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Mayor urges Interior Dept. to take proposed casino land into Indian trust

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Mayor Will Flanagan is stepping up efforts to support the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s application for federal land sovereignty for the 300-acre tract the city agreed to sell the tribe if the state legalized gambling this year. He’s calling the Mashpee’s proposed destination casino the city’s “No. 1 development priority” and one that warrants taking bold steps. “This is not a bridge to nowhere or a folly. This is a $500 million project,” Flanagan said.