MIDDLEBORO - Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday the state is ready to negotiate an agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe, who want to build a resort casino on 539 acres off Route 44. This step towards Massachusetts' first casino follows a 106-48 House vote in March that defeated the governor's proposal to license three casinos in the state.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has applied to the federal government for a casino license under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. If approved, the tribe must negotiate a compact with the governor and then approved by the legislature.
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