The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, which seeks the third casino license to be granted in Massachusetts, has been concerned over eligibility language distributed by the U.S. Interior Department.
Those fears were alleviated last week with a clarification by the Department regarding the land-in-trust requirement that the tribe be recognized before 1934. Now, the opinion of the department says a court interpretation of the language in 2009 did not apply.
Thus, the contention that it applied to the Mashpees “is legally incorrect” said the Department.
The new interpretation is believed by the tribe to ease the way for the federal government to take real estate in Taunton in trust for the tribe so that it can build a casino.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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