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Mar. 2016

Howard Cooper quoted in news article on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe opposition to casino license

Howard M. Cooper was quoted in a Cape Cod Times article on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's opposition to a proposed casino in Brockton.

The article references a letter Mr. Cooper submitted to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on behalf of the Wampanoag Tribe in which he indicated that under state law and the tribal-state compact the Commission "lacks authority" to award a commercial license to the entity proposing to build a casino in Brockton.

The Wampanoag Tribe is proposing to build a casino in Taunton following the federal government's decision to take land in trust for the tribe in Mashpee and Taunton.

Under the terms of a tribal-state compact, the tribe would pay nothing to the state if a casino is licensed in Southeastern Massachusetts, according to the article. Without the Brockton facility, the tribe has agreed to pay 17 percent of its gross gambling revenues to state coffers.

A second casino in the region would create “a far weaker gaming market,” Mr. Cooper wrote in his letter, as reported in the article.

For the past several years, Mr. Cooper has been counsel to the tribe in its pursuit to build a destination resort casino in Massachusetts.