Indian tribe running out of time to negotiate compact

May 21, 2012 8:32 PM

The Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe of Massachusetts is running out of time if it hopes to be awarded a license to build a casino under the gaming law that was passed last year.

The law requires the tribe to negotiate a compact with the commonwealth by a July 31 deadline. In order to begin talks, the tribe must have a location that has town or city approval.

Last week, the tribe and the city officials of Taunton formulated an agreement that will be go before the voters on June 9. Approval would give the tribe an opportunity to take its case to the state.