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Tribe’s head start tempers casino fever in region

Developers passing up Southeastern Mass.

By Mark Arsenault
Globe Staff / December 7, 2011
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The state’s new casino law was designed to give the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe a head start toward winning the right to open a casino in the southeast, but local officials are questioning whether the tribe’s advantage has in fact set their region behind. Major casino developers are so far passing over the Southeast in their rush to lock up land and begin building public support to compete for the right to open resort casinos in the two other regions designated by the legislation, officials complain.

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