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Mashpee tribe reservation legality to be decided

Status is crucial to tribe’s casino plans

The US Department of Interior will decide early this year if it has legal authority to grant a reservation to the Mashpee Wampanoag, an essential requirement before the tribe can open a casino and one of the major questions hanging over the Mashpee’s plans for a Taunton gambling resort.

That legal determination may be months away, and finalizing a reservation would take longer and could result in a court challenge, but the tribe argues that it is making progress and the state should not permit a commercial casino in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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