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Federal bill could get Middleboro casino plans back on track

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The planned casino could be back on track if pending legislation that would put the power to take the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land into trust — the first step needed for the casino to move forward — squarely back in the hands of the federal Department of the Interior. A February ruling by the Supreme Court, known as the Carcieri decision, said that the Secretary of the Interior exceeded his authority in taking land into trust for tribes that were not recognized when the Indian Reorganization Act was enacted in 1934.