Mass. tribe's casino bid gets a boost

A Native American tribe hoping to develop a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts has received a favorable opinion on their land bid from the federal government.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe announced Tuesday that the Office of Indian Gaming, in a preliminary advisory opinion, said the land where the casino has been proposed in Taunton qualifies as an "initial reservation," as does land in Mashpee, where the tribe is headquartered.

The tribe still needs final approval from the U.S. Department of Interior to put the land into trust, and must cross other hurdles before a casino can be built.

- Associated Press

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