Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to Commence Construction of Taunton Casino in 2016
Tribal leaders revealed on Saturday that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe will commence construction focus on its planned $500-million casino in Taunton in the springtime of 2016.
The tribe, which is one of two federally recognized tribes in Massachusetts, is build its venue on commercial land in the eastern area of the town. Aside from a gambling floor, it would additionally feature two accommodations and wide range of tourist attractions such as a water park. The Mashpee Wampanoags’ plan happens to be supported by Malaysian casino resort investor Arkana Ltd., which has always been tied up with giant Genting Group.
The latter is to contribute 17% of its gaming revenue to the state once the gambling venue opens doors under a 2013 compact between Massachusetts and the tribe. Tribal leaders said that they want to adhere to the regards to the agreement. Nevertheless, it’s still not clear perhaps the state would go on it into account.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is currently considering Mass Gaming & Entertainment’s proposal to construct a $650-million casino on the Brockton Fairgrounds, the bidder that is lone the past casino license the regulator would be to give.
The announcement that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to take more than 300 acres of land in Mashpee and Taunton into trust, thus securing the tribe with sovereign authority over that land, was received with mixed reactions friday.