A year ago, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in Massachusetts were still having trouble getting approval to have a casino. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission extended their chance giving them time to get it together.
Well, it finally happened. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has been given the signal to go ahead and pursue a casino in Massachusetts after the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs opted not to intervene on a revised casino compact with the state. The BIA had previously denied the revision on the grounds that it would send the wrong message to tribal casinos and their sovereign nation status. In other words, the money made from tribal casinos is intended to raise the standard of living to the tribes, not the state their live in.
But the new compact negotiated by Govenor Patrick includes changes that include the state getting 17 percent of gambling revenues if the casino is the only gambling facility in the southeast region, and 21 percent in the unlikely chance it winds up the only casino in the entire state. The latter is very unlikely since MGM is very close to icing the final step to build, with Wynn and Mohegan Sun vying for the Central Mass license.
The tribe must still clear yet another legal hurdle by securing federal land-in-trust approval for the proposed casino in Taunton. The tribe has been looking to be a player in Massachusetts for a world resort & casino, and this historic change in the compact with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will also seem to help the ailing economy in Taunton.
Some players stay the same while others come and go. It’s still not official that Massachusetts will ever have a casino, but this blogger still sticks to his predictions from over a year ago:
Western License – MGM, Eastern License – Wynn, Southeast License – Mashpee Wampanoags. That was my story when this all began, and I’m sticking to it!
That’s all for now.