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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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5/6/2016

article PETERS: Tribe Is Best Steward Of Mashpee's Land
(Massachusetts) -- Petition Articles 21 and 22 of Monday’s Annual Town Meeting were submitted by an individual tribal member. Many of us within the tribe learned...

5/5/2016

article Tribal Citizens Announce Write-In Mashpee Candidacies
(Massachusetts) -- Recent events may have been the final nudge for Mashpee Wampanoag tribal citizens to mount a mostly write-in campaign for boards and committees in the...

5/4/2016

article Wampanoag Immersion Preschool Gets Started
(Massachusetts) -- The group that has been teaching the Wampanoag language to tribe members for the last two decades is now opening a preschool for the first time....

5/3/2016

article Old tension simmers in Mashpee
(Massachusetts) -- An attempt to get two land-related referendums on a future town election ballot failed Monday night at town meeting, but the effort may have sparked a...

5/2/2016

article Casino dreams become reality for Mashpee Wampanoag
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stands alone in Southeastern Massachusetts. It wasn’t easy. The journey was a roller coaster ride with twists and...
article Casino not in the cards for Brockton due to uncertainty in Taunton
(Massachusetts) -- “It’s time to bring the elephant into the room.” The statement from Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming...
article Mashpee tribe's articles lose steam at town meeting
(Massachusetts) -- Late Monday, town meeting voters defeated Article 21, a petition article directing the town to enter into "meaningful and timely"...

4/30/2016

article Casino dreams become reality for Mashpee Wampanoag
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stands alone in Southeastern Massachusetts. It wasn’t easy. The journey was a roller coaster ride with twists and...
article 500 Acres In The Balance In Mashpee
(Massachusetts) -- On Marie A. Stone’s office wall hangs a map of Mashpee from 1877 detailing the names of the owners of each parcel of land. Names of Mashpee...
article EDITORIAL: Vote No On 500-Acres Petition
(Massachusetts) -- Prior to Monday, May 2, Mashpee government officials’ minds will be preoccupied with the fear that Marie Stone will coax a large gathering out...

4/29/2016

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Reacts to Brockton Casino Rejection
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is speaking out following the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s decision to reject plans for a Brockton casino.
article Rejection of Brockton casino may not save Plainville's Plainridge in long term
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission denied a proposal for a Brockton-based casino Thursday, eliminating a potential competitor in a gambling market...
article Rejection of rival casino bid praised by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- A $677 million casino proposal for the Brockton Fairgrounds has been voted down by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
article Gaming Commission Denies Brockton Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on voted against awarding a commercial resort casino license in southeastern Massachusetts, relieving the First...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Denies Brockton Casino License
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted 4-1 against a $677 million Brockton casino being proposed by Mass Gaming & Entertainment, a...
article Our View: Mass. Gaming Commission goes all in on Taunton tribal casino
(Massachusetts) -- By a 4-1 vote, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday rejected the Brockton commercial casino proposal that could have threatened the Mashpee...
article State kills Brockton casino license bid
(Massachusetts) -- Two major resort casinos won't duke it out in Massachusetts' southeastern corner after all. Mass Gaming & Entertainment lost its bid to...

4/28/2016

article BREAKING NEWS: Gaming Commission Rejects Brockton Casino Plan
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission rejected plans for a Brockton casino Thursday, leaving the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Taunton project as the...
article Brockton casino shot down by Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission Thursday voted down a proposed $677 million casino here, dashing the hopes for an economic catalyst in one of the state...
article Gaming chairman calls Brockton casino plan unimpressive
(Massachusetts) -- In a city that knows well the knockout power of a punch, Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby appears to have dealt one to a $677...
article Gaming commission rejects Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has rejected a casino license for Mass Gaming & Entertainment in Brockton. In a 4-1 vote, the commission found...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission rejects $677 million Brockton casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has voted down a proposal for a $677 million casino on the Brockton Fairgrounds.
article State rejects Brockton casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday declined to award a license for a commercial casino in southeastern Massachusetts where the Mashpee...

4/27/2016

article Consultant says additional casino would cost Bay State tax revenue
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts will collect less gambling tax revenues if two casinos rather than one are allowed to open in its southeastern corner near Rhode Island...
article Massachusetts weighs another casino for crowded southeast
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ casino scene could get more crowded. The state Gaming Commission is deciding this week whether to award the state’s third...

4/26/2016

article Casino investors call other's bluff
(Massachusetts) -- When The Innovation Group was working for the Massachusetts Senate in 2010, the casino consultant warned that having a tribal casino in the same...
article Gaming commission consultant: state could lose $28M to $41M annually with competing casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The state stands to lose $28 million to $41 million per year in taxes if a Brockton casino is licensed and competes with a nearby tribal casino in...
article Tax collections would drop if Brockton casino OK’d, consultant says
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts could lose some $42 million a year in tax revenue if a proposed resort casino here wins approval and competes with a tribal casino in...

4/23/2016

article Legislators Warn Gaming Commission Of Backlash If Brockton Casino Gets License
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received a boost from Massachusetts legislators this week in their effort to operate the sole casino in southeastern...

4/20/2016

article State gaming board could reach casino decision by month's end
(Massachusetts) -- State gaming regulators have laid out their timetable for making the final determination as to whether they will license a commercial casino in...

4/19/2016

article Attleboro area state legislators urge halt, study on Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- Seven local legislators have written to the state Gaming Commission asking it to hold off from approving a casino in Brockton. The lawmakers argue...
article Group of lawmakers call for delay in vote on Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- A group of seven Massachusetts legislators is warning the state Gaming Commission against approving a proposed casino in Brockton, saying it would...
article Mass. lawmakers warn of lost gambling revenue if Brockton palace OK’d
(Massachusetts) -- Seven Massachusetts legislators are warning that if the state Gaming Commission approves a proposed Brockton casino next week, the Mashpee Wampanoag...

4/17/2016

article Development to establish new strip mall, widen streets at dangerous intersection
(Massachusetts) -- The move to transform the southeast portion of Harts Four Corners into a multi-use strip mall is underway.

4/16/2016

article Granny Squannit: Celebrating Herring, Land Into Trust, And First Light
(Massachusetts) -- Cedric (Running Bear) Cromwell, chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, recently stated that “This First Light Resort & Casino will rival...

4/15/2016

article Project First Light Resort and Casino to host job and vendor fair in May
(Massachusetts) -- After breaking ground on the Project First Light Resort and Casino just last week, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has announced they are now going to be...
article Public input accepted until Tuesday on proposed Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is accepting comments through Tuesday on a proposed Mass Gaming & Entertainment casino proposed in Brockton.

4/11/2016

article Mashpee push on with casino work despite lawsuit over reservation status
(Massachusetts) -- When the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe broke ground on a $1 billion casino last week, it surged ahead of rival developers in the race to open the state...
article Taunton school district wants bigger piece of the Project First Light pie
(Massachusetts) -- It is the hope of the Taunton school district that it receives its share and more than what the city bargained for on its behalf of the anticipated...

4/10/2016

article Taunton school district seeking bigger cut of casino revenue
(Massachusetts) -- The Taunton school district hopes to get its share of anticipated casino revenue plus more than the city bargained for on its behalf. Per the...
article Archaeological Study Planned For Northbridge Site In Mashpee
(Massachusetts) -- An archaeological study that will look for pre-Colonial artifacts could delay the construction of the assisted living facility proposed for Mashpee...

4/9/2016

article Gold rush in the Silver City: The First Light casino's impact on Taunton
(Massachusetts) -- A century ago Taunton was known far and wide as a manufacturing hub, a place that supplied the world with textiles, bricks, stoves — and silver.
article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe breaks ground on Taunton casino
(Massachusetts) -- Tribal council chairman Cedric Cromwell confers with a fellow tribal member as Jessie "little doe" Baird addresses a crowd in a tent...

4/7/2016

article Wampanoag Tribe breaks ground at Taunton casino site
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe broke ground at the site of their First Light Resort & Casino in Taunton Tuesday. Tribal Chairman Cedric Crowell was...

4/6/2016

article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe breaks ground on First Light Casino in Taunton
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe officially broke ground this week on a 150,000 square foot destination resort casino, which aims to be the first first...
article Mashpee Wampanoags break ground on Taunton casino
(Massachusetts) -- With a tent filled to capacity with tribal members, financial backers and politicians, Cedric Cromwell was elated and nearly beside himself with joy...
article Taunton breaks ground on casino, eying partial opening next year
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of southeastern Massachusetts broke ground yesterday on what it hopes will become the state’s first resort casino,...

4/5/2016

article 'We did it!' says tribal leader at Taunton casino groundbreaking Tuesday
(Massachusetts) -- With a tent filled to capacity with tribal members, financial backers and politicians, Cedric Cromwell was elated and nearly beside himself with joy...
article Mashpee tribe to break ground on casino in Taunton
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe gathered at the tribe’s reservation in Taunton Tuesday for a groundbreaking for a massive $1 billion...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Breaks Ground On Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The sun broke through the recent snowstorms Tuesday, April5, in Taunton just in time for the well-attended and joyous groundbreaking celebration...
article Tribe breaking ground on Taunton casino project today
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe took the first step in the construction of the tribe’s $1 billion First Light Resort & Casino in East Taunton...
article Tribe breaks ground on Massachusetts' latest casino project
(Massachusetts) -- With the swing of an excavator claw crashing down on a vacant industrial building, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe officially jumped into New England'...

4/4/2016

article Another casino project is joining the fray in New England's increasingly crowded gambling scene
(Massachusetts) -- Another casino project is joining the fray in New England's increasingly crowded gambling scene. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe officially breaks...
article Mashpee tribe to break ground on casino Tuesday
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is scheduled to break ground on First Light Resort & Casino Tuesday in Taunton and, in the process, leap over another...
article GEN Malaysia to get 7-yr contract for tribal casino
(Massachusetts) -- Casino operator Genting Malaysia Bhd confirmed in a filing that it would be managing the casino at a resort being developed by a Native American tribe...
article Genting Msia could earn US$25mil in management fees from First Light
(Massachusetts) -- Genting Malaysia (GENM) announced that it has been appointed the manager of the First Light Resort & Casino, a tribal casino operated by the...

4/3/2016

article The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is set to break ground on a resort casino south of Boston
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is breaking ground on a resort casino south of Boston. The federally recognized tribe has scheduled a kick off ceremony...
article US casino appoints Genting Malaysia as manager
(Massachusetts) -- Genting Malaysia Bhd has been appointed as the manager of the First Light Resort & Casino in US for an expected period of seven years. In a filing...

4/2/2016

article Tribe says its Taunton resort casino will be Bay State’s first to open
(Massachusetts) -- For months, Massachusetts’ first resort casino has figured to be the $950 million facility MGM Resorts International is building in Springfield...
article Genting announces first investment, management deal with Mashpee First Light casino in Massachuetts
(Massachusetts) -- Genting Malaysia Bhd (GenM) said in a statement this week that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has appointed them as manager of First Light Resort &...

4/1/2016

article Genting Malaysia adds another resort casino in the US
(Malaysia) -- Genting Malaysia Bhd (GenM) will manage First Light Resort & Casino, an Indian-destination resort casino in Massachusetts, United States, to be built...
article Genting Malaysia to Run Taunton Casino on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Behalf
(Malaysia) -- According to reliable sources Genting Malaysia Bhd, one of the leading Asian leisure and hospitality companies, is about to ink a deal authorizing it to...

3/31/2016

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confirms First Light Resort & Casino’s groundbreaking ceremony for April 5
(Massachusetts) -- While the Wynn Boston Harbour resort casino and MGM Springfield casino in Massachusetts have been forced to delay their launch dates till 2018 due to...
article Tribe to Break Ground on Massachusetts' First Casino on April 5
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for its First Light Resort & Casino — Massachusetts' first resort...

3/30/2016

article Tribe Schedules Groundbreaking Ceremony For Taunton Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is ready to embark on construction of the state’s first full-scale casino. The tribe has scheduled a groundbreaking...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confirms groundbreaking for casino
(Massachusetts) -- It's official -- the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts will start work on a long-awaited casino next week. The tribe confirmed April 5 as...

3/29/2016

article Rival casino opposed by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits fate
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is debating whether to approve a commercial casino that's opposed by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The...

3/25/2016

article Brockton casino group addresses revenue, legal issues as commission makes decision
(Massachusetts) -- As it makes a final pitch for a state license, the group behind the proposed casino in Brockton trashed a regional gaming revenue forecast produced by...
article Tribe's study says 2 casinos in region would cost state $28M per year
(Massachusetts) -- The state would lose $28 million per year in casino revenue if both a Taunton and Brockton casino are built, according to a study commissioned by the...

3/24/2016

article Tribe May Restore Historic Parsonage
(Massachusetts) -- Earl H. Mills Sr. remembers the sound the doorbell made when he rang the bell at the Mashpee Church Parsonage nearly 70 years ago. He remembers taking...

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