On Wednesday, January 8th, at the meeting of the Tribal Council, we shared with Council and Tribal members in attendance the letter received from Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn. The letter, states in part, “We congratulate the Tribe and Commonwealth on working together to achieve this important agreement.”
With regard to the background of the Compact, the letter further states, “The Compact was entered into on March 19, 2013, on behalf of the Tribe by its Chairperson and Vice Chairperson and on behalf of the Commonwealth by its Governor. The Compact was subsequently approved by the Commonwealth’s legislature and signed into law by the Governor on November 15, 2013. The Compact governs the Tribe’s conduct of gaming on a proposed site within the Commonwealth (within or near the City of Taunton, Massachusetts). It authorizes the Tribe to operate certain games within a single facility on eligible lands pursuant to IGRA.”
The Tribal State Compact approval from the Department of Interior between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is an extremely exciting moment in our history.
Never before has there been a collaborative effort between a Tribe and a State, where the State designed its commercial gaming law while taking into account the Indian Gaming Regulatory Gaming Act, known as IGRA, by providing a Tribal provision.
This Compact is a result of such a partnership.