BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Deval Patrick is calling on the state Legislature to quickly approve a revised tribal casino deal that requires the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to share 17 percent of its gambling revenue with the state.
That figure would drop to 15 percent if a slots parlor opened up in the southeast region and would go down to zero if a commercial developer built a casino in the area. The new deal replaces an earlier agreement that was rejected by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The federal agency said the prior deal violated the spirit of the Indian gaming law by not ensuring that casino profits primarily benefited tribe members.
"The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been very helpful in the technical assistance they've given us and trying to make sure that what we do comports with how they see the relevant federal law. I'm hopeful that the Legislature will take it up quickly," Explained Gov. Patrick.
By consulting with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, there's a greater chance the revised tribal compact will be approved by the federal agency.
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe intends to build a casino resort in the southeastern Massachusetts city of Taunton.