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Bureau of Indian Affairs Moves Forward with Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Application for Land in Trust

Chairman Cedric Cromwell of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced today that the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is moving forward with its review of the Tribe’s application for an initial reservation.

The BIA has issued a Notice to State and Local Governments regarding the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s pending application for an initial reservation in Mashpee and Taunton, MA. The BIA notified the appropriate state and local governments pursuant to 25 CFR Part 151 of the pending land-into-trust application and informed them of a 30- day opportunity to provide written comments on the acquisition’s impacts on regulatory jurisdiction, real property taxes and special assessments (Section 151 Notice).

“This is a significant step by the BIA since it demonstrates a move forward in taking the Tribe’s lands into federal trust, including for gaming purposes,” explained Chairman Cromwell. “This initial reservation will allow our Tribe to fulfill our duty to provide services to our nation, including housing, health care, education, job training, cultural preservation and more in Mashpee. In addition, this is a significant step forward in our plans to create jobs and revenue for our Tribe, the City of Taunton, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through development of a destination resort casino in Taunton. This is a monumental day for our Tribe, and is due to the hard work and perseverance of Tribal leadership and Tribal citizens, especially our Elders, who have never wavered from the goal of achieving the true sovereignty and economic self- sufficiency that will come with this initial reservation.”

About the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, known as the People of the First Light, has inhabited present-day Massachusetts for more than 12,000 years. After an arduous 30+ year process, the Mashpee Wampanoag were re-acknowledged as a federally recognized tribe in 2007 and retain full tribal sovereignty rights.

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1/30/2015

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1/27/2015

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1/17/2015

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1/2/2015

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12/23/2014

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12/17/2014

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12/12/2014

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12/11/2014

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12/10/2014

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12/9/2014

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11/5/2014

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10/27/2014

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10/24/2014

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10/20/2014

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10/17/2014

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10/14/2014

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10/12/2014

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10/10/2014

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10/9/2014

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10/8/2014

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10/7/2014

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10/6/2014

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10/2/2014

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9/4/2014

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8/22/2014

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8/19/2014

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7/30/2014

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7/27/2014

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7/25/2014

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7/20/2014

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7/6/2014

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6/15/2014

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5/29/2014

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5/26/2014

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5/16/2014

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5/1/2014

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4/25/2014

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4/17/2014

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4/3/2014

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3/30/2014

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3/20/2014

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3/19/2014

article Mashpee Wampanoag leaders praise newly issued federal land opinion
(Massachusetts) -- The chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is lauding a legal opinion issued last week from the U.S. Dept. of Interior interpreting the statutory...
press release Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Applauds Federal Land-in-Trust Guidelines
(Massachusetts) -- Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council, is commending a legal opinion released late last week by the Interior Department...

3/18/2014

article Federal opinion boosts Mashpee Wampanoag's casino claim
(Massachusetts) -- A legal opinion issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior on what it means to be under federal jurisdiction bolsters the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...
article Mass. tribe sees legal opinion on definition of 'jurisdiction' as boost for casino hopes
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is pointing to a recent legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Interior as a major boost for its bid to have land...
article Wampanoags say ruling boosts Taunton casino hopes
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe said Tuesday that a recent legal opinion from the U.S. Interior Department could provide a major boost to its hopes of...

3/11/2014

article Wynn wants deal like the Wampanoags have
(Massachusetts) -- Given the borderless freedom of the Internet, online gaming is almost inevitable, according to Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg.

3/8/2014

article Tribe's salaries on the rise
(Massachusetts) -- For the second year in a row, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe plans to spend $12.7 million on its efforts to build a casino in Taunton, according to a...
article Working nonstop to land coveted casino license
(Massachusetts) -- While the players for Southeastern Massachusetts’ resort casino license remain relatively quiet, there’s plenty of spadework going on...

3/7/2014

article Deleo: Tax play won’t Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn’s ploy to get the same tax rate for his proposed Everett casino as the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is going...

2/28/2014

article Gaming board picks first winner: Plainville
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded the state's first and only slots license to the Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, just minutes...

2/25/2014

article Sleeping Language Waking Up Thanks to Wampanoag Reclamation Project
(Massachusetts) -- It’s been more than 300 years since Wampanoag was the primary spoken language in Cape Cod. But, if Wampanoag tribal members keep their current...

2/24/2014

article Ex-tribal treasurer faces sentencing for theft
(Connecticut) -- The former treasurer for the tribe that owns and operates the Foxwoods Resort Casino is facing sentencing for theft. Steven Thomas is scheduled to be...

2/18/2014

article Wampanoags and Harvard Celebrate Historic Ties
(Massachusetts) -- Harvard University hosted the leaders of the Aquinnah and Mashpee Wampanoag tribes at a clambake at the Harvard Faculty Club February 7 to honor the...

2/15/2014

article LETTER: First-hand experience with the tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Back in 2007, I was a vocal opponent of the Mashpee Wampanoag’s plan to build a casino in Middleboro. I studied the issues and I learned more...

2/11/2014

article Mashpee Wampanoag take another step in casino plans
(Massachusetts) -- In the ongoing race to get a casino up and running in Southeastern Massachusetts, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has taken another step.
article Tribe: 'Final phase of the environmental review process is now underway'
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has announced the passage of another deadline tied to their proposed casino venture in Taunton. Local casino opponents,...

2/10/2014

article Four incumbents re-elected to Mashpee tribal council
(Massachusetts) -- Four incumbents were returned to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council in Sunday's election. Carlton Hendricks Jr. received the most votes at 246...

2/5/2014

article Mashpees' Mass. gaming compact alters casino view
(Connecticut) -- With its publication Monday in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of the Interior-approved gaming compact between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and...

2/4/2014

article DOI Finalizes Embattled Compact For Tribe's $500M Casino
(New York) -- The Department of the Interior on Monday formally acknowledged and put into effect a controversial tribal compact that paves the way for a $500 million...
article Mashpee-Massachusetts gaming compact gets federal blessing
(Massachusetts) -- The Indian Affairs Bureau Monday made the approval of the gaming compact between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...

2/3/2014

article Gambling compact between state, Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to take effect as federal law
(Massachusetts) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday officially posted notice in the federal register that the gambling compact between the state and the Mashpee...
article Gambling pact with tribe now in play
(Massachusetts) -- The gaming compact between the Wampanoag Tribe and the state officially took effect yesterday, raising the stakes in the fight for casino cash in...
press release Interior Department Posts Federal Notice of Compact Approvl Today -- It's Official
(Massachusetts) -- Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, announced that the Interior Department today made official the formal approval of the gaming...

2/2/2014

article Wampanoag compact with governor to become official Monday
(Massachusetts) -- The compact between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Gov. Deval Patrick is being published in the Federal Register Monday, according to the federal...

1/31/2014

article BIA publishes notice of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe compact
(Massachusetts) -- The Class III gaming compact for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts will go into effect on Monday.
article Wampanoag compact with Patrick to become official Monday
(Massachusetts) -- The compact between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Gov. Deval Patrick is being published in the Federal Register Monday, according to the federal...

1/29/2014

article Steve Wynn wants Wampanoags’ deal
(Massachusetts) -- Vegas mogul Steve Wynn — still in competition for the sole Boston-area casino license — is already angling for a tax cut, telling the...

1/20/2014

article Taunton manufacturer looking for new home in Norton
(Massachusetts) -- A representative of a growing medical device and surgical robotics company being courted by the town of Norton said there’s still time for...

1/18/2014

article Taunton medical manufacturer looking for new home in Norton
(Massachusetts) -- A representative of a growing medical device and surgical robotics company being courted by the town of Norton said there's still time for Taunton...

1/16/2014

article Federal judge hears Mashpee tribe's election dispute
(Massachusetts) -- A U.S. District Court judge is being asked to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks a Bureau of Indian Affairs investigation into alleged irregularities in the...

1/15/2014

article Taunton anti-casino group plans forum for Thursday night
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the East Taunton casino opposition group Preserve Taunton's Future are planning a community forum for tonight to discuss an assortment...

1/14/2014

article Letter explains feds' default Mashpee Wampanoag casino approval
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's compact with Gov. Deval Patrick for a $500 million casino in Taunton violates an aspect of federal Indian casino law...
article Judge delays decision in Mashpee Wampanoag tribal lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- All involved parties will need to wait to learn the fate of a federal lawsuit that requests the Bureau of Indian Affairs formally investigate...
article Tribal council members face five challengers
(Massachusetts) -- Four incumbents on the Masphee Wampanoag Tribal Council will face five challengers in the tribe's Feb. 9 annual election.

1/13/2014

article Case Challenging Casino Law Is Dismissed
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has dismissed a private developer’s case that challenged part of the state’s casino law as unconstitutional.

1/11/2014

article Court ruling leaves New Bedford casino plan murky
(Massachusetts) -- The state is in a ticklish position having just won a lawsuit over a company that's seeking to open a casino. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge...
article Federal judge upholds state casino law
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has upheld Massachusetts’ casino law as constitutional, deciding against a casino developer that had challenged the state...
article Our View: Longer odds on New Bedford casino
(Massachusetts) -- The chances of a casino coming to New Bedford under the commonwealth's gaming law seem to dwindle with each bit of news. Circumstances may be...

1/9/2014

article New Bedford casino contender KG Urban loses lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has ruled that the state's casino law does not unfairly tip the scales in favor of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
article LETTER: Mashpee compact is not actually approved
(Massachusetts) -- The latest purported success of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s compact with the commonwealth is being reported in error in some media. The...
article OP/ED: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Gets Go Ahead for Massachusetts Casino
(Massachusetts) -- There are apparently two ways to build a casino in Massachusetts. First, you can get a town to show some interest in your proposal, negotiate...

1/8/2014

article BIA Approves Mashpee’s Tribal-State Gaming Compact in 'Historic and Epic Moment'
(Massachusetts) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s gaming compact with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, setting another...

1/4/2014

article Feds OK Mashpee pact with Mass. on casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoags came one step closer yesterday to building a resort casino in Taunton, after federal officials effectively approved the tribe...
article PARTY LINES: Tribal casino compact gets green light
(Massachusetts) -- If the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe goes on to meet the remaining requirements to build a casino in Taunton, there will be a rulebook of sorts in place to...

1/3/2014

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Gets Go-Ahead To Pursue Mass. Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has gotten a green light to pursue a casino in Massachusetts after the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs opted to take no...
article Mashpee Wampanoag win federal compact approval
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is declaring victory and vowing to have shovels in the ground by the end of this year for its Project First Light casino...
article Taunton tribal casino compact approved
(Massachusetts) -- The casino compact between the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and the state of Massachusetts has now taken effect, tribal leadership said Friday.
article Tribe, Patrick claim Taunton casino compact approval
(Massachusetts) -- The second tribal gaming compact negotiated between the Patrick administration and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe worth an estimated $2.1 billion in...

1/2/2014

article Bureau of Indian Affairs silent on Wampanoag's compact
(Massachusetts) -- Thursday was the deadline for the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to act on the compact between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Gov. Deval Patrick.
article Feds examine Mashpee Wampanoag compact for Taunton casino
(Massachusetts) -- The new version of a compact for a proposed tribal casino in Taunton was still under review as of press time Thursday, according to a spokesperson...

12/31/2013

article Federal decision on Mashpee Wampanoag compact expected Thursday
(Massachusetts) -- Taunton city officials and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are expecting an affirmative decision on a revised tribal-state gambling compact to be issued...

12/28/2013

article 2014 to reshape SouthCoast?
(Massachusetts) -- The year 2014 is poised to be a momentous one for SouthCoast in many ways. Projects and policies that have been in the works sometimes for years may...
article Taunton Gazette Newsmaker of the Year George Carney reflects on journey
(Massachusetts) -- George L. Carney Jr. is by turns modest and firmly confident — which is not unusual considering how far he’s come during the past 85 years.

12/22/2013

article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe members renew push for more transparency
(Massachusetts) -- Two Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe members, punished for speaking out about alleged financial mismanagement seven years ago, are at it again.

12/12/2013

article Frawley: Casino impact report is 'fraudulent'
(Massachusetts) -- Middleboro Selectman Allin Frawley says he believes the draft environmental impact statement on the Mashpee Wampanoag's Taunton casino proposal is...

12/9/2013

article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe official issues apology for remarks made at Taunton casino hearing
(Massachusetts) -- A high-ranking Mashpee Wampanoag official has apologized for remarks she made earlier this week at a public hearing on the tribe’s federal land...

12/6/2013

article BLOG: On the Mashpee Wampanoag controversy: What Jessie “Little Doe” Baird left out
(Massachusetts) -- I was very involved in the pro-casino Middleboro movement as editor of the pro-casino website casino-friend.com. I vowed not to blog about the...
article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe official issues apology for remarks made at Taunton casino hearing
(Massachusetts) -- A high-ranking Mashpee Wampanoag official has apologized for remarks she made earlier this week at a public hearing on the tribe’s federal land...
article OP/ED: Apology can’t erase underlying hatred and racism
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Vice Chairwoman Jessie Baird’s letter is not an apology. The context of her remarks Tuesday were squarely aimed at...
article Taunton mayor asks for, receives apology from Wampanoag vice chairman
(Massachusetts) -- Calling her comments “insensitive and ill-advised,” Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. called on the vice chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag...
article Tribe's VP apologizes to Taunton
(Massachusetts) -- Shortly after being admonished by the mayor of Taunton, Jessie "Little Doe" Baird apologized Friday for remarks about "NIMBYs,"...

12/5/2013

article Casino backers, opponents clash at Taunton public hearing
(Massachusetts) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs came to town Tuesday as supporters and opponents of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s proposed casino shared their...
article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe addresses controversial remarks
(Massachusetts) -- After a Mashpee Wampanoag official’s recent comments caused a stir at a casino hearing earlier this week, tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell issued...

12/3/2013

article Emotions high at Taunton hearing
(Massachusetts) -- They came to talk about traffic, water, wetlands and economic development, but it was emotion that took over a hearing to review the Mashpee Wampanoag...
article Tribal official lashes out at opponents at Taunton casino hearing
(Massachusetts) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs came to town Tuesday as supporters and opponents of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s proposed casino shared their...

12/2/2013

article Gambling plans under scrutiny
(Massachusetts) -- Two hearings this week involving the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's $500 million Project First Light are just part of what is shaping up to be a busy...
article Tribe poses $500M question
(Massachusetts) -- Sharon Kennedy had one question for the official from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, and it was one he could not answer. "How long does...

11/23/2013

article Tribe's debt grows to $70M, members say
(Massachusetts) -- Even as its path to casino riches remains uncertain, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues to add debt that has now reached $70 million, according to...

11/22/2013

article Hold ’Em or Fold ’Em Question for Massachusetts Casino Hopefuls
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is vetting applications for three Class III casino-resorts in the state, one each in Region A (Eastern...

11/21/2013

article Environmental report on proposed casino available for inspection
(Massachusetts) -- The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Mashpee Wampanoag's land-in-trust application for its proposed resort casino in Taunton has been...

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