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End of payments likely to hearten tribe's lenders

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While certain to fan discontent among tribal members, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council's elimination of members' per capita payments is likely to sit well with the tribe's lenders, according to financial sources. The council has informed members that their monthly distributions - said to range, on average, between $7,500 and $10,000 as recently as a year ago - will cease Dec. 31.