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May 25, 2010

The site for the new Fall River casino has a new bidder. It is the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head. The tribe met with the city council last night to discuss their plans for the 300 acre proposed property. This is the second tribe to step forward with a bid for the new casino. The first came from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

Currently on the property is the BioPark. A $17 million research center.

The first plan from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is to build a $500 million resort casino. This will consist of 3 hotels and a new shopping mall. The BioPark will be relocated. The second plan purposed by the Aquinnah Wampanoag will give the city the ability to build a casino and keep current BioPark.

Both tribes are state recognized. In 1997 the House rejected the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's casino proposal. In 2007 the Aquinnah Wampanoag were denied a $25 million high-stakes bingo hall.

Next month the state Senate will debate the legalization of gambling in Massachusetts. The House already approved two resort casinos and the installation of slot machines at four race tracks last April.

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