Category Archives: Massachusetts Gaming


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

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

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 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

State Would Lose Millions if Mass Gaming Commission Issues Fourth Casino License

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts would lose $28 million a year in gaming revenue if the Massachusetts Gaming Commission issues a license for a fourth casino in Brockton, less than 20 miles away from where the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is building … 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

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