BOSTON (AP) - The Mashpee Wampanoag (WAHM'-pah-nog) Tribe is formally requesting Gov. Deval Patrick enter into compact negotiations as the tribe pushes plans to build a casino in Taunton.
In a letter to Patrick on Wednesday, tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell said it has met key requirements of the Massachusetts Gaming Law, including acquiring an option to purchase land in Taunton. Taunton has scheduled a June 9 referendum giving residents a chance to vote on the proposal.
Patrick signed a law in November authorizing up to three resort casinos in different geographic areas of the state.
In the southeastern region, the law gives exclusive rights to a federally-recognized Indian tribe to negotiate a gambling compact with the state by July 31.
The federally-recognized Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha's Vineyard has also expressed interest in developing a casino.
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