As gaming slump continues at Foxwoods, tribal owners show new signs of strain under debt

The tribe that owns the country's largest resort casino is showing new signs of strain under the weight of its billion-dollar debt, saying it has had to review its options with senior lenders as a slump batters the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The Mashantucket Pequot (mash-ehn-TUHK'-eht PEE'-kwaht) Tribal Nation has reportedly been selling off land near its reservation in southeastern Connecticut. And in a report this week, credit rating agency Standard & Poor's lowered its rating for the tribe and said the chances of a debt default appear to be growing.

The tribe has entered discussions with senior lenders over what it calls "failure to comply with certain financial covenants."

The tribe says the underlying business remains strong at Foxwoods and the recent struggles don't affect the casino's projected liquidity.