It was recently reported that the Mashantucket Pequots had filed an appeal of last month’s ruling by US District Court of Columbia Judge Rudolph Contreras.
The Mashantucket Pequots tribal nation has appealed a federal court ruling that derailed a Connecticut Joint Venture tribal casino project.
This Casino was to be built by the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegan tribe off tribal lands near the town of East Windsor along Connecticut’s northern border. The tribes also planned that this casino will be like a challenge to the likes of MGM Resorts new MGM Springfield Casino in Southern Massachusetts.
The tribes along with the state government, sued the DUI last year for failing to observe its own rules for responding of the tribals request to amend the state gaming compacts.
The Mashantucket’s filing alleges that the DOI’s stonewalling was, “the product of improper political influence and was therefore arbitary” and thus a violation of federal law.
The filing says the tribes suspicion were confirmed by DOI assistant deputy secretary James Cason, who told the tribes that “members of Congress were starting to pressure the department to not approve the new casino.
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Judge Conteras allowed MGM the right to intervene should the tribes and the state appeal the ruling.