Artist's rendering of a proposed casino to be jointly operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe in East Windsor, Connecticut. Image: Teeton Architects / CT Jobs Matter

Connecticut tribes sign new gaming agreements to account for new casino

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are another step closer to opening a new casino in Connecticut.

The tribes already won approval to operate a jointly-owned facility in the city of East Windsor. But since the development impacts their federally-protected Class III gaming rights, they signed new agreements that will be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review.

There is no guarantee that the BIA will sanction the agreements. But the Trump administration has already indicated that the new project and the tribes' existing casinos can co-exist without violating the exclusivity promised to the two tribes.

The tribes pursued the East Windsor project outside of the framework of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act so federal approval isn't needed for it. The site won't be taken into trust either.

The New England Casino Race: Tribal and commercial gaming facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

The tribes chose East Windsor due to its proximity to the Massachusetts border. A $950 million commercial facility is going up just across the state line.

The tribally-owned facility and the Massachusetts facility are both expected to open in late 2018. MGM Resorts International, the non-Indian developer of the rival project, is still hoping to derail the tribes.

Read More on the Story:
Malloy, tribes ink amended agreements that include third casino (The New London Day 7/20)
Connecticut moves closer to construction of a third casino (The Connecticut Mirror 7/20)
Malloy And Tribes Gather For Ceremonial Signing Of Casino Bill (The Hartford Courant 7/20)
Bill allowing 3rd Connecticut casino signed by governor (WWLP 7/20)
Governor holds ceremony to commemorate casino bill signing (WFSB 7/20)
Malloy Holds Bill Signing for Legislation Authorizing East Windsor Casino (NBC Connecticut 7/20)
Tribes pledge to compete with Massachusetts as Connecticut Gov. signs law to build casino in East Windsor (MassLive 7/20)

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