Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hoping for casino decision this year (May 21, 2015)
The main hurdle is whether the Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar bars the tribe from following the land-into-trust process.
The tribe will start a planning process but won't use the land for gaming. A land-into-trust application won't be filed either.
The debut of the $20 million Yellow Brick Road Casino is less than two weeks away.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe hope the new casino will help address competition in neighboring Massachusetts.
America still fights Indian wars, but today these battles center not around settlers pushing their homesteads onto tribal lands but around gambling.