Feds to open review of Mass. Indian casino bid
TAUNTON, Mass.—Another step in the process that a Massachusetts Indian tribe hopes will lead to development of a resort casino is set to begin.
The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is scheduled to hold its first public hearing on Wednesday on a bid by the Mashpee Wampanoag to put into federal trust 146 acres of land in the southeastern Massachusetts city of Taunton.
Approval of the land-into-trust application is required before the casino project can move forward. The tribe also faces a July 31 deadline for negotiating a casino compact with the state.
A hearing is also scheduled Thursday by the federal agency on the Mashpee's related request to put 170 acres of land into trust on Cape Cod. The tribe has said it has no plans to develop a casino on the Cape.