Tribes in Connecticut still working on process for potential casino

Mohegan Tribe Chairman Kevin Brown, left, and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler. Photo from CT Jobs Matter

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe still haven't decided on a location for a potential new casino.

Last November, the tribes received five proposals from four communities and planned to select a site by December. That deadline slipped and now it looks like the process could last a few more weeks or possibly even longer.

"We have to come back with a chosen location, and so, for everyone's benefit, it's best we make sure we take our time and do it right," Mohegan Chairman Kevin Brown said at a press conference on Monday, The Hartford Courant reported.

The tribes believe a new casino will help them address competition from neighboring Massachusetts. MGM Resorts International, a non-Indian company, is building a $950 million casino in Springfield, just a few miles from the state border.

The sites being considered are in the region near the border. Once the tribes pick a location, they would still need approval from the Connecticut Legislature to open another casino.

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