Maine casino opponents say jurisdiction unresolved
Thursday, October 16, 2003

Opponents of a proposed casino in Maine say the project will give tribes unprecedented authority in the state.

The Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe want to build a $650 million casino. But according to the tribes' settlement acts, they need approval by the state. Their land is also subject to state jurisdiction.

Voters next month are being asked to approve the facility in a referendum. Casino opponents say the tribes will be able to avoid paying state taxes, limit law enforcement and veto parts of the state budget.

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