Category Archives: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Cowlitz Tribe Wins Federal Appeal. Encouraging News for First Light Resort & Casino

By Brooks Johnson, Columbian Business Reporter Published: July 29, 2016, 10:02 AM A federal court on Friday affirmed the recognition of the Cowlitz Tribe, preserving its reservation near La Center and the $510 million casino resort being built there. “The … Continue reading

Tribe Reacts to Massachusetts Gaming Commission Rejecting Brockton Casino

“We have been living on this land for thousands of years and made it possible for non-Natives to establish themselves here. Historically, our people have been the recipients of a string of broken promises. Today is not one of those … Continue reading

First Light Resort & Casino Groundbreaking on April 5

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, also known as People of the First Light, will celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony for the First Light Resort & Casino. The new facility will include a casino, fine dining, entertainment venues, luxury hotel rooms, and many … 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