Tribe’s setbacks may open door to gaming firms | Boston Herald

Tribal chairman Cedric Cromwell, left, and chief Vernon Lopez chat with guests as members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hosted an open house last May for residents of Taunton at the high school to showcase the tribe's plans for a casino in the town.

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.

via Tribe’s setbacks may open door to gaming firms | Boston Herald.