The federal government is about to help clear the way for a casino in East Windsor, which would be the third in the state.
The Department of the Interior is making a change to the state’s agreement with the Mohegan Tribe, allowing them to operate a casino on non-tribal land.
An official announcement is expected Friday.
MMCT Venture, the joint company of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes proposing the East Windsor casino, released the following statement.
"We are pleased that the department is taking this step and we expect similar action on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal amendments in the very near future. Our goal has never changed. We want to do right by Connecticut and to preserve the strong relationship between our tribal nations and the state. Today's decision is the latest step in our overall goal to preserve thousands of good paying jobs and millions in state tax revenue.”
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D), Chris Murphy (D), Congressmen John Larson (D) and Joe Courtney (D) issued a joint statement on the matter as well:
"The Department of the Interior has made effective the Tribal-State agreement amendments which it was obligated to do months ago. We are hopeful that this development allows the project to now move forward in the interest of tribes and the state. As the Inspector General continues its investigation, that timing will no doubt become a new focus."
A similar change is needed for the Mashantucket Pequot tribe’s company as well.