MV Gazette, on March 16th, 2012

Big Gamble – MV Gazette Editorial

What do we know about the proposal by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to locate a casino in Southeastern Massachusetts? Almost nothing.

Two weeks after tribal chairman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais caught even her own tribal council by surprise with a flurry of public statements indicating the tribe wants to compete for one of the state’s new gaming licenses, the most basic questions remain unanswered. Where would the casino go? Who would the tribe’s partners be? And where is the money coming from?

The last time the tribe flirted with gambling, it ran through some $14 million of someone else’s money. The evidence, as if we needed it, is that any serious effort to mount a campaign to introduce gaming in the region won’t be controlled by the 1,100-member tribe.

Tell us, Mrs. Chairman, who else is involved?

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