Category Archives: Gaming

Bill Affirms Tribe’s Reservation Rights

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF FEDERAL LAWMAKERS PUSHES LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT MASHPEE WAMPANOAG’S LAND-INTO-TRUST DECISION  Congress may step in to end an ongoing legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s efforts to secure reservation land and build a casino. A bill, sponsored … 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

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

First Light Resort & Casino Job and Vendor Fair on Saturday, May 14

Now that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has begun pre-construction work on its billion-dollar First Light Resort & Casino in Taunton, the Tribe’s Gaming Authority and the City of Taunton are hosting a job and vendor fair. The fair will provide … Continue reading

First Light Resort & Casino on the Horizon: Final Design Unveiled

At a joint press conference with Taunton city officials, Mashpee Wampanoag tribal leaders today unveiled the final design and construction schedule for First Light Resort & Casino. To the delight of the standing-room only crowd in attendance, tribal leaders said … Continue reading

Project First Light Final Environmental Impact Report Released, Opened for Comment Period

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Releases Final State Environmental Report for Taunton Casino Project (MASHPEE, MA – DECEMBER 9, 2014) – The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced today the publication of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for Project First … Continue reading

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Applauds Federal Land-in-Trust Guidelines

Interior Department’s “Carcieri” Guidelines In Line with Tribe’s Land Application (MASHPEE, MA – March 18, 2014) – Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council, is commending a legal opinion released late last week by the Interior Department for placing … Continue reading

Interior Department Posts Federal Notice of Compact Approval

Yesterday, February 3, 2014 our Tribal-State Compact took effect and was been officially posted to the Federal Register. Please read the press release below, sent out yesterday for the announcement. INTERIOR DEPARTMENT POSTS FEDERAL NOTICE OF COMPACT APPROVAL — IT’S OFFICIAL … Continue reading

Tribal/State Compact: Notice from Department of Interior

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 … Continue reading

Update: Project FIrst Light

The Gaming Commission’s decision on Thursday to open the Southeastern Massachusetts region to commercial bids paves the way for the possibility of a fourth casino in the state and two in Southeastern Massachusetts. This not only ignores our federal rights … Continue reading