Category Archives: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

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

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

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

TRIBE APPLAUDS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MOTION ON MASHPEE LAND IN TRUST DECISION

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal leaders are applauding today’s decision by the U.S. Justice Department’s to push for reconsideration of a historic court decision that threatens to take away their recently designated Indian reservation. “We applaud the Justice Department’s decision. We’ve been … Continue reading

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe wants to be part of land trust case

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, stung by a judge’s ruling last month against its planned casino in Taunton, sought permission Monday to become a party to the lawsuit that could decide the fate of the $1 billion project. In a 22-page … Continue reading