Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said he finds the recent ruling from the Bureau of Indian Affairs “very frustrating.” The BIA rejected a gambling compact Patrick had negotiated with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.
The ruling indicated the requirement for the tribe to pay 21.5 percent of its revenues to the Commonwealth was excessive.
Patrick told reporters he planned to reopen negotiations with the tribe but offered no timetable on when a revised compact might be completed. He also didn’t indicate whether he would agree to reduce the gambling tax.
It was the governor’s opinion he and the tribe had negotiated a compact in good faith and it was wrong for the BIA to interfere.
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