George Jepsen

Tribes want lawmakers to strip federal approval for casino

Leaders of Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes met privately with state lawmakers Wednesday, urging them to make a key change to last year's legislation that gave them an initial go-head to build a satellite casino near the Massachusetts border.

Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler want the General Assembly to remove a provision that requires the U.S. Department of Interior to approve proposed amendments to the casino revenue-sharing agreements between the state and the tribes before the new, jointly owned and operated East Windsor casino can open. The federal agency has taken no public action since September,...

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