Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is set to start Class III compact negotiations with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for a possible casino in Taunton. The Tribe had issued a formal request for compact negotiations earlier this week. Under IGRA, the Tribe's formal request triggers the state's duty to negotiate in good faith. 25 U.S.C. section 2710(d)(3) provides, "Any Indian tribe having jurisdiction over the Indian lands upon which a class III gaming activity is . . . to be conducted, shall request the State in which such lands are located to enter into negotiations for the purpose of entering into a Tribal-State compact governing the conduct of gaming activities. Upon receiving such a request, the State shall negotiate with the Indian tribe in good faith to enter into such a compact."
Taunton is the seat of Bristol County, 40 miles south of Boston and 18 miles east of Providence. An easy drive for gamblers from the Boston market, in other words.
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