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Indian Tribes Not Happy With Casino Vote In Maine

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When it comes to gaming, Indian tribes generally have the upper hand on Las Vegas companies when it comes to expansion. If the tribes have land in trust, they are usually able to get the state to agree to allow them to open casinos.

That has not been the case in Maine where Indian tribes have tried several times to change laws to allow for casinos, but each time they have failed. Now, it is a Las Vegas company that could win the right to open a casino in the state.

Olympia Gaming is the Las Vegas company that is trying to open the casino. They have proposed a $184 million resort casino in Oxford. Voters will decide on Tuesday whether or not the casino resort will happen.

The Penobscot and Passamaquoddy tribes have attempted to have voters approve a $650 million casino in Sanford. Their efforts were rejected, even though voters had approved slot machines at harness tracks in the same election.

Tribal members are now opposing the Oxford casino mostly due to their feeling of being slighted by voters in the past. If approved, the new casino would leave tribal members with an empty feeling.

"They have tried a few times and it is unfortunate that now a company not even from Maine looks like they will win the rights to a casino. It just seems unfair," said Marian Triber, a longtime resident of Maine.

November 2, 2008
Posted By April Gardner
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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