Tribes aren't banking on just casinos anymore
INDIAN TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — Maine's Passamaquoddy (PASS'-uh-muh-kwodd-ee) Indians lost their bid for a racetrack casino last week. But that doesn't dampen the tribe's enthusiasm for other economic development projects that are in the works.
The tribe at the nation's northeastern tip is looking to wind, water and land with proposals that could one day include a commercial wind farm, a bottled water plant and maple syrup production.
Indian Township Chief Joseph Socobasin says the tribe still hopes to one day operate a casino, despite state voters' rejection of the racino proposal on Election Day. But he says the tribe understands it needs to diversify into other ventures as well.
Across the U.S., 220 tribes operate about 400 casinos, but economic development expands beyond that into real estate, construction and energy.