A second Indian tribe has launched an effort to open a casino in Fall River, setting up a competition for a coveted state license and threatening to further divide the state’s gambling market.

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe said yesterday that it wants to build its gambling resort on 240 acres off Interstate 195, asserting that its proposal would be a better overall deal for the state than a rival plan by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. Aquinnah leaders took sharp aim at the Mashpee proposal, saying that tribe’s casino resort would block development of a biotechnology park that was previously planned for a 300-acre site on the city’s northern outskirts.

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