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June 24, 2015

The divide between Maine and Native American tribes has gotten bigger over the rejection of a bill that would have allowed for a tribal casino to be built.

Last week the state House approved the measure. However, on Monday the state Senate voted against it 18 to 16.

The bill would have allowed for a casino to be built in either Aroostook or Washington counties by the state's four federally recognized tribes.

The tribes believe that legislators intentionally left them out of the process and changed the original proposal.

If the bill was approved a Casino Development Commission would have been created. The commission would have overseen the casino license bidding process.

Currently there are two casinos in Maine. They are located in Oxford and Bangor and not tribal owned.

Voters in the county where the casino would be developed give the final approval. If the proposed bill was approved, voters would still have to agree to the project.

A bill for a proposed casino in the southern part the state is expected to be voted on next week by the Senate. That casino is also not tribal owned.

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