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Town not sold on Mashpee Wampanoag casino

Residents of a town in Massachusetts turned out by the thousands to vote for a casino deal with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in July 2007.

Two years later, some in Middleboro are beginning to think a casino will never come. They cite the tribe's decision to cancel a deal with investors and the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, which could negatively affect the tribe's land-into-trust application.

"I have so many hours in the day, and how do I want to spend them? Do I want to spend them going after something that to me looks like a long shot?" selectman Stephen McKinnon said at a recent town meeting, The Cape Cod Times reported.

The tribe plans to negotiate a new deal to proceed with the casino. Tribal leaders also believe they won't be hurt by the Supreme Court decision although they didn't gain federal recognition until May 2007.

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