House To Vote On Mashpee Casino, Carcieri Fix Bills

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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