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Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Pushes Town of Middleboro to Accept Casino Proposal

As of June 15, 2007, the town of Middleboro is being pushed to negotiate a casino agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

The members of the town's Gambling Fact Finding Committee are currently listening to everyone before they make a final decision.

At the meeting that night, the Fact Finding Committee listened to Clyde Barrow, the Director of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis. Barrow reiterated his criticism to the gambling casino plans.

He also firmly opposed the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's offer to pay Middleborough $7 million annually instead of Texas to construct a 5 star casino facility in Middleboro

Clyde Barrow focused on the proposed casino agreement between the Narragansett Indian Tribe in Rhode Island and West Warwick, which would have paid West Warwick more than what the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe were offering to Middleboro.

Part of the agreement would have blocked the Narragansett Indian Tribe from putting the proposed casino site under tribal trust.

Putting land under tribal trust would shield the tribe from paying taxes. The land would also not be considered sovereign and the tribe would have to pay taxes.

Around 30 people attended the meeting that night compared to the 500 people who attended the selectmen meeting last Wednesday. There are mixed feelings about the tribe's casino plans from those who have attended the meeting.


16 July 2007
News Submitted by:
Jack Silverman

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