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6:13 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Narragansett Tribe sues state over casino ballot measure

PROVIDENCE,RI – The Narragansett Indian Tribe is taking the state to court for what it calls a double standard on casinos in the Ocean State.

In a lawsuit filed in superior court today, the tribe questions the constitutionality of a ballot measure to bring Las Vegas style gambling to Twin River Casino.

Chief Sachem Mathew Thomas says when his tribe tried to do the same thing, it had to propose a constitutional amendment, while the twin river ballot measure does not.

"It's the same as ours, it's identical," he says. "And the AG back in 04 and 05 and every time we went out challenged it. I don't see why Kilmartin is giving it a pass."

Thomas says when Attorney General Peter Kilmartin didn't take on the constitutionality of the ballot measure, the tribe decided to file its own lawsuit. Twin River says it's still reviewing the contents of the legal challenge, but it's comfortable with the process for extending gambling at the casino.

More details
Read the Narragansett Indian Tribe's lawsuit here

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