© 2024 WSHU
NPR News & Classical Music
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
89.9 FM is currently running on reduced power. 89.9 HD1 and HD2 are off the air. While we work to fix the issue, we recommend downloading the WSHU app.

Connecticut Tribes Call For Dismissal Of MGM Lawsuit

Charles Krupa
Slot machines outside the high limit games room during a preview tour at the MGM Springfield casino in Springfield, Mass., in 2018.

Connecticut’s two federally recognized Native American tribes have a unique argument for why a judge should dismiss a lawsuit brought by MGM Resorts against the federal government.

MGM is suing the U.S. Department of the Interior over its approval of a long-planned tribal-run casino in East Windsor, Connecticut, that would compete with the company’s casino in Springfield, Massachusetts. MGM says the approval creates an unlawful advantage for the tribes in competing for casino rights off of tribal lands.

The Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes say they have a right to intervene in the lawsuit because it would financially hurt them and the State of Connecticut. But they say the law prevents them from joining the suit because they have sovereign immunity as tribes – and so they say the lawsuit should be dismissed entirely. 

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.