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Mashantucket Pequots Won’t Appeal Property Taxes On Slot Machines

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Slot Machine File Photo (Janice Brown/Getty Images)

Slot Machine File Photo (Janice Brown/Getty Images)

By MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The tribe that owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino says it will not appeal a ruling that prevented it from blocking collection of local and state property taxes on slot machines.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation says in a statement provided to The Associated Press that it believes the taxes are an affront to its sovereign authority but it’s most productive approach now would be to address the tax issue directly with local government.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled in July against the tribe, which operates one of the country’s largest casinos in southeastern Connecticut. The tribe argued the taxes, collected on leased slot machines since 2003, violated federal law.

The tribe said Tuesday it will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.
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