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Tribe, MGM join forces to fight Connecticut casino plan

A tribe in Kent, Connecticut has joined forces with MGM to fight a state law that allows only two federally recognized tribes to pursue a new casino in the state.

A federal lawsuit announced Monday by the leader of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation says the state law is unconstitutional.  Chief Richard Velky says MGM, which has filed its own lawsuit against the state, is providing financial assistance for the Schaghticoke suit.

The law created a multi-step process for the tribes that own the Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun to build a third casino together.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe say they want to compete with the planned MGM Resorts casino across the state line in Springfield, Massachusetts.

MGM also has challenged the state law, arguing it can compete to build a casino in Connecticut but was excluded by the law.


A spokesman for MMCT Venture, the company formed by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes said Velky's operation being bankrolled by MGM is a startling revelation.  MMCT says this should raise a red flag for anyone who is concerned about MGM's plan to steal jobs from Connecticut residents.

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