Federal bills that would preserve the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s casino project in Massachusetts and help other tribes acquire land for new gaming ventures is headed to the House floor for a full vote, but their future in the Senate is uncertain.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Act, sponsored by Representative William Keating, a Democrat from Massachusetts, would clarify the tribe’s eligibility for federal trust land and prevent further legal challenges to its 321-acre reservation.
Keating crafted the legislation in response to a lawsuit brought in 2016 in the U.S. District Court in Boston by neighbors opposed to the tribe’s proposed $1bn casino in Taunton.
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