Indian Gaming Today

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Patrick's Plan for Casinos in Massachusetts -- Kathryn's Quoted in Cape Cod Times

The Mashpee Wampanoag are proceeding with their plans to open a casino on newly acquired trust lands under IGRA, rather than bidding on one of the commercial casino licenses in Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal.

The tribe is seeking over 600 acres in two parcels of trust land as its initial reservation. Under IGRA, although gaming generally is prohibited on trust land acquired after 1988, an exception is made for land taken into trust as the initial reservation of a tribe.

The tribe is hoping for a quick decision, but Kathryn cautions that when gaming is an issue, it's more likely that the Interior Department's dual land-into-trust and gaming processes will take longer.

Read more here:
Tribe Gambling on Federal Agency, Cape Cod Times

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