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Mashpee Tribe May Scale Back Casino Plans

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe may scale back its plans to build a resort casino in Massachusetts.

Newly elected tribal leaders tell the Cape Cod Times it plans to commission a study to determine whether a $1 billion facility in Middleborough to rival casinos in nearby Connecticut is feasible in the current economy.

Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Vice Chairman Aaron Tobey say they need to know if the location can generate enough revenue.

The tribe last year unveiled plans for a 600,000-square-foot casino building on two levels with 4,000 slot machines and 200 table games. The proposal included a 1,000-room hotel, restaurants, shops and an entertainment venue.

The move comes as engineers work to complete an environmental impact review of the site.

This program aired on March 10, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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