CTNJ: Tribes guarantee revenue in push for East Windsor casino, put BIA approval at 99 percent

CTNJHARTFORD, Conn. — A day after a top lawmaker gave them a 50/50 chance of getting permission to build their first commercial casino off tribal land, the leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes visited the capitol Thursday to guarantee the state’s share of slot revenues.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, gave the proposed East Windsor casino a 50-50 chance again Thursday after the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes sent a letter to lawmakers guaranteeing its existing slot revenue arrangement with the state. The guarantee of slot revenue from its existing two casinos on tribal land was helpful, but it didn’t necessarily change the odds.

The legislation giving the two tribes permission to move forward says they won’t go forward if the Bureau of Indian Affairs doesn’t approve an amendment to the revenue sharing agreement to allow for a third casino.

Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown put the odds of BIA approval at 99 percent. Mashantucket Pequot Chairman Rodney Butler said that in the history of the BIA, “they never have revoked a compact.”

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