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June 18, 2010

While the Aquinnah Wampanoags and the Mashpee Wampanoags are dueling with plans for casinos in Fall River, the latest Senate bill removes a previous provision for one Indian casino and two commercial casinos. Instead the tribes would have to compete for a commercial license like any other developer.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe announced plans in May 2010 to build a massive new gaming resort on a 300-acre site in Fall River. It will include a casino, a shopping mall, and 3 hotels. The tribe had previously planned to build a $1 billion casino resort in Middleboro and had secured 539 acres there in the spring 2007. An alternative casino plan in Fall River has been proposed for by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, aka Aquinnah.

Other casinos have been proposed in New Bedford, Palmer, Milford and East Boston.

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