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Aquinnah Tribe Hypes Own Fall River Casino Plan

The city of Fall River now has two federally recognized Native American tribes looking to build a casino there.

The Wompanoag Aquinnah tribe claims it has a stronger plan than the proposal of the Mashpee Wompanoag Indians, who already have the backing of Fall River's mayor.

Aquinnah spokesman Donald Flanagan says his tribe's plan makes sense since it would not disrupt plans for a bio-technology park in Fall River.

"Clearly there's room for additional negotiations," Flanagan said. "And the interesting prospect that the Aquinnahs bring to the table — we're not looking to use the bio-park land."

So far, the Aquinnah proposal is getting a cool reception. Economic development officials say existing roads could not accommodate the proposed casino and that it's doubtful the tribe could get all the needed permits.

Still, Flanagan expressed optimism about his tribe's chances going forward.

"We have not been as aggressive as the Mashpees, primarily because we're taking a much more strategic approach to this process," Flanagan said.

This program aired on May 25, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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