tribe from 1937 to 1952.
“I cannot tell you how important it was to me to stand with my family and friends at Mohegan Church today,” Brown said. “It’s the closeness, the culture, the family, the friends that matter. It’s not about a hotel or a new license.”
Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com
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