Mashpee Wampanoag tribe gets federal approval

A Massachusetts Native American tribe has eliminated one of two major hurdles as it pursues the one and only Indian casino license included in that state’s expansion of gambling.
The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a gaming compact negotiated by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and Gov. Deval Patrick. An earlier compact was rejected by the feds as not including enough revenue for the tribe.
Under the current terms the state will receive 17 percent of gambling revenues, provided there are other casinos operating in the state.
The second test will come when the tribe seeks federal approval for them to secure land-in-trust in Taunton where the tribe plans to locate a casino.


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