Wampanoag tribes make case for casinos in Massachusetts
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will testify at a hearing today on a bill to legalize casinos in Massachusetts while the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe will unveil plans for its casino.
Mashpee Chairman Cedric Cromwell is set to appear with Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan at the State House in Boston. The tribe wants to build a casino, hotel and a shopping mall on 300 acres in Fall River.
The Aquinnah are also looking at Fall River. The tribe will hold a press conference on the steps of the State House to discuss plans for a 230-acre site in the city.
If Massachusetts lawmakers legalize casinos, both tribes should be able to offer the same types of games. But the Senate version of the gaming bill attempts to limit the state to one tribal compact.
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