Originally Posted by 413AceKing
...Remember, the provision which grants an exclusive negotiating period for an indian tribe is ONLY valid for the southeastern zone, where the Wampanoags would have probably eventually landed a casino anyway. The Mohegans are approaching the Western zone as a corporate entity and have no exclusive or tribal rights. ....
I believe that this is correct as far as casino bill and exclusivity go, but, as you imply above (and AFAIK), any federally-certified Indian tribe can still open a casino on their own land (after getting it declared a reservation), in states which have casinos. (I think this was the original reason for the Southeastern zone Indian exclusivity in the law; it was clearly aimed at giving the Wampanoags a clear shot, also at getting them to ditch Middleboro and move to someplace more politically desirable) (Fall River). So I believe that if the Mohegans' bid in Palmer fails to win, they can still try to open another casino there in addition to the winner, after negotiating with the state. So if the state really wants to limit the number to three, this would seem to give the Mohegans an advantage in the Western zone.