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Mashpee Wampanoag’s casino bid gets a boost

US ruling cheers tribe

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe says it has received a preliminary opinion from the US Interior Department that moves the tribe a step closer to building a casino in Taunton.

The department, in what the tribe called a “preliminary advisory opinion,” found that the tribe’s lands in Taunton would qualify as an “initial reservation.” That status would mean that the Wampanoag would be able to conduct gaming there under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the tribe said.

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