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Slot facility won't affect Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's compact

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Artist's rendering of proposed First Light Resort and Casino. Image from Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded the state's sole license for a slot machine facility but it won't affect the Class III gaming compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

The compact calls for a 2 percent reduction in the tribe's revenue sharing rate if a slot machine opens in southeastern Massachusetts. The Plainridge Racecourse, which won the slot license, is located in a different region so the provision won't come into play.

The tribe still needs approval of its land-into-trust application before it can open the $500 million First Light Resort and Casino. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is preparing the final enviornmental impact statement for the project.

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Federal Register Notices:
Indian Gaming (February 3, 2014)
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Fee-to-Trust Transfer of Property and Subsequent Development of a Resort/Hotel and Tribal Government Facilities by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (November 15, 2013)

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