Tribal Gaming - or Commercial Out of State Owned Casinos?

The right of Tribes in Connecticut to conduct gaming initially was affirmed, as in many other states, over fierce state objection. In 1985, after the Chief State’s Attorney threatened tribal leaders with criminal prosecution if the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (“Pequot” or “MPTN”)1 opened a bingo hall on the Tribe’s reservation, the Tribe sought a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief in federal district court.

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