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Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe changes architects for casino plan

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This artist's rendering of proposed First Light Resort and Casino has been scrapped now that the tribe has changed architects. Image from Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has changed casino architects, a move that has increased its debt load, The Cape Cod Times reports.

Steelman Partners has taken over the $500 million First Light Resort and Casino. The firm is being paid $900,000 per month, for a total of $14.5 million, tribal sources told the paper.

The tribe already paid more than $13 million to JCJ Architects for the original designs. "We're paying again for new designs and going deeper into debt," a source told the paper. "Why?"

The tribe is now $90 million in debt, sources told the paper. The casino has yet to receive final approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Tribe switches architects for Taunton casino (The Cape Cod Times 7/26)

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