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US rejects Mashpee Wampanoag casino deal

In a strongly worded ruling, the US Department of the Interior rejected an agreement Friday between Governor Deval ­Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag for a tribal casino planned for Taunton, concluding that the deal takes unfair advantage of the tribe.

The department cited “a number of provisions that did not comply with the law,” includ­ing its assessment that the state is not providing enough concessions in ­exchange for receiving a proposed 21.5 percent share of the tribe’s gambling revenue.

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