Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Stephen Crosby
The state gaming board, frustrated by stalled efforts by the Wampanoag Tribe to win federal approval of a proposed Taunton casino, may open southeastern Massachusetts to commercial casinos as soon as next month.
“The stakes are high,” Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said yesterday.
The board voted yesterday to hold its March 21 meeting in the Taunton area and may vote that day to start soliciting bids from commercial gaming companies for a southeastern Massachusetts casino. The state gaming law gave exclusive rights to an American Indian tribe for the southeastern Massachusetts license, but set a March 15 deadline.