Tribe mum on casino plans for Middleboro
March 31, 2010
MASHPEE — More than a month has passed since Middleboro officials asked the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe for some reassurance that their deal to bring a resort casino to town is still secure, but the tribe has yet to respond.
"Nothing so far," said Middleboro Town Manager Charles Cristello on Monday.
At the end of February, Middleboro selectmen ended their silence on published reports that the tribe was talking to Fall River officials about moving its Indian casino to that city. In 2007, Middleboro voters approved an agreement to allow the tribe to site a casino in town on 539 acres in exchange for $7 million per year and $250,000 in infrastructure improvements.
With those plans stalled by several hurdles, Middleboro selectmen wrote their letter asking tribe leaders to clarify their intentions.
Tribal council chairman Cedric Cromwell and vice chairman Aaron Tobey did not return calls seeking comment Monday.