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Chairman Cedric Cromwell: Our Differences Make Us Stronger

As the Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, that first welcomed the Pilgrims to America with an open hand of friendship in the Plymouth colony in 1620, I was horrified by the images of hate and terror that came out … Continue reading

Interior letter renews hope for alternative to Mashpee tribe’s land in trust, casino plans

By Cape Cod Times The U.S. Department of Interior has declined a request by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to suspend a review of whether it qualifies for land into trust under an alternative category to the one a federal judge … Continue reading

An Update from Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Cedric Cromwell

I want to provide an important update…This evening I received a letter announcing the U.S. Department of Interior decision to expand and extend the process, inviting us to submit further materials demonstrating how our tribal history supports our right to … Continue reading

MASHPEE WAMPANOAG WORK TOWARD DECISION ON TRIBE’S LAND STATUS

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced today that it hopes to fully remobilize construction crews in Taunton, Massachusetts this summer for its $1 billion First Light Resort & Casino project and have doors open by summer 2018. The Tribe’s announcement comes on the heels of … Continue reading

Mashpee Tribe Applauds Decision in Cowlitz Case

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is applauding a major victory for the Cowlitz tribe today over Indian casino opponents in Washington State. The Cowlitz Tribe has been working to bring a casino to its tribal land for several years and has … Continue reading

Work Resumes at First Light Resort & Casino

Crews are resuming site maintenance work for the First Light Resort & Casino months after a temporary halt to the project. The work will begin Monday to protect the 170-acre parcel of tribal land in Taunton against storm water damage and erosion. The … Continue reading

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is Creating Jobs for Taunton

First Light Casino will create 7,000 jobs for the Taunton local and regional community. This major investment by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will also improve intersections, widen Hwy 24, improve emergency response systems, increase police capabilities and much more.

Department of Justice and Mashpee Tribe File Notice of Appeal as Tribe Pursues Revised Record of Decision

Today the U.S. Department of Justice and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe filed a notice to appeal a federal district court ruling that challenged the federal government’s authority to designate tribal land in Mashpee and Taunton as a reservation. The notices … Continue reading

JUDGE CLARIFIES DECISION MASHPEE TRIBE WILL SEEK REVISED RECORD-OF-DECISION ON LAND

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal leaders are applauding Federal District Court Judge William Young’s decision today that clarifies his initial ruling on the historic Tribe’s land status and provides a legal path forward. “It is no violation of the Court’s order should … Continue reading

Federal Judge Approves Motion by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

A federal judge has ruled that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has the right to participate in certain future court proceedings related to the lawsuit seeking to block its East Taunton casino project. Last month, the tribe’s legal team filed a … Continue reading