Mashpee Wampanoag possibly gave too much
The Mashpee Wampanoags recently won State House approval for their proposal for a casino in southeastern Massachusetts. But some experts believe the deal they cut with the state may be rejected by federal officials who have to approve it. The Mashpee Wampanoag agreed to pay 21 .5 percent of the casino’s revenues, even though some tribes pay their states nothing. And while the payments are largely for exclusivity, they pay even if the state allows another casino to open nearby.