Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has more hurdles in casino quest

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe must clear some more hurdles in its quest for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts.

As a newly recognized tribe, the Mashpees qualify for an exception in Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn said in a letter this week. But the tribe still needs to gain approval of its land-into-trust application and its Class III gaming compact before moving forward.

The BIA has promised a final decision on the application later this spring. The compact has yet to be finalized but negotiations with the state are ongoing.

Get the Story:
Ruling backs Mashpee tribe's land claims (The Cape Cod Times 2/13)
Tribe clears first federal hurdle for casino; three more remain (The New Bedford Standard-Times 2/13)
Mashpee Wampanoag’s casino bid gets a boost (The Boston Globe 2/13)

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