Maine tribes to ask state voters to approve casino planFriday, February 26, 2010
The Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe (Indian Township Pleasant Point) of Maine will once again ask state voters to approve a casino.
In 2003, voters rejected the tribes' proposal but they approved a non-Indian gaming facility. The tribes are hoping the climate is better this November.
“It will do a couple of things," Penobscot Chief Kirk Francis told Indian Country Today. "First, it will get our issues back out there again and, two, if the Black Bear Casino passes and ours doesn’t, it will really highlight the real problem in this state.”
Black Bear Entertainment collected enough signatures to put its casino project on the ballot. Under Maine law, a “competing measure” can also be placed on the ballot, ICT reported.