MGM Resorts International is one of the biggest and most successful players in the real money casino gambling industry and you do not ascend to such a lofty position by accident. Based in Las Vegas as the casino gambling capital of the world, MGM Casino focuses on continuing expansion projects. Ultimately, they are across the nation and around the world.
Recently, there is a lawsuit involving Native American Indian tribes. If you are curious, one tribe owns MGM Resorts. Furthermore, they offer intensive lobbying efforts. As a result, they try for a decision in their favor. First of all, Nick Juliano with politico.com makes documentation. Furthermore, he says a federal judge dismisses a lawsuit. Moreover, he says it is against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pertaining to a matter involving a new Native American Indian tribe casino project in the state of Connecticut. The actual ruling in the case stated that the Interior Department does not have to make a decision in this matter.
So, How Does MGM Resorts Gain Favorable Decision in Connecticut Court Case?
More specifically, Judge Rudolph Contreras from the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the lawsuit filed the state and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe that was filed against Zinke. Its goal was to force his department to approve or deny the tribe’s application in Connecticut to open a new casino in conjunction with the Mohegan Tribe.
Let’s go back to last year. Remember, the Interior Department decides to not act in the matter. This decision came after MGM made its presence known in the matter through heavy lobbying efforts. Plans were already in the works for a new MGM casino, which has since been opened, that is located just 12 miles from the proposed casino project by the joint Indian tribes.
Bureau of Native American Indian Affairs
According to this report, the Bureau of Native American Indian Affairs was in favor of having Zinke and the department intervene in the matter. The decision to decline getting involved is now being investigated by the Interior’s Office of Inspector General.
Most importantly, the Judge makes a direct quote. Furthermore, Contreras make a note about the Interior. She says “identifies a single piece of written agency guidance. This explains why the Department believes it has to act as it did.”
However, despite this statement, he sided with Zinke in the matter because the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act does not provide the Mashantucket Tribe any legal grounds to pursue this case. The judge also approved MGM’s motion to intervene in this matter on behalf of its business interests. More specifically, the interests are for this region. Remember, should the parties involve decide to appeal this decision.
So, MGM Resorts Gains Favorable Decision in Connecticut Court Case?
Yes, there is an unidentified spokesperson for the Interior Department. Furthermore, he refers all requests for comment to the Department of Justice. As of Monday, no one from that department had made any official comment. Also, there was no immediate response from either of the tribes.
Indeed, the two tribes work together. As a result, their goal is to open a third resort. The Mashantucket Tribe has been operating Foxwoods Casino Resort in Connecticut along with the Mohegan Tribe’s Mohegan Sun Casino. The location for this third casino in East Windsor, CT and it has met some strong resistance from MGM Resorts in light of that company’s casino operation in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts.