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Schaghticoke Tribe, MGM Join Forces To Fight Connecticut Casino Plan

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A tribe in western 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.

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

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