On Thursday, July 12th, the Mashpee Wampanoag leaders signed a deal with Gov. Deval Patrick stating that they will pay the state 21.5 percent of gross gambling revenue from their Taunton casino. That same day, the Vineyard Wampanoags, announced their intent file a lawsuit against the state for failure to negotiate a compact with the tribe for existing trust lands on Martha’s Vineyard.

The Aquinnah released a statement congratulating their Mashpee cousins for reaching this threshold, but also said, “It is unfortunate that the Compact appears to wring unjust and burdensome concessions from the Mashpee that are highly unlikely to pass muster under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).”

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