Mashpee Tribe's $500M Casino Gets Green Light

Law360, New York (January 03, 2014, 7:40 PM ET) -- A Massachusetts $500 million casino project by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe took a big step forward today when the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs failed to intervene by the deadline to stop a compact between the state and the tribe.

The deadline for the BIA to challenge the contract passed at 12:00 a.m. Friday, effectively putting a stamp of approval on the construction of the tribe’s Project First Light casino in Taunton, Mass. The BIA’s approval comes after Massachusetts lawmakers had approved...
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