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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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(Massachusetts) -- Today marks an important milestone in American History. Nearly four centuries after helping the Pilgrims survive on these shores, the United States...
article Mashpee Wampanoag earns key federal land in trust status as it seeks to build tribe casino
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government has committed to acquiring over 300 acres of land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, a critical step as the tribe...

9/16/2015

article MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION: Decision on tribal casino will add certainty to market
(Massachusetts) -- The major wildcard looming over the Massachusetts casino market appears to be moving closer to a resolution. The Bureau of Indian Affairs states in an...

9/14/2015

article Wampanoag tribes gain in national status
(Massachusetts) -- As he sat in the elegant lobby of the Westin Copley Hotel on Monday afternoon, Cedric Cromwell received warm congratulations -- and business cards --...

9/13/2015

article Editorial: No rush on casino
(Massachusetts) -- Some argue southeastern Massachusetts got a raw deal when casino gambling was legalized in Massachusetts, forced to wait out a shaky bid by the...

9/9/2015

article Brockton casino boss unfazed by threat of tribal competitor
(Massachusetts) -- The developer of a proposed casino in Brockton brushed off concerns that the project could be sandwiched between a Wynn Resorts casino in Everett and...

9/3/2015

article Tribe Seeks Return Of Land Through Petition Article
(Massachusetts) -- An article seeking the return of more than 500 acres of town-owned land to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe could put the status of the town's land...
article Easton prepares for casino deal
(Massachusetts) -- The town is preparing for its second set of surrounding community negotiations in almost as many years as Brockton vies for a state casino license....

8/31/2015

article BIA clarifies timeline on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid
(Massachusetts) -- A decision on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid in Massachusetts isn't as imminent as reported. An August 21 letter from the Bureau of Indian...
article Decision on tribal casino will add certainty to market
(Massachusetts) -- The major wildcard looming over the Massachusetts casino market appears to be moving closer to a resolution. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, in an Aug....
article Tribe Awaits Decision More Than Three Years After Taunton Casino Vote
(Massachusetts) -- The long, closed-door review of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land-in-trust application is still proceeding in the U.S. Department of the...

8/29/2015

article BIA issues second letter clarifying Taunton casino situation
(Massachusetts) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a new letter clarifying the meaning of an Aug. 21 notification sent to the Taunton City Council about a proposed...

8/28/2015

article BIA contradicts itself on decision about Mashpee tribe's land application
(Massachusetts) -- Not so fast. The timing of a decision on whether the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land application will be either approved or rejected remains a...
article Decision On Tribe’s Land Trust, Casino Imminent But Time Frame Still Uncertain
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government has shown signs that it is in the final stages of issuing a ruling on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s request to turn land...
article Our View: Gaming law's efficacy to soon be tested
(Massachusetts) -- It’s a fair assumption that a not insignificant number of the approximately 2,600 members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is barely able to think...
article Tribe Confident About Massachusetts Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe appears to be making significant progress in its quest to secure land in Massachusetts to build a Las Vegas-style...

8/27/2015

article Feds: decision clearing path for tribal casino coming soon
(Massachusetts) -- A decision paving the way for an Indian tribe-run casino in Massachusetts appears imminent. The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs notified officials in...
article Our View: Region stuck in Bureau of Indian Affairs' red tape
(Massachusetts) -- What has long been a wild card hampering southeastern Massachusetts' forward momentum may soon have some much-needed clarity. On Aug. 21, the federal...
article Towns on notice for federal decision on Mashpee Wampanoag
(Massachusetts) -- It’s been one of the most widely anticipated decisions — with huge implications for the Massachusetts casino industry — and one that...

8/26/2015

article BIA notifies Taunton City Council of impending casino decision
(Massachusetts) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs notified the Taunton City Council of an impending decision related to the Mashpee Wampanoag’s efforts to build a...
article Decision Clearing a Path for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Casino Imminent
(Massachusetts) -- A decision from federal officials that would pave the way for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to build a casino resort in Taunton is now imminent. A...
article Decision on Mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino may be imminent
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe may learn within 30 days whether the federal government will back its bid to open a casino in Taunton, a...
article Decision on tribal casino will bring certainty to market
(Massachusetts) -- The major wildcard looming over the Massachusetts casino market could soon be resolved. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, in an Aug. 21 letter to Taunton...
article Mashpee tribe awaits land decision more than three years after Taunton casino vote
(Massachusetts) -- The long, closed-door review of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's land-in-trust application is still proceeding in the U.S. Department of the Interior...
article Tribe's land decision imminent
(Massachusetts) -- The federal Department of the Interior is within 30 days of making a decision on whether to approve or reject a land application filed by the Mashpee...

8/23/2015

article Cedric Cromwell: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series
(Washington D.C.) -- Please introduce yourself with your name and title. Cedric Cromwell, chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Can you share with us your Native name...

7/26/2015

article Developers back out of New Bedford casino deal
(Massachusetts) -- In its letter to the state Gaming Commission, KG Urban, said investors proved unconvinced the venture would work in an increasingly competitive...

7/22/2015

article Developer Pulls New Bedford Casino Bid
(Massachusetts) -- The developer behind a proposed New Bedford casino has withdrawn its application for the state’s third and final casino license. In a letter to...

7/20/2015

article Obstacles Massachusetts Casino Industry Has to Overcome
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts has been making the headlines over the last couple of months because of the disagreements related to the development of the casino...

7/19/2015

article Not so fast for the full casino era
(Massachusetts) -- When Plainridge Park opened the casino era in Massachusetts last month, it was considered a first, modest step on the road to a multibillion-dollar...

7/3/2015

article Native American Regalia To Shine At Wampanoag Powwow
(Massachusetts) -- On Friday, July 3, and the rest of the weekend, many Native Americans will be represented at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds dressed in traditional regalia...

7/2/2015

article Wampanoag Tribe Puts Casino on Fast Track; Selectmen Call Closed-Door Meeting
(Massachusetts) -- The chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) today announced that work will begin soon to convert a tribal community center into a...

6/19/2015

article Massachusetts Gaming Ethics Commission Completes Investigations
(Massachusetts) -- The gambling industry in Massachusetts has yet to launch and already been the subject of controversy. Overshadowing the beginning of the gambling...
article State: Tribe's claims about new casino baseles
(Massachusetts) -- Attorney General Maura Healey’s office has said no dice to a complaint from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe about electronic table games at...
article Casino to open over tribe’s objection
(Massachusetts) -- State Attorney General Maura Healey announced she will take no action on a request by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to halt the opening of Plainridge...

6/18/2015

article AG: No action on Mashpee Wampanoag allegation about casino
(Massachusetts) -- Attorney General Maura Healey’s office says it has reviewed a complaint by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe about Plainridge Park Casino and decided...
article Gambling commission leader says ethics complaint dismissed
(Massachusetts) -- The head of the state Gaming Commission says an ethics complaint against him has been dismissed. Stephen Crosby sent an email to commission staff...
article State attorney general won't act on tribe's casino complaint
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office says it won't take any action on a complaint an Indian tribe filed against state gambling...

6/3/2015

article Mashpee Wampanoag casino plan a 'conundrum' for Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- While the competition for the state’s last casino license is down to two proposals, a potential wildcard still looms. Languishing in red tape...

5/28/2015

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe names new tribal administrator
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announces the appointment of David ThunderEagle as its new tribal administrator. An enrolled tribal member of the Karuk...
article Mashpee Nine Video: Fight for Tribal Justice Continues With Documentary
(Massachusetts) -- In anticipation of the 40th anniversary of the police raid on a group of Native American drummers, the documentary “Mashpee Nine: The Beat Goes...

5/23/2015

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hoping for casino decision this year
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts hopes to receive a decision on its casino sometime this year, an attorney said. The tribe plans to build...

5/22/2015

article Tribal casino plan a 'conundrum' for Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- While the competition for the state’s last casino license is down to two proposals, a potential wildcard still looms. Languishing in red tape...

5/20/2015

article Plan for tribal casino in Taunton a 'conundrum' for Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- While the competition for the state’s last casino license is down to two proposals, a potential wildcard still looms. Languishing in red tape...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Sign Historic Agreement with Transportation Officials
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe signed a historic agreement Monday, a memorandum of understanding that is the first such contract between a tribe and...

5/19/2015

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe says Plainridge Park slots are illegal
(Massachusetts) -- On May 15th 2015, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has expressed an objection to the number and also the type of slot machines that are to be used by...
article Tribe reaches deal with highway officials on burial sites
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has reached an agreement with federal and state transportation officials over the preservation of tribal burial sites.

5/18/2015

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe questions non-Indian slot facility
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is questioning the legality of a non-Indian slot machine facility that's due to open next month. H.3702, the...

5/16/2015

article Tribe objects to casino operation
(Massachusetts) -- Nearly a month from Plainridge Park Casino’s targeted opening, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is claiming the type of machines and number of...

5/15/2015

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Objects to Plainridge Park Casino Slot Positions
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe expressed objections to the number and type of slot machines that are to be featured by Plainridge Park Casino in...
article Tribe asks AG to investigate slot parlor regulations
(Massachusetts) -- As Massachusetts’ first gambling facility prepares to open near the end of June, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is asking Attorney General Maura...
article Tribe questions multi-user games at Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ attorney general will be investigating whether any of the electronic games at Plainridge Park Casino violate the state’s...

5/14/2015

article Tribe challenges Plainridge slots plan
(Massachusetts) -- Nearly a month away from Plainridge Park Casino’s targeted opening, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is claiming the type of machines and number of...
article Tribe raises objection to gambling machines at state’s first casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe has raised objections about the number and type of gambling machines allowed at the Plainridge Park Casino and has...

5/12/2015

article As Mashpee Tribe Awaits a Decision From Feds, Another Community Takes Casino Vote
(Massachusetts) -- City residents will decide the fate of a proposed $650 million resort casino for the Brockton Fairgrounds. The southeastern Massachusetts city is...

4/29/2015

article Casino Arms Race Heats Up In SE Mass As Deadline Approaches
(Massachusetts) -- Casino Gambling in New England is a hot button issue that’s heating up once again as another deadline approaches next week. May 4 is the date...

4/12/2015

article Kostrzewa: Among casinos, nasty becoming the norm
(Massachusetts) -- The stiff competition for gamblers and their money turned a bit nasty recently, just as the first, silver shovel hit the dirt at the groundbreaking...

4/7/2015

article Member of Mashpee Wampanoag honored by Celtics for tribal language work
(Massachusetts) -- A Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe member was honored Friday at T.D. Garden by the Boston Celtics for her work to bring back the tribe's native language....

4/6/2015

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe remains confident on gaming plan
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts believes a decision on its casino land-into-trust application is coming soon. The Bureau of Indian...

4/5/2015

article Consultant says tribe’s casino project in Taunton remains a wild card
(Massachusetts) -- A top legal expert for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s casino pursuit says the tribe’s application for a federal casino remains active and...

4/3/2015

article Good news from state for New Bedford casino backers
(Massachusetts) -- State gaming officials said this morning that they remained committed to considering applications for a commercial resort casino license in...

4/2/2015

article Gaming commission not concerned about competition in Southeastern Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- State gaming officials said this morning that they remained committed to considering applications for a commercial resort casino license in...
article Gaming consultants: Mashpee tribe's project a wild card in casino plans
(Massachusetts) -- To use a gambling term, licensing a commercial casino in Region C remains a crapshoot. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Indian casino project in...

4/1/2015

article Pulte out, Wampanoag casino in at Town Farm
(Massachusetts) -- In a decision that has sent town officials scrambling and has residents up in arms, the Masphee Wampanoag Tribe earlier today acquired the rights to...

3/27/2015

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Ushers In Spring With Flourish
(Massachusetts) -- Grandeur, reverence and humility were the order of the day as the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hosted its 19th Annual Spring Ball. The festive occasion was...

3/24/2015

article 3 facing charges following brawls at Wampanoag tribal ball released after pleading not guilty
(Massachusetts) -- Three people allegedly involved in brawls at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's annual ball last weekend have been released on personal recognizance...

3/23/2015

article Bay State's first casino to open in 3 months
(Massachusetts) -- With the Mashpee Wampanoag's efforts to get the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington to approve their proposed land for a casino in Taunton...
article Police say 4 arrested for fights after Wampanoag Ball
(Massachusetts) -- Falmouth police say four people have been arrested after several fights broke out after the Wampanoag Ball at a Cape Cod resort on Saturday night....

3/18/2015

article Still no word from BIA on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is still waiting for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make a decision on its gaming project.

2/27/2015

article HUD hands out $462,176 block grant to Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week announced it would distribute more than $651 million to 586 Native American...

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