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Claim: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe $425M in debt, services cut

A robocall circulated Saturday and Sunday urged Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe members to attend a gathering Sunday at its government headquarters in Mashpee to address concerns about mounting debt.

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11/23/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe calls Trump team for help on eve of Thanksgiving
(Massachusetts) -- In his first-ever Thanksgiving proclamation, President Donald Trump credited the Wampanoag people with helping the Pilgrims make it through their...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe leader calls on Trump to ‘do right’
(Massachusetts) -- On the eve of Thanksgiving the leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe called on President Donald Trump to honor his commitment to Native Americans and...

11/22/2017

article Cromwell Wants Trump Administration to Green-Light Stalled Casino Project
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell has called on President Donald Trump to allow the tribe’s stalled casino project to move...
article Mashpee: Thanksgiving Tribe Calls on Trump to Grant it Casino Lands
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts tribe that broke bread with the Pilgrims is calling on President Donald Trump to honor his commitment to Native Americans. Mashpee...
article Four Centuries After the First Thanksgiving, the Mashpee Wampanoag Fight to Reclaim Their Language
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, whose ancestors dined with Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, created a language immersion school to preserve its...

11/18/2017

article Tribal Government Looks At Budget Cuts
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe seems to be entering a period of austerity as it awaits a ruling from the federal government regarding its reservation...

11/14/2017

article Tribe unity event held amid financial questions
(Massachusetts) -- Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe met with lawmakers Monday at the Massachusetts Statehouse for an inaugural Thanksgiving unity event, but...

11/13/2017

article Claim: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe $425M in debt, services cut
(Massachusetts) -- A robocall circulated Saturday and Sunday urged Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe members to attend a gathering Sunday at its government headquarters in Mashpee...
article Claim: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe $425M in debt, services cut
(Massachusetts) -- A call for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe members to attend a meeting Sunday afternoon to address longstanding concerns about the tribe’s mounting debt...

11/7/2017

article Mashpee tribe to host Thanksgiving unity event
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will be traveling to the Massachusetts Statehouse on Monday to host a first-ever Thanksgiving Unity Reception with...

10/14/2017

article Bidding Glitch Will Delay Quashnet Restoration Project In Mashpee
(Massachusetts) -- The Quashnet Elementary School renovation project has hit a roughly four-week delay in its projected schedule because the project team was unable to...

10/11/2017

article Taunton City Council extends emergency services agreement with tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The 151-acre site of the stalled Mashpee Wampanoag resort casino project in East Taunton will continue to be accessible to police, fire and emergency...

10/7/2017

article Massachusetts tribe that first encountered Pilgrims replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
(Massachusetts) -- The first Massachusetts tribe to make contact with the Pilgrims is changing its holiday calendar to recognize 'Indigenous Peoples Day' in...

10/6/2017

article Mashpee School Committee, Tribal Officials Meet
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee School Committee meeting on Wednesday evening, October 4, began with all assembled standing and holding hands as Jessie (Little Doe) Baird...

9/29/2017

article Mashpee School Committee To Meet At Tribal Community Center
(Massachusetts) -- In the spirit of partnership and inclusiveness, the Mashpee School Committee will for the first time have its regular Wednesday meeting on sovereign...

9/25/2017

article Wampanoag Tribe members create rap to fight drugs
(Massachusetts) -- Three young members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are using the power of rap to fight drugs and drug dealing in their tribe.

9/15/2017

article Best Buy closing Taunton store in October
(Massachusetts) -- Best Buy in the Silver City Galleria mall is closing. A spokesman for the Richfield-Minnesota-based electronics retailer on Friday confirmed that the...

8/24/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag School Looks To Revive Teachings Of Native Language
(Massachusetts) -- In a small classroom in the headquarters of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, children recite words in the language of their ancestors. The name of the...

8/18/2017

article OP/ED: Cultural identity
(Massachusetts) -- A federal court judge in Boston last week agreed to further delay proceedings in a lawsuit against the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in its bid to build a...

8/15/2017

article Court continues delay of Mashpee tribe’s appeal
(Massachusetts) -- A federal court has agreed to further delay proceedings in a lawsuit against the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in anticipation of a government decision that...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe remains confident as Trump team reviews casino bid
(Massachusetts) -- The leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe remains confident of plans for a long-delayed casino even though the Trump administration was prepared to...

8/13/2017

article BCC ‘Casino lab,’ first of its kind in Massachusetts, officially opens in Taunton
(Massachusetts) -- They call it a casino lab: a room with a wildly colorful carpet and low, indirect lighting with spotlights on the four felt-topped blackjack tables,...
article Bristol Community College introduces new gaming lab
(Massachusetts) -- The stakes are high inside Bristol Community College's new gaming lab. A first-of-its-kind lab in Massachusetts is preparing students to work in...

8/12/2017

article Tribe Appeal Pushed Back
(Massachusetts) -- A US Court of Appeals First Circuit judge agreed this week to extend the opening of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s pending appeal regarding its...
article BCC ups the ante with new casino management program
(Massachusetts) -- With three new casinos set to open in Massachusetts, Bristol Community College is now offering hands-on training for students hoping to break into...

8/11/2017

article MARKET BUZZ: Genting Companies Down On Reportedly Losing Canadian Casino Bid
(Malaysia) -- Genting Malaysia's down 1.2% at MYR5.80, while parent Genting falls 0.1% at MYR9.69 after the group reportedly lost a bid for 22-year concession to...

7/27/2017

article Tribe Could Seek State Casino License If Land Lawsuit Fails
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe made headlines this week about the possibility of seeking a state casino license in Taunton if its land in trust...

7/25/2017

article MARKET BUZZ: Genting Malaysia Falls On US Casino Concerns
(Malaysia) -- Genting Malaysia falls as much as 2.3% to MYR6.03 amid concerns over its proposed First Light Resort & Casino which facing legal dispute; shares now...

7/20/2017

article Federal Bills Could Help Mashpee Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- A subcommittee of the US Congress could help the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in its efforts to solidify land previously granted in trust in Mashpee and...
article Mashpee Wampanoag casino: 10 years, $400M and counting
(Massachusetts) -- Just over 10 years ago, Middleboro became embroiled in controversy when the Mashpee Wampanoag purchased land with the intention to build an Indian...
article The Mashpee Wampanoag could seek a state casino license
(Massachusetts) -- For years, the Mashpee Wampanoag have pursued a tribal casino in Taunton through a frustrating, Byzantine federal process, only to see their long-held...

7/17/2017

article Our View: Tribe should not be denied land in trust
(Massachusetts) -- The Department of the Interior has suggested a path for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to work toward developing a casino on land in East Taunton across...

7/15/2017

article A new look at Mashpee tribe’s status
(Massachusetts) -- As the federal government considers a route for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to retain its sovereign land while sidestepping a landmark 2009 U.S....

7/11/2017

article Genting Malaysia reveals bill for Massachusetts tribe has topped $347 million
(Massachusetts) -- After subscribing to promissory notes issued by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe last year for the purposes of helping the tribe to fund its planned First...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reportedly owes $347 million to casino firm
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is eager to restart work on its casino in Massachusetts and so is a key partner. That's because Genting Malaysia is...

7/10/2017

article Genting’s US Casino Delayed by Legal Tussle Over Tribal Land
(Massachusetts) -- The legal battle over an upcoming resort and casino in Massachusetts, United States that will be managed by Genting Malaysia is likely to drag on for...
article U.S.​ ​Interior​ ​Department​ ​Letter​ ​Renews​ ​Hope​ ​For​ ​Mashpee​ ​Wampanoag​ ​Casino [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- A letter issued to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from the U.S. Department of the Interior has surprised tribal authorities in their pursuit to build and...

7/8/2017

article Federal Agency Would Have Rejected Wampanoag Remand
(Massachusetts) -- While much of Mashpee was waiting on a ruling on June 25 regarding the US Department of the Interior’s ruling on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...
article Genting Malaysia works with US tribe to recover RM1.49 billion notes
(Malaysia) -- Genting Malaysia Bhd (GENM), which had subscribed to the promissory notes issued by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in the US last year for a gaming resort...

7/7/2017

article DOI sets new timelines for legal case over tribal land
(Massachusetts) -- The legal wrangle over Genting Malaysia Bhd’s proposed resort and casino sited on tribal land in the US is expected to be a prolonged one as the...

7/5/2017

article Interior Department wants one more go at Mashpee Wampanoag land ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The key counsel for two dozen plaintiffs who have managed to block construction of a resort casino in East Taunton says an email sent Friday by the U....

7/4/2017

article US Interior Department Opens New Path For Mashpee Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- A letter issued to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal authorities from the US Department of the Interior late last week brings a surprising change in the tribe'...
article Police chief: Tribal chairman asked to leave powwow after ‘altercation’
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell, a security guard and a third man were asked by tribal elders and the tribe’s police...

7/2/2017

article Interior Department wants one more go at Mashpee Wampanoag land ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The key counsel for two dozen plaintiffs who have managed to block construction of a resort casino in East Taunton says an email sent Friday by the U....
article Interior letter renews hope for Mashpee tribe’s plans
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of Interior has declined a request by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to suspend a review of whether it qualifies for land into trust...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s casino hopes rekindled
(Massachusetts) -- As members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe celebrate their culture this weekend at the 96th annual powwow with food, dancing and music, the shifting...

7/1/2017

article Department of Interior to Examine Alternate Land Into Trust Analysis for Wampanoag; Casino Hopes Still Alive
(Massachusetts) -- A move by the Department of the Interior to reject the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s request to revise its land into trust application may actually...

6/30/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag’s Massachusetts Casino Ambitions Dealt ‘Mortal Blow’
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s controversial quest to build a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts hit a major snag this week as the tribe abandoned...
article Mashpee Wampanoag’s Taunton casino project faces further setback
(Massachusetts) -- In a statement issued by representatives of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Tuesday, the tribe announced that its revised application for taking land...

6/29/2017

article Tribe Suspends Bid for Federal Designation on Casino Land
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts tribe has suspended its efforts to get the federal government to designate 321 acres as sovereign tribal land. The Mashpee Wampanoag...

6/28/2017

article Mashpee tribe suspends request for land review
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has suspended its request for the federal government to review whether it qualifies for reservation land and will resume...
article Mashpee Wampanoag’s Taunton casino project hits fresh snag
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Massachusetts casino project has been thrown into doubt after the tribe withdrew its request for federal...
article Proposed Taunton casino facing another roadblock
(Massachusetts) -- Progress on the highly contested “First Light Resort and Casino” has come to an unexpected halt. Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...
article Tribe Suspends Remand Process
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has suspended its efforts to work with the federal government in a remand for legal proceeding in a US district court; it...

6/27/2017

article Decision Expected Today on Tribe’s Land-Into-Trust Designation
(Massachusetts) -- The Interior Department is expected to issue a ruling Tuesday on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land-into-trust qualifications, a critical step...
article In potential blow to Taunton casino hopes, tribe suspends quest for alternative route to land in trust
(Massachusetts) -- Last year, a group of anti-Indian East Taunton residents filed a lawsuit challenging the Interior Department’s authority to hold Land-in-Trust...
article In potential blow to Taunton casino hopes, tribe suspends quest for alternative route to land in trust
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has at least temporarily given up any effort seeking a favorable ruling from the federal government that would determine...
article Mashpee Tribe Withdraws Revised Land Into Trust Application; Will Pursue Legal Relief Instead
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has withdrawn its revised application for taking land into federal trust in Mashpee and Taunton, in what appears to be...
article Malloy Signs Bill Creating East Windsor Casino, Opponents Promise Court Fight
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Tuesday signed controversial legislation that will allow the tribal operators of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun to open the state's...

6/24/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Awaits Federal Decision on Casino Land
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts tribe is anticipating a decision from the federal government on 321 acres it wants designated as sovereign tribal land. The Interior...
article The 96th Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow “Honoring Our Traditions”
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s 96th Annual Powwow will begin this year on July 1st. The theme for this year’s three-day (July 1-3) annual...

6/22/2017

article BCC gets approval for casino training program
(Massachusetts) -- Bristol Community College has won approval from the state gaming commission for courses training students to be casino workers.

6/21/2017

article Department of Interior Delays Land Into Trust Decision
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will wait another week before the Department of the Interior issues a land into trust decision. The department was...
article New Deadline Set In Tribal Remand
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government has set a new timeline of Tuesday, June 27, for a decision on the remand process in the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's legal...

6/20/2017

article Interior Department delays decision on Wampanoag land
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to take up to another week to issue its decision on whether the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe qualifies for...
article Mashpee tribe’s land in trust decision- including Taunton casino site - delayed
(Massachusetts) -- No one should jump to conclusions about the delay Monday by the U.S. Department of Interior in a decision regarding the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’...

6/19/2017

article Mashpee tribe’s land in trust decision delayed
(Massachusetts) -- A decision from the Bureau of Indian Affairs on whether the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe qualifies for reservation lands was not released Monday as...

6/8/2017

article BCC hosts info session on MGM Resorts casino
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International is looking for more than a few good men and women to work in its Springfield casino and resort complex when it opens in the...

6/6/2017

article Mashpee Selectmen Support Tribe's Land Status
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Board of Selectmen reinforced its support on Monday, June 5, for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in its request for land in trust from the...

5/25/2017

article Genting could lose millions in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- A court case could force Genting Malaysia to lose US$274 million if it doesn’t come out as a winner. The company invested in the First Light...

5/24/2017

article Tribe’s vice chairwoman honored at Yale
(Connecticut) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Vice Chairwoman Jessie “Little Doe” Baird was presented with an honorary degree from Yale University on...

5/23/2017

article Genting Malaysia may lose $274M on Mass. casino bet
(Massachusetts) -- Genting Malaysia BhD stands to lose US$274 million should the US Department of Interior (DOI) thumbs down the construction of its Massachusetts casino...
article Yale Recognizes Mashpee's Jessie Baird
(Massachusetts) -- Yale University recognized Jessie "Little Doe" C. Baird for her commitment to indigenous people and her successes in the revitalization of...

5/21/2017

article Genting risks RM1bil write-off
(Malaysia) -- Genting Malaysia Bhd (GenM) may have to write off an investment of US$274mil (RM1.18bil) should the US Department of Interior (DOI) effectively decide that...

5/19/2017

article Woman who laundered drug money worked for Mashpee tribe
(Massachusetts) -- A Mashpee woman who pleaded guilty this week to conspiring to launder drug money worked for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe while she was under indictment...

5/18/2017

article Provincetown Museum confronts real Wampanoag history
(Massachusetts) -- History is amiss at the Provincetown Museum and Executive Director K. David Weidner is doing something about it. He invited to town a Wampanoag...

5/17/2017

article Federal judge stays Mashpee tribe’s appeal of land-into-trust ruling
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has granted the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s request for a stay in its appeal of a lower court ruling that rejected the way the...

5/16/2017

article Judge Grants Mashpee Tribe's Stay Request
(Massachusetts) -- An appellant judge in the US Court of Appeals, First District, granted a request from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to halt its ongoing appeal of a...
article Objects returned to Native American leader Massasoit’s burial site in Warren
(Rhode Island) -- The year after the Mayflower colonists landed, they signed a treaty with Massasoit Ousameequin, leader of the Wampanoag people, ushering in 54 years of...

5/10/2017

article Taunton official criticizes comment by leader of Mashpee tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Taunton City Council on Tuesday declined to issue an official rebuke of claims made by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council chairman that city...

5/9/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits casino ruling from Trump team
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is hoping to restart construction on its long-awaited casino in Massachusetts. To do that, the tribe needs to know whether...
article Taunton council votes down motion to take official stand against casino racism claims
(Massachusetts) -- A motion by a Taunton city councilor — asking for official repudiation of charges of racism against a group of plaintiffs challenging the...

5/8/2017

article Bureau of Indian Affairs may soon decide casino hopes of Mass. tribe
(Massachusetts) -- A decision in June by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington may soon decide the casino hopes of The Mashpee Wampanoag Indians of Massachusetts,...

5/7/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag casino plan stuck in legal limbo
(Massachusetts) -- One year ago, the Mashpee Wampanoag seemed on a fast track to open the state’s first resort casino, a $1 billion project that would proclaim its...

5/4/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag say fight over land about more than proposed casino
(Massachusetts) -- After the federal government last week declined to appeal a court decision striking down the way the Interior Department took land into trust for the...

5/3/2017

article Updated land-into-trust decision for Massachusetts casino expected in June
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, the plan from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to construct its First Light Casino And Resort near the city of Taunton could reportedly...

5/1/2017

article Justice Department Dismisses Tribal Appeal
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government late last week filed to withdraw from an appeal involving the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and its bid for land in trust. The...
article Mashpee Tribe Hopes to Restart Casino Construction This Summer
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will get an update on their land status next month as they hope to restart construction on their $1 billion resort casino...

4/30/2017

article Feds drop appeal in casino case, may still take land in trust on other grounds
(Massachusetts) -- The Department of Justice dropped its appeal in the Taunton tribal casino case on Thursday. But that doesn’t mean the federal government is...
article State and Martha’s Vineyard want to see change in recent appeals court decision involving Wampanoag Tribe casino efforts
(Massachusetts) -- Just a few weeks ago, an appeals court ruled in favor of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head in their efforts to create a casino in Martha’...

4/28/2017

article Feds drop appeal in Taunton casino case, may still take land in trust on other grounds
(Massachusetts) -- The Department of Justice dropped its appeal in the Taunton tribal casino case on Thursday. But that doesn’t mean the federal government is...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Work Towards Decision on Land Status
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced today that it hopes to fully remobilize construction crews in Taunton, Massachusetts this summer for its $1...
article Massachusetts tribe hopes to resume building casino
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts tribe says it hopes to resume construction on a $1 billion casino in Taunton this summer. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe said Friday it...

4/27/2017

article Tribe Requests Stay Of Litigation
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wamponoag tribal attorneys applied to an appellate court judge on Monday, April 24, to delay ongoing litigation surrounding the tribe’s...

4/26/2017

article Becoming a Warrior - Tribal Council Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Cedric Cromwell
(Massachusetts) -- Hi tribal name is Running Bear and he is the Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts, making him the head of the elected government...

4/18/2017

article Native Indian Wampanoag Tribe Reclaims Burial Site: Massasoit, Wampanoag Chief, To Be Reburied
(Massachusetts) -- If Wampanoag doesn't strike a chord, this is because it is the name of an erstwhile North American tribe. Its members were the original settlers...

4/14/2017

article Habitat Prepares To Dedicate Mashpee Home
(Massachusetts) -- Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod has announced the dedication date for the new home of Latoya Green at 108 Orchard Road. The ceremony, which is open...

4/7/2017

article Washington Lawsuit Offers Hope For Mashpee Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- A recent decision by the US Supreme Court not to hear an appeal regarding land in trust for a Native American tribe in Washington State offers hope to...

4/5/2017

article City Council approves request for memorandum extension with Mashpee Wampanoag
(Massachusetts) -- The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to extend a “memorandum of understanding” to provide police, fire and medical services to...

4/4/2017

article Supreme Court Decision Could Boost Mashpee Tribe’s Casino Position
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe says a court decision involving a Washington State tribe is a positive development for their plans to build a resort...
article Tribe: U.S. Supreme Court decision raises hopes for casino in Taunton
(Massachusetts) -- In a potentially major boost to supporters of a tribal casino in Taunton, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling affirming...

4/3/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe praises development in casino dispute
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe remains confident that its long-delayed casino will overcome a legal challenge, especially since the nation's highest...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Applauds Decision in Cowlitz Case
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is applauding a major victory for the Cowlitz tribe today over Indian casino opponents in Washington State.

3/31/2017

article Second tribe member joins Cape Cod Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday appointed Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe facilities director Michael Maxim to the Cape Cod Commission.

3/25/2017

article How to revive Massachusetts’ first language
(Massachusetts) -- In a classroom in the basement of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal resources center, a dozen or so toddlers are speaking a language that until a few...

3/24/2017

article Work to resume at Wampanoag casino site
(Massachusetts) -- Erosion-control work is set to resume next week on the 170-acre parcel where the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe plans to build its First Light Resort &...
article Mashpee Seeks Herring Counters
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Conservation Department, in conjunction with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, will conduct a volunteer herring count program for the...
press release Work Resumes At First Light Resort & Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Crews are resuming site maintenance work for the First Light Resort & Casino months after a temporary halt to the project. The work will...

3/17/2017

article Trump administration given more time for appeal in tribal gaming case
(Massachusetts) -- The new Trump administration has been given more time to consider an appeal in a closely-watched tribal gaming case. Last summer, a federal judge...

3/16/2017

article Judge Delays Opening Of Appeal On Tribal Land In Trust
(Massachusetts) -- A judge with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit agreed to push back the beginning stages of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s appeal in a...

3/15/2017

article Fight over Mashpee tribe’s land, casino continues in Trump era
(Massachusetts) -- The Justice Department has not yet decided whether to appeal a judge's rejection of the way the government took land into trust for the Mashpee...

3/13/2017

article BCC casino program moves ahead even as region’s gaming plan stall
(Massachusetts) -- Bristol Community College's casino lab in Taunton is in full swing even if the Taunton casino itself has hit a wall. BCC is offering a series of...

3/12/2017

article BCC casino program moves ahead even as region’s gaming plan stall
(Massachusetts) -- Bristol Community College's casino lab in Taunton is in full swing even if the Taunton casino itself has hit a wall. BCC is offering a series of...

3/2/2017

article Tribal Forum Offers Hope For Addiction Treatment
(Massachusetts) -- The gymnasium at the Mashpee Wampanoag Government Center off Great Neck South Road was almost completely full Tuesday night, February 28, for the...

3/1/2017

article Wampanoag Tribe takes aggressive stance against opioid addiction
(Massachusetts) -- Like in so many communities on Cape Cod and across the country, the opioid addiction crisis has gripped the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. "It...

2/26/2017

article Mashpee Tribal Chairman issues condolences in death of 14-month-old killed in accident
(Massachusetts) -- The chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe issued a statement Saturday expressing condolences in the death of a 14-month old boy who died after being...
article Mashpee, tribe grieve for tot killed by truck
(Massachusetts) -- The tragic death of a 14-month-old boy who was hit and killed by a pickup truck outside his Mashpee home Friday has residents of the small Cape Cod...

2/24/2017

article Wynn And MGM Casinos Move Forward While Tribal Project Remains In Limbo In Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- After several years of planning, voter referendums, regulatory approvals, setbacks, and the inevitable red tape, Massachusetts’ two commercial...
article BCC still game when it comes to casino lab in Taunton despite stalled casino
(Massachusetts) -- Bristol Community College's casino lab in Taunton is in full swing even if the Taunton casino itself has hit a wall. BCC is offering a series of...

2/22/2017

article Next Steps for Wampanoag Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Could a casino on Wampanoag Tribal lands be part of making America great again? Sue's guest is Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell.

2/17/2017

article Massasoit hosts exhibit on Wampanoag history
(Massachusetts) -- Plymouth 400 recently partnered with Massasoit Community College to bring its traveling Native American exhibit, “‘Our’ Story: 400...

2/16/2017

article Taunton police, fire say unified 911 call center at least year away
(Massachusetts) -- Police and fire officials told the City Council on Tuesday night that they're working toward the goal of establishing a unified, police and fire...

2/13/2017

article Cromwell, Baird Re-Elected by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been re-elected to a third term as the tribe works to build a resort casino in Taunton. Cedric...

2/12/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Election Results
(Massachusetts) -- Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Vice-Chairwoman Jessie “Little Doe” Baird were re-elected today by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
article Mr. Cromwell, Ms. Baird Reelected To Top Tribal Seats
(Massachusetts) -- Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Vice Chairwoman Jessie “Little Doe” Baird were re-elected Sunday, February 12 by the Mashpee...

2/10/2017

article Wampanoag Election Could Reshape Leadership
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council election will be held this weekend in what could be an election that completely reshapes the tribe’s lead...
article Aaron R. Tobey Jr.
(Massachusetts) -- Why are you running? I am running for tribal chairman because Our Tribe needs help. Today, we are challenged with massive debt, gross financial...

2/8/2017

article Campaigns for chairman top Wampanoag Tribe ballot
(Massachusetts) -- As plans for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino remain on hold, candidates go head to head in the tribal elections this weekend.

2/3/2017

article Tribal council candidates seek more economic opportunities
(Massachusetts) -- With the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's $600 million casino plans stalled by a lawsuit, several candidates for Tribal Council say the decision-making...
article Tribe Ups Battle Against Opiates
(Massachusetts) -- Through a combination of federal and local funds, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has increased its efforts to combat the opiate crisis.

2/2/2017

article Tribe election pits chairman against former supporter
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell is facing a challenge from his former right-hand man, Aaron Tobey Jr., a one-time top casino...

1/25/2017

article Tribe, Town Of Mashpee Sign Mutual Aid Agreement
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Board of Selectmen on Monday, January 23, signed a mutual aid agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council which sets forward a...

1/24/2017

article Town, tribe agreement in place for one year
(Massachusetts) -- Selectmen approved the public safety mutual aid agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Monday night after questions surrounding the legal...

1/18/2017

article Tribal Council Election Field Takes Shape
(Connecticut) -- All five open seats on the ballot for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Election, held February 12, will be contested.

1/14/2017

article Mashpee tribe gets government web address
(Massachusetts) -- A year after its reservation land was recorded in the Federal Register, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has secured another sovereign credential in the...

1/11/2017

article Tribe and Mashpee officials grapple with communication breakdown
(Massachusetts) -- The agreement outlining how the town and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe provide police and fire services on tribal land expired Wednesday after a...

1/7/2017

article Native Conservancy Signs Land Access Agreement
(Massachusetts) -- The Native Land Conservancy continues to progress in its efforts to preserve indigenous people’s connections to the land, inking an agreement...
article School Moves To Tribal Grounds
(Massachusetts) -- The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project’s language immersion school has moved from the Montessori Academy of Cape Cod in North Falmouth to...

1/6/2017

article Taunton City Council discusses ragged section of Stevens Street
(Massachusetts) -- One day after Mayor Thomas Jr. used the word "deplorable" to describe a half-mile stretch of Stevens Street, a two-man work crew was...

1/3/2017

article Tribe treasurer faces OUI charge
(Massachusetts) -- The treasurer of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Falmouth District Court to drunken driving after he was arrested on New...

1/2/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe enters new year with casino in limbo
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was hoping to debut its casino in Massachusetts this summer but a lawsuit has put the $1 billion project on hold.

1/1/2017

article The winding road to a Wampanoag casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe rang in 2016 with jubilation as the government officially recorded the tribe's reservation land in the Federal...
article New Moon Program celebrates diversity in New Bedford
(Massachusetts) -- All the stars aligned on Nov. 28 as 74 women gathered for the first Multi-Cultural New Moon Program at the Buttonwood Park's Warming House.

12/31/2016

article What is it like to live in Taunton?
(Massachusetts) -- There’s no doubt William Hanna knows his Taunton history — it’s practically in his blood. Hanna’s family came to the city in...

12/30/2016

article Cape Cod Year in Review: 2016 [4th Item]
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Setbacks: The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe broke ground on a billion dollar casino in Taunton in early spring, intially paving the...

12/29/2016

article This lost Native language of Massachusetts is waking up again
(Massachusetts) -- Wampanoag is a Native language of Massachusetts and, like many Native American languages, it's fighting to survive. The Wampanoag nation of...

12/24/2016

article Cromwell: Trump, Standing Rock & Gaming
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government debated for more than three decades whether to acknowledge an American Indian tribe that had lived in what is now southeastern...

12/20/2016

article Native Americans regain access to land used by Wampanoag tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Native Americans have regained access to a 250-acre plot of land in Dennis that the Wampanoag tribe once used. On Monday, the Dennis Conservation...
article Pact gives Native Americans access to Dennis conservation land
(Massachusetts) -- Native Americans will once again be free to gather, celebrate and hold spiritual ceremonies on 250 acres of Dennis conservation land following the...

12/16/2016

article Tribe Files Notice To Appeal
(Massachusetts) -- Officials with the US Department of Justice and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced recently that they will bring their lawsuit to a higher court....

12/13/2016

article Notice of appeal in casino lawsuit filed by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- A decision that threatens plans for the $1 billion First Light Casino & Resort in Taunton is being challenged by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and...

12/12/2016

article Trump could be blow to Taunton casino
(Massachusetts) -- What impact will the election of Donald Trump have on whether the First Light casino in Taunton will see the light of day? "That's the...

12/10/2016

article Inmates help Mashpee Tribe with shellfish project
(Massachusetts) -- Ernie Virgilio, left, and Joe Brait go over plans for a new shellfish incubator at the Mashpee Wampanoag’s Natural Resource Department facility...

12/9/2016

article Legal battle over tribal casino in Taunton bumped up to appeals court
(Massachusetts) -- The dispute over the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s legal authority to open a $1 billion casino in Taunton moved to the federal appellate level...
article Mashpee Tribe Files Notice to Appeal Court Ruling in Effort to Restart Casino Plan
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the U.S. Department of Justice have filed a notice to appeal a federal district court ruling in an effort to get the...
article Mashpee tribe signals notice to appeal judge's ruling
(Massachusetts) -- Federal officials have formally signaled their intent to appeal a judge's ruling that had put the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's plans to develop a...
article Tribe and feds challenge court decision over Taunton casino lands
(Massachusetts) -- Federal and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe officials have formally signaled their intent to appeal a judge's ruling that had put the tribe's plans to...

11/25/2016

article Massachusetts exhibit tells Wampanoag tribe's story
(Massachusetts) -- With Plymouth’s 400th anniversary highly anticipated, the Wampanoag community is telling its version of what occurred during that pivotal time...

11/21/2016

article Hendricks highlights history, culture of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- By focusing on his Wampanoag history and culture, Marcus Hendricks has snagged a spot of national and international attention.

11/19/2016

article Wampanoag tribal elections on Sunday
(Massachusetts) -- On Sunday, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will hold elections for a new tribal chairman. The winner will replace Tobias Vanderhoop, who...

11/14/2016

article Using dental hygiene to prevent oral disease in Wampanoag Native Americans
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’s summer resorts in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard offer miles of sand and sea, and thye are not among the areas of the...

11/11/2016

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino faces unknowns with Donald Trump in office
(Massachusetts) -- The presidential election is over but now come the big questions, like what will Indian gaming be like with Republican Donald Trump in office? When he...
article BOOK: Mashpee Nine: A Story of Cultural Justice
(Massachusetts) -- This iconic story of American Indian integrity and resistance has roots that go back far beyond the resurgence of tribal pride and cultural...

11/10/2016

article Trump win may be bad news for Mashpee Wampanoag
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s prospects of finally opening a $1 billion casino in Taunton took a big hit on Tuesday when Donald J. Trump...

10/24/2016

article With tribe's legal woes, will the Brockton casino plan get another shot?
(Massachusetts) -- The owner of the Brockton Fairgrounds and his business partner are still holding out hope that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will give the City...

10/21/2016

article The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Revised Game Plan
(Massachusetts) -- Tribal gaming may have endured a setback, but perhaps not a complete elimination in the Massachusetts gaming arena. When a U.S. District Court judge...

10/17/2016

article Federal judge declines to reconsider Massachusetts casino ruling
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, a federal judge has declined to reconsider his summer verdict in the case of Littlefield v Department Of The Interior despite a...
article Mass. Tribe Sees 'Path Forward' For Casino With New Ruling [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts federal judge has given the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino plans "a legal path forward," in the words of the tribe...

10/14/2016

article Ruling suggests Interior Department define Indian differently.
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has clarified an August decision that essentially put the Mashpee Wampanoag’s plans to develop a Taunton casino on hold,...
article Taunton Casino Appeal Denial Considered a Win by Mashpee Wampanoag
(Massachusetts) -- The Taunton casino being pushed by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in Massachusetts was denied a rehearing this week by the same district judge who...

10/13/2016

article Judge narrows his Taunton casino ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe says a decision Thursday by a federal judge, that at first glance would appear to run counter to the tribe’s quest...
article Stalled Taunton casino plan leaves gaming panel frustrated
(Massachusetts) -- With a planned tribal casino in Taunton stalled in a legal battle, members of the state Gaming Commission voiced frustration Thursday that the promise...

10/12/2016

article Mashpee Casino Sparked Obama Administration Infighting
(Massachusetts) -- President Obama’s former head of Indian gaming said he almost resigned because of the intense pressure he faced to approve a tribal gaming...

10/9/2016

article Taunton landlord won't budge under pressure to evict methadone clinic
(Massachusetts) -- Carlos Melo isn’t backing down. “They basically want to strong-arm me to get rid of the methadone clinic, and it’s not gonna happen...

10/1/2016

article Massachusetts tribe wins right to join casino land dispute case
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, the federally-recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has won the right to be included in certain future court proceedings relating to a...

9/30/2016

article Judge Allows Tribe To Intervene In Federal Lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge granted the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe the right to intervene in a lawsuit that threatens its land in trust in Mashpee and Taunton and...
article Mashpee tribe given voice in Taunton land trust suit
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has ruled that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has the right to participate in certain future court proceedings related to the lawsuit...

9/29/2016

article In casino deal, feds felt the heat from Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Governor Deval Patrick in 2012 let it be known in no uncertain terms how important it was that the federal government quickly approve a deal for the...
article Mashpee Casino Sparked Obama Administration Infighting [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- President Obama’s former head of Indian gaming said he almost resigned because of the intense pressure he faced to approve a tribal gaming...

9/28/2016

article Mashpee tribe given voice in Taunton land trust suit
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has ruled that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has the right to participate in certain future court proceedings related to the lawsuit...
article Mashpee Tribe Wins Approval To Join Lawsuit Threatening Casino Project
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has issued a ruling allowing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to join the legal proceedings that could threaten the construction of their...

9/27/2016

article Tribe Joins Mass. Residents' Trust Land Fight Over Casino [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received permission on Friday to step into a lawsuit in which a federal judge recently ruled in favor of a group of...

9/26/2016

article Freetown contractor who helped build Galleria mall marks 60 years in business
(Massachusetts) -- You have to be able to roll with the punches to stay in business as an independent contractor for 60 years. Kenneth “Ken” R. Rezendes is...

9/24/2016

article Tribe Receives Self-Governance Grant
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe recently received a federal grant that will provide guidance as it progresses toward its goal of self-governance.

9/14/2016

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission may revisit Brockton casino bid
(Massachusetts) -- As the First Light Resort And Casino scheme from the federally-recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe languishes through the courts, the Massachusetts...

9/12/2016

article With the Mashpee casino in legal tangle, uncertainty reigns
(Massachusetts) -- In Everett and Springfield, resort casinos are beginning to take shape, testaments in concrete and steel to the state’s extended effort to build...

9/7/2016

article New Documentary Chronicles '70s Police Raid on Unarmed Wampanoag Tribal Members
(Massachusetts) -- In 1976, nine members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe were arrested after police raided a gathering of tribal members participating in an evening...

9/6/2016

article Tribe Says Its Bid To Join Trust Land Fight Isn't A Ploy [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Thursday blasted a group of Massachusetts residents’ contention that it made a calculated move by waiting to ask...

9/4/2016

article Opponents, Tribe Spar With Motions, Counter-Arguments In Case
(Massachusetts) -- Plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit challenging the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land in trust asked the court this week to keep the tribe out of...

9/2/2016

article Second ruling gives Mashpee new hope
(Massachusetts) -- When a federal judge in late July stripped the Mashpee Wampanoag of its sovereign reservation, ruling that the US government had mistakenly approved...

8/30/2016

article Neighbors object to Mashpee tribe's attempt to join lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- Neighbors opposed to an East Taunton casino are objecting to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s attempt to join a related lawsuit as defendants. In...

8/27/2016

article Stevens Street water pipe work coming to an end
(Massachusetts) -- With water-filled potholes and pieces of construction debris scattered about, the stretch of Stevens Street running from Pinehill Street to the...

8/26/2016

article A Chance To Set History Right - Editorial
(Massachusetts) -- Forty years ago this month, leaders in the newly formed Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council filed a lawsuit in federal land court. Recent events have...
article Mashpee Wampanoag casino case may be reconsidered
(Massachusetts) -- A decision by Judge William Young of the United States District Court in regards to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and their would-be casino in the...
article US Backs Land In Trust
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s bid for land in trust and a casino in Taunton took another turn this week. On Wednesday, August 24, the US Justice...

8/25/2016

article Judge asked to rethink plan for Genting-run U.S. casino
(Massachusetts) -- A proposed tribal casino in the United States – a venue that was due to be run by Asian gaming firm Genting Malaysia Bhd – should get...
press release Tribes Applauds Justice Department Motion On Mashpee Land In Trust Decision
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal leaders are applauding today’s decision by the U.S. Justice Department’s to push for reconsideration of a...
article U.S. Department of the Interior fires back in Taunton casino land case
(Massachusetts) -- Last month, a district court judge told the U.S. Department of the Interior it overstepped its authority when it took land into trust for the Mashpee...
article U.S. Justice Department Files Motion to Reconsider in Wampanoag Case
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Justice Department has filed a motion to reconsider a ruling by a U.S. District Court that has put the brakes on the Mashpee Wampanoag Casino...

8/24/2016

article Justice Department Files For Reconsideration Of Land In Trust Ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The US Justice Department on Wednesday, August 24, pushed for reconsideration of a federal judge’s recent decision that threatened to take away...

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