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Mashpee tribal council candidates cite need for change

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe members will go to the polls Sunday to decide on six tribal council seats that are up for grabs at a critical time.

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2/20/2019

article Federal agency denies Wampanoag tribe’s allegations
(Massachusetts) -- The Department of the Interior has responded to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s lawsuit challenging its Sept. 7 decision, denying allegations that...
article Tribal Opponents Push To Remove Land In Trust
(Massachusetts) -- The attorney, representing a number of East Taunton residents opposing a Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino, filed to intervene in a legal fight slowly...
article Mashpee Wampanoag deliver on latest PILOT payment
(Massachusetts) -- It’s unclear whether a casino will ever be built in East Taunton. But as long as the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has land in trust in Taunton it...

2/19/2019

article Casino opponents want say in Mashpee tribe’s lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- Taunton residents who successfully sued the Interior Department over whether the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe qualified for trust-protected reservation...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces new obstacle in bid to protect homelands
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is facing a familiar foe as it seeks to prevent its reservation from being taken out of trust by the Trump administration.

2/18/2019

article Casino opponents want say in Mashpee tribe’s lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- Taunton residents who successfully sued the Interior Department over whether the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe qualified for trust-protected reservation...

2/16/2019

article Taunton plaintiffs in tribal casino case request change of venue
(Massachusetts) -- Michele Littlefield said the latest move by her lawyers to ensure that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe does not retain reservation land in Taunton and...

2/15/2019

article Three Incumbents, Three Newcomers Elected To Mashpee Tribal Council
(Massachusetts) -- The results of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council election came in Sunday night. The three incumbents—Carleton Hendricks Jr., Winnie Johnson-Graham...

2/13/2019

article Mashpee Legal Fees Increase With Tribal Bill Lobbyist
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee's legal fees are expected to jump about 25 percent, given that the town has hired a lobbyist in Washington, DC, to help pass a...
article Warren hit with ‘Fauxcahontas’ ads in New Hampshire
(New Hampshire) -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s bid to make peace with her history of claiming Native American heritage has run into a big hurdle in New Hampshire where...

2/10/2019

article Wampanoag Tribe election winners include Cromwell critics
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s annual election Sunday saw three tribal council seats change hands, including a return to power of Aaron Tobey Jr...

2/8/2019

article Audit Details Accounting Problems At Mashpee Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- A recently filed audit of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has pointed to a number of deficiencies in reporting, accounting and general bookkeeping of...
article Mashpee tribal council candidates cite need for change
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe members will go to the polls Sunday to decide on six tribal council seats that are up for grabs at a critical time.
press release Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Rescinds No-Confidence Vote; Reinstates Chairman's Financial Duties
(Massachusetts) -- After further discussion and deliberation, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council moved to rescind its recent vote of “no-confidence” in...
article Wampanoag Tribal Council Rescinds Cromwell ‘No Confidence’ Vote
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council has rescinded its recent vote of no-confidence in Chairman Cedric Cromwell. The council also voted to reinstate...
article Liz Warren’s Other “American Indian” Problem
(Massachusetts) -- The discovery of a document with Sen. Elizabeth Warren declaring her race is “American Indian” in her own hand has re-opened the...
article Tribal Citizens Head To Polls Sunday
(Massachusetts) -- Election day for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council is on Sunday. Nine tribal citizens will appear on the ballot, three of whom are incumbents,...

2/7/2019

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council reinstates Cromwell’s financial powers
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council has moved to restore Chairman Cedric Cromwell’s financial powers, three weeks after it decided unanimously...

2/6/2019

article Interior Department given more time to respond to Wampanoag suit
(Massachusetts) -- After denying a previous request, a federal judge has given the U.S. Department of the Interior additional time to respond to a lawsuit filed in...
article Mashpee Tribal Election Set For Sunday
(Massachusetts) -- Election day for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council is on Sunday, February 10. Nine tribal citizens will appear on the ballot; three of them are...
article OP/ED: Don’t judge whole tribe by the actions of a few
(Massachusetts) -- I know the community has this idea of who the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is, because of what people read in the paper. But that is individuals, not all...

2/2/2019

article Bumpkin’s Corner: Tribe’s hard times may affect Middleboro land
(Massachusetts) -- People get involved in town government of a variety of reasons. For me it was something that happened in May 2007 when the town got entangled with the...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s past accounting practices faulted
(Massachusetts) -- As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe struggles to secure its reservation lands and save an embattled casino project already saddled with a mountain of debt...

1/28/2019

article A Wampanoag Life Shaped by Injustice and Blessings and a Voice that Gives Thanks for Them Both
(Massachusetts) -- Earl Mills, Jr., is a Wampanoag tribal member and singer in Mashpee. In 1976, rising tensions between law enforcement and native people in that town...

1/26/2019

article With Casino Dream in Tatters, Tribal Council Votes No Confidence in Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribal council has delivered a unanimous vote of no confidence in tribal chairman, Cedric Cromwell. Cromwell has also been...

1/25/2019

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said to rebuke chairman as financial situation worsens
(Massachusetts) -- Things are not looking good for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, whose homelands are in danger of being taken out of trust by the Trump administration.
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Postpones Third Resort Casino Verdict
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) says it won’t decide on whether to approve a third integrated casino resort in the southeastern part...

1/24/2019

article Documents show Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in dire financial situation
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is running out of money. Expenditures from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of 2018 left the tribe with $83,670 in its general fund,...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council strips chairman Cedric Cromwell of financial control
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council chairman is no longer in charge of the tribe’s finances. On Wednesday, the Council voted 7-0 to strip...
article Tribal Council Votes No Confidence In Chairman
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council has voted “no confidence” in its chairman, Cedric Cromwell, according to an anonymous source who was...

1/17/2019

article Effects of shutdown now apparent to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The ongoing partial government shutdown has now begun to affect a host of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe operations, including disrupting housing programs,...
article Wampanoag Tribe Dramatically Impacted by Government Shutdown
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe says the extended partial federal government shutdown is dramatically impacting its ability to operate.

1/16/2019

article Tribal Candidates Announced
(Massachusetts) -- Nine candidates are running for six seats on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council for the upcoming February election. Three incumbents—Carleton...

1/14/2019

article Trump Administration Decision Puts Tribal School In Limbo
(Massachusetts) -- As legal wrangling continues over the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's reservation land, tribal leaders voice concerns that a major point of pride, its...

1/13/2019

article Democrats opposed bill to protect homelands of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- Two Democrats opposed legislation to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe because they feared it would help an Indian nation in...
article Mashpee tribe’s leader, wife, owe $37K in unpaid taxes
(Massachusetts) -- The leader of the Cape Cod tribe battling the federal government to secure his people’s reservation and save a beleaguered casino project owes,...

1/10/2019

article Rhode Island Senate Democrats threatened to block Sen. Warren's push for Indian casino
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren to pave the way for an American Indian casino died last year in the Senate, and two of her fellow New...

1/9/2019

article Tribal Education Department Planning Childcare Center On Meetinghouse Road
(Massachusetts) -- A daycare center for the youngest members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is envisioned as part of a tribal-housing development planned for...

1/8/2019

article Legislation Supporting Wampanoag Land in Trust Re-Filed in D.C.
(Massachusetts) -- Legislation that would re-establish the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation lands in Mashpee and Taunton is back before lawmakers. Congressmen...
article Mashpee tribe’s casino land bill re-introduced in Congress
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag tribal leaders are hoping the new Congress will take a fresh look at legislation aimed at keeping the tribe’s land in trust...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Still A Pipe Dream, But New Bill in Congress Could Rescue Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Taunton residents who don’t want a 900-room hotel casino near their homes would be overridden if Congress passes a bill ending their legal...

1/7/2019

article Congress Reintroduces House Tribal Bill
(Massachusetts) -- The Congressional legislation that could protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's reservation was introduced to the House of Representatives in its...

1/2/2019

article Judge denies government request for stay in Cape tribe’s lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge denied the U.S. Department of the Interior’s motion to suspend proceedings in a lawsuit brought in September by the Mashpee...

12/31/2018

article Mashpee Preservation Committee Seeks Legal Review Of Pending Proposals
(Massachusetts) -- While the Mashpee Community Preservation Committee has voted through the majority of submitted grant requests for May Town Meeting, the committee...

12/30/2018

article A year of setbacks for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Despite a promising start, 2018 was not a particularly good year for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Faced with a federal court ruling against its...

12/29/2018

article YEAR IN REVIEW: A major blow to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, casino plans
(Massachusetts) -- After more than two years of legal uncertainty, the U.S Department of the Interior in September found that it could not keep land in trust for the...

12/28/2018

article YEAR IN REVIEW: Tribe Looks To Secure Its Land
(Massachusetts) -- It has been a tumultuous year for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and its efforts to preserve its reservation land. Tribal members have rallied in the...

12/21/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s bill must wait until 2019
(Massachusetts) -- Even if the federal government avoided a partial shutdown late Friday night, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is going to have to wait until the next...

12/20/2018

article Tribal Council Agrees To Reduced Pay
(Massachusetts) -- As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits a legislative decision on Capitol Hill, three members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council have decided to no...

12/15/2018

article Mashpee tribe leader warns of job, service cuts
(Massachusetts) -- Just days after the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s financial backer announced a $440 million loss associated with its investment in the tribe’s...

12/14/2018

article Mayflower descendants back Mashpee Wampanoag in land dispute
(Massachusetts) -- Descendants of the country’s earliest settlers greeted by the Wampanoag people are backing the tribe in a fight to secure about 321 acres of...
article Mayflower Descendants Support Preservation of Wampanoag Land
(Massachusetts) -- The General Society of Mayflower Descendants is supporting the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s efforts to protect its reservation land. The society...
article Landowner Calls Latest Gooseberry Ruling 'Regulatory Taking'
(Washington) -- Another battle in the war that is the development of Gooseberry Island came to a quick end this week, this round going to the opponents of the...

12/13/2018

article Mayflower Society Votes to Support Preservation of Mashpee Tribe’s Reservation
(Massachusetts) -- Tribal leaders are hailing the support of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants after its Executive Committee voted unanimously to support the...

12/11/2018

article Native Americans warn of 'devastating impact' of land proposal
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag hold a special place in U.S. history as the tribe that first met the European settlers known as Pilgrims and participated in the...

12/10/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe warns of losses due to stalled casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is facing a bleak winter thanks to the Trump administration. The tribe might have to lay off employees, close its language...

12/9/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe member details struggle with addiction
(Massachusetts) -- Twenty-nine years ago Stephanie Tobey-Roderick, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, entered her first drug rehab program. She went to a treatment...

12/8/2018

article Mashpee tribe leader warns of job, service cuts
(Massachusetts) -- Just days after the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s financial backer announced a $440 million loss associated with its investment in the tribe’s...

12/6/2018

article Investor Loss Could Hurt Wampanoags
(Massachusetts) -- A recently reported loss from the financiers of the Taunton casino could mean more layoffs and cuts for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe members. Cedric...
article Mashpee tribe leader warns of job, service cuts
(Massachusetts) -- Just days after the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s financial backer announced a $440 million loss associated with its investment in the tribe’s...

12/4/2018

article Herring Pond Wampanoag burial ground comes home
(Massachusetts) -- Alice Hirsch, wife of Solomon Webquish, died Aug. 11, 1859 and was buried here, on a hill in Cedarville, off Long Pond Road. Hirsch was laid to rest...

12/3/2018

article Genting Dragged $66 Million into the Red After US DOI Nixes Tribal Casino Project
(Massachusetts) -- In a filing to the Malaysian Stock Exchange, Genting said it had included a $440 million impairment charge in its Q3 accounts, representing financial...
article Tribe’s financial backer reports substantial loss
(Massachusetts) -- Genting Malaysia Berhad, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s financial backer, announced Friday that it suffered an “impairment loss” on...

12/2/2018

article Judge grants Interior extension in tribe’s lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has granted the U.S. Department of the Interior an extension on a deadline to respond to a lawsuit by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe,...
article Genting Malaysia posts RM1.5 billion net loss
(Malaysia) -- Genting Malaysia Bhd swung into a net loss of RM1.49 billion for the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2018, on a RM1.83 billion impairment loss on the group...

11/30/2018

article Interior Department Granted Delay in Mashpee Wampanoag Lawsuit
(Washington D.C.) -- A request has been made by the U.S. Department of the Interior to delay the lawsuit filed by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that challenges the...
article Wampanoag memorial’s placement meets resistance in Provincetown
(Massachusetts) -- The Select Board has removed plans for a proposed Wampanoag memorial from a larger project to restore Bas Relief Park, opting to devote more time and...

11/29/2018

article SNOPES: Did the Trump Administration Take Land from the Tribe That Welcomed the Pilgrims?
(Washington D.C.) -- Claim: The Trump administration reversed a previous decision to put land in trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

11/28/2018

article Letter to the Editor: Dark days are not upon Mashpee Wampanoag; far from it
(Massachusetts) -- I want to clarify the issue regarding land in trust and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The removal of trust land will not affect their sovereignty....

11/27/2018

article Government asks for extension in Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe lawsuit
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has asked for a 31-day extension on a deadline to respond to a lawsuit by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...

11/26/2018

article #StandWithMashpee: Give Thanks by Helping Preserve Native and Public Lands
(Massachusetts) -- Many Americans just got done celebrating the long Thanksgiving holiday. What most of us probably didn't realize as we sat down to our feast was...
article Mashpee Student Delivers Keynote for MassDOT Native American Heritage Month
(Massachusetts) -- Grammy nominated Hip-Hop Jazz artist and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Member, The ZYG 808 delivered the keynote speech and performed for the Massachusetts...

11/22/2018

article The Native Americans Who Saved the Pilgrims Could Lose Their Land, Again
(Washington D.C.) -- The people who shared their food—and their lands—with some of the first European settlers in North America are once again in danger of...
article This Thanksgiving, The Trump Administration Is Taking Land From The Tribe That Welcomed The Pilgrims
(Washington D.C.) -- About 400 years ago, a man named Tisquantum was kidnapped by an English explorer and taken to Spain as a slave. Miraculously, Tisquantum escaped and...

11/20/2018

article The Native Americans Who Saved the Pilgrims Could Lose Their Land, Again
(Massachusetts) -- The people who shared their food—and their lands—with some of the first European settlers in North America are once again in danger of...

11/16/2018

article Portugal. The Man Stands With Wampanoags
(Washington D.C.) -- Rallying outside the US Capitol on Wednesday, November 14, among tribal leaders from all four corners of the country, were several members of the...
article THE ARGUMENT: Should the state Gaming Commission issue a license for a casino in Southeastern Massachusetts?
(Massachusetts) -- As a lifelong Brockton resident and a longtime city official, I believe it is high time that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission moves forward with...

11/15/2018

article 'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders are calling on Congress to repudiate the Trump administration in light of recent decisions that undermine the federal government'...
article Give Back Our Reservation: Mashpee Wampanoag and Allies March on the Capitol
(Washington D.C.) -- A week before Thanksgiving, members of the same tribe who helped the pilgrims survive 400 years ago stood before the nation’s Capitol Building...
article Mashpee tribe rallies supporters for Capitol Hill march
(Washington D.C.) -- A year after President Donald Trump proclaimed his commitment to tribal sovereignty and self-determination, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe marched up...
article Tribe Rallies At Capitol For Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- One week before Thanksgiving, members of the tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims in 1620 rallied outside the US Capitol to protest a ruling that would...

11/14/2018

article Government rules to strip Native American tribe of their land
(Washington D.C.) -- The Wampanoag tribe of Mashpee, Massachusetts rallied outside Capitol Hill Wednesday to protest a ruling they say threatens to dismantle their tribe...
article Native American Mashpee tribe turns to Congress in land dispute
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American tribe is calling on members of Congress to help protect the status of its reservation after the Trump administration reversed an...
article Recap: #StandWithMashpee march for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe led a march to the U.S. Capitol on November 14, 2018, to call on Congress to prevent its reservation from being taken...

11/13/2018

article BLOG: Warren still backing dubious tribal casino project
(Massachusetts) -- We first looked at this question back in May of this year but it’s coming back up as a topic of interest. In Massachusetts, the Native American...
article Wampanoags to Host Rally for Sovereignty in Washington D.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is calling on supporters to stand with them as they continue to fight against the federal government for sovereign...

11/11/2018

article Rally in DC will seek preservation of tribe's reservation
(Massachusetts) -- Native American leaders will march in Washington, D.C., to support a Massachusetts tribe's bid to protect its reservation lands. The Mashpee...

11/6/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Schedules Rally in Washington D.C.
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is holding a walk and rally in Washington D.C. next week to raise awareness of its ongoing battle with the Interior...

10/26/2018

article PALERMO: Massachusetts tribe gets bad news from Interior; may have wider implications
(Massachusetts) -- Federal court rulings, Department of Interior actions and Trump administration policies that threaten to strip trust land from the Mashpee Wampanoag...

10/25/2018

article Lobbyists battle it out over Mashpee tribe’s casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- As a new chapter begins in the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s legal fight for its land, a high stakes lobbying campaign in the nation’s capital...

10/22/2018

article Mashpee tribe’s leader: ‘The threat is real’
(Massachusetts) -- The leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is in Denver this week to raise awareness about the effect of a recent decision by the U.S. Department of...

10/20/2018

article Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation seeks to revive gaming lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is firing back at the Trump administration as plans for a new casino in Connecticut remain in limbo. Court...

10/19/2018

article Lobbyists battle it out over casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- As a new chapter begins in the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s legal fight for its land, a high stakes lobbying campaign in the nation’s capital...

10/15/2018

article Casino opponents want to curb tribe’s appeal of land ruling
(Massachusetts) -- Plaintiffs suing the Interior Department over its 2015 decision to take land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe have requested that the tribe...
article Taunton Plaintiffs Push For Action On Tribe's Appeal
(Massachusetts) -- A group of East Taunton plaintiffs is asking an appeals court to move swiftly on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's lawsuit, arguing that a two-year...

10/10/2018

article State Gaming Commission Reconsiders Reopening Region C
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking input from Southeastern Massachusetts residents on whether or not to reopen Region C to award a casino...

10/9/2018

article Indian Country Reeling From Mashpee Ruling [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior’s reversal of an earlier decision to place land in trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe underlines how the...

10/7/2018

article FROM THE RIGHT: Warren Champions Indian Gaming Bill Tied to Special Interests
(Washington D.C.) -- Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) is backing legislation that would heavily benefit a foreign gambling conglomerate and a string of...
article Our View: Casino is needed to compete
(Massachusetts) -- With lobbying and litigation, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, which operate the state’s two existing casinos, have been fighting for...
article Wampanoags Rally for Sovereignty
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hosted a rally yesterday as part of their effort to bring awareness of issues surrounding its land sovereignty. The event...

10/6/2018

article For Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, a matter of trust
(Massachusetts) -- A sense of urgency and a need for visibility were at the heart of Saturday’s walk along Great Neck Road, where Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe members...
article Mashpee Wampanoag protest Trump administration land ruling
(Massachusetts) -- Nearly 200 members and supporters of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe marched through this Cape Cod town on Saturday morning to protest a Trump...
article ICYMI: Elizabeth Warren ignites Democratic border war with Rhode Island over tribal casino
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has boosted her standing with the Mashpee Wampanoag for her bill clearing the way for a tribal casino, but not with Rhode...
article Tribal Entity Seeks To Run Regional Wastewater Plant
(Massachusetts) -- Working to help in a regional effort, a Mashpee Wampanoag tribal entity could step in to operate a wastewater treatment facility on Joint Base Cape...

10/5/2018

article #StandWithMashpee - Editorial
(Massachusetts) -- The story of tension between members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the non-tribal citizens of Mashpee is a sad, age-old story for the small...
article Walk, Rally Supports Tribal Reservation
(Massachusetts) -- With the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s sovereign reservation land under threat to be rescinded, tribe members and non-tribal allies will participate...

10/1/2018

article Mashpee Town Manager to Travel to D.C. to Support Wampanoag Land Bill
(Connecticut) -- Selectmen in Mashpee have agreed to send Town Manager Rodney Collins to Washington D.C. as part of an effort to protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...
article Tribe Requests Stay In Appeal Case
(Massachusetts) -- While the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe recently decided to file a new lawsuit against the federal government, the tribe also has requested a stay in an...
article Wampanoag Tribe Helped the Mayflower Pilgrims Survive But Peace Was Fleeting
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag nation was unfortunate to be among the first people in the Northeast United States to have contact with European explorers and later...

9/29/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoags Sue Feds Over Decision Not to Affirm Reservation
(Massachusetts) -- A Cape Cod tribe is challenging the Trump administration’s decision not to affirm its 300-acre reservation granted by the Obama administration....

9/28/2018

press release Mashpee Tribe files court complaint on Interior Department decision
(Massachusetts) --   The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe filed a complaint in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the U.S. Department of...
article Large Forces At Odds With Tribal Bill
(Massachusetts) -- While the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has received strong support in the Massachusetts delegation, neighboring Rhode Island has thrown a possible wrench...
article Mashpee tribe sues Interior Department over land decision
(Massachusetts) -- In a new chapter of a long-running legal saga, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is now suing the U.S. Department of the Interior in an effort to defend the...

9/27/2018

article Mashpee tribe sues Interior Department over land decision
(Massachusetts) -- In a new chapter of a long-running legal saga, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is now suing the U.S. Department of the Interior in an effort to defend the...
article Tribe sues feds over decision not to affirm reservation
(Massachusetts) -- A Cape Cod tribe filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration’s decision not to protect its 300-acre reservation...

9/26/2018

article Mashpee town manager to meet with members of Congress over casino land bill
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Town Manager Rodney Collins will be traveling to Capitol Hill to advocate for pending legislation that would end a legal challenge to the...
article OP/ED: How an age-old doctrine thwarts Wampanoag
(Massachusetts) -- The continuing travails of the Wampanoag Tribe in dealing with the federal government have roots deep in U.S. history. In fact, according to decisions...

9/25/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Land Bill Faces Long Odds, Opposition In Congress (sub req)
(Massachusetts) -- A bill in the US Congress to reaffirm an earlier decision by a federal agency to take land into trust for a casino project of the Mashpee Wampanoag...

9/24/2018

article OP/ED: Recognize the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government’s history in terms of its treatment of Indian tribes is replete with betrayals, deceptions, even genocide of the...

9/23/2018

article Bumpkin’s Corner: Mashpee Wampanoag casino hopes die... again
(Massachusetts) -- This week, the US Department of the Interior(DOI) ruled that it had improperly (i.e. illegally) taken land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag. This...
article Rhode Island Dems Oppose Bill to Rescue Massachusetts Tribal Casino
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal bill that would reaffirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts’ reservation — and therefore its right to build a $1...

9/22/2018

article State Senator Brady: Putting the brakes on tribe’s casino bid
(Massachusetts) -- In support of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s ongoing efforts for reservation status, the Globe editorial board overlooked the negative impact on...
article ICYMI: Rhode Island lawmakers signal opposition to Mashpee tribe bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill sponsored by Bay State Democrats that would end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation could be facing...

9/21/2018

article Wampanoag Language Project Receives $1.4 Million Grant
(Massachusetts) -- Writing a few words in a marker on the board on Thursday, September 20, Melanie Roderick asked if someone could tell her what they meant. “Land...

9/20/2018

article Rhode Island lawmakers signal opposition to Mashpee tribe bill
(Massachusetts) -- A bill sponsored by Bay State Democrats that would end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation could be facing opposition...
article With meeting now set, Brockton casino backers want second chance
(Massachusetts) -- The backers of a Brockton casino proposal want a second roll of the dice. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held an agenda setting meeting on...

9/19/2018

article Interior denies Mashpee trust land: ‘You do not meet definition of an Indian’
(Massachusetts) -- The room fell silent as Jessie Little Doe Baird gripped the podium, engraved with a “United States Senate” emblem, as she held back her tears before...
article Interior Department rules against tribe in trust land bid
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior ruled on Sept. 7 it cannot hold land in trust for a Massachusetts tribe, reversing a decision it made under former...
article Tribe company could take up Joint Base Cape Cod water operations
(Massachusetts) -- A Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe company is looking to take over management of Joint Base Cape Cod’s wastewater treatment operation. The Mashpee...

9/18/2018

article Tribe Wants More Time On Appeal
(Massachusetts) -- Ten days after the executive branch of the federal government dealt a blow to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's efforts to protect its reservation,...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe language program awarded $1.4M grant
(Massachusetts) -- After being dealt a potentially devastating blow 10 days earlier, Monday brought some positive news for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The Wôpanâak...
article Tribal Language Program Receives Sizable Grant
(Massachusetts) -- The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project announced Tuesday, September 18, that it received a 5-year, roughly $1.4 million grant from the US...

9/17/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Confront 'Loss Of Self-Governance' After Interior Department Reversal
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government has ruled that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe does not qualify for a reservation, effectively reversing an Obama-era decision to...
article Genting Malaysia plans recovery of $428M Massachusetts investment
(Massachusetts) -- Genting Malaysia is weighing its options for getting back MYR1.77 billion ($427.5 million) worth from promissory notes issued to a Massachusetts tribe...

9/16/2018

article Genting Malaysia looking into recovery of US$426 million tribal casino investment
(Massachusetts) -- Genting Malaysia says it is looking at its options regarding a US$426 million investment after the US Department of Interior (DOI) last week ruled...

9/14/2018

article BOSTON GLOBE: Mass. delegation must step up for Wampanoag tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Passing a law that gives the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe a pathway to reservation status for land in Mashpee and Taunton should be a top priority for the...
article Mashpee tribe members, nonmembers meet to discuss Interior finding
(Massachusetts) -- A week after the Trump administration reversed course on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s trust lands, members of the tribal community invited...
article Genting Malaysia still in talks with Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to recover $426.3 million
(Massachusetts) -- Genting Malaysia Bhd (GENM), which had subscribed to promissory notes issued by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in the US in 2016 for an integrated gaming...

9/13/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Lands in Dispute
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has been entangled in a legal conflict with the federal government over its native lands in Taunton and Mashpee. Last week...

9/12/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe official says Interior Department made “wrong decision”
(Washington D.C.) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s second-in-command got a chance Wednesday to tell the head of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs how she felt...
article Mass. Tribe Want Feds to Explain Controversial Land Decision
(Washington D.C.) -- The country's largest Native American organization is calling on the Trump administration to explain its decision not to recognize the...
article Wampanoags Get National Help in Dispute with Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Congress of American Indians has joined the dispute between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Federal Department of the Interior...
article Tribe To Host Grassroots Meeting In Wake Of Federal Ruling
(Massachusetts) -- In the wake of a "tremendous blow" issued by the executive branch of the federal government, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will host a "...

9/11/2018

article Interior: Mashpee tribe’s land remains in trust pending appeal
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior will continue to hold the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land in trust until a legal challenge to its status is...
article OPINION: Injustice, once again
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government’s history in terms of its treatment of Indian tribes is replete with betrayals, deceptions, even genocide. Look upon...
article NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- The following is a statement from the National Congress of American Indians, the nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization.
article Tribes want feds to explain controversial land decision
(Washington D.C.) -- The country's largest Native American organization is calling on the Trump administration to explain its decision not to recognize the...

9/10/2018

article DOI Reverses Decision on Mashpee Wampanaoag Tribal Land, Stripping Tribe of Sovereignty and $1 Billion Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanaoag tribe has been dealt a devastating blow in its bid to build a $1 billion casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. On Friday, the US...
article Federal decision puts Taunton casino plans in jeopardy
(Massachusetts) -- Plans to build a billion-dollar casino on tribal land in Taunton were dealt a huge blow late last week and officials say its future is now in jeopardy...
article Future of Massachusetts’s $1-billion casino quickly dissolving
(Massachusetts) -- The future of a $1-billion casino in Massachusetts is beginning to fade. A ruling by the US Department of the Interior (DOI) last Friday confirmed...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Vows to Continue Fight for Land
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior ruled Friday it cannot hold land in trust for a Massachusetts tribe, reversing a decision it made under former...
article RICHARD: Trump Blamed For Failed Tribal Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Donald Trump has been blamed for many things since declaring his candidacy for president in 2015, and now the Cape Cod Times, the sister publication...
article Unprecedented Ruling By Trump Administration Deals Massachusetts Casino A Crushing Defeat
(Massachusetts) -- A proposed tribal casino in Massachusetts was dealt a crushing blow by the Department of Interior last week. However, the DOI ruling has likely opened...
article VIDEO: Taunton Casino facing Setback
(Massachusetts) -- The Taunton Casino Hotel hit a major setback this weekend when the Department of Interior reversed a 2015 decision placing the land in trust to the...
article Warren unloads on Trump administration over stalled Indian casino project
(Massachusetts) -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed the Trump administration after it threw a $1 billion casino project into doubt by ruling the federal government could...

9/9/2018

article Dept of Interior Rejects Mashpee Wampanoag’s Land In Trust Claim
(Massachusetts) -- The US Department of Interior has informed a Massachusetts tribe that it cannot hold land in trust for them. According to the latest decision, the...
article MORON ALERT: Threat to R.I.’s new casino
(Rhode Island) -- Rhode Island’s political leaders failed to prevent Massachusetts from stealing the state’s Triple-A baseball team, the Pawtucket Red Sox....

9/8/2018

article Interior Department rules against Mashpee Wampanoag in trust land bid
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior ruled Friday it cannot hold land in trust for a Massachusetts tribe, reversing a decision it made under former...
article Interior Department Rules Against Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government has issued a devastating blow to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's efforts to protect its reservation. The US Department of the...
article Latest Mashpee Wampanoag land-in-trust decision elicits joy and dismay
(Massachusetts) -- “It’s over and done with. This is a resounding, final no with a big period at the end,” said Michele Littlefield. The East Taunton...
article Brockton mayor, Mass. senators battle on casino issue
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey are bashing the Trump administration for its final decision denying the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...

9/7/2018

article Interior Department deals blow to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Friday delivered an unprecedented and potentially crushing blow to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. After more than two...
article Interior Department rules against tribe in trust land bid
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior ruled Friday it cannot hold land in trust for a Massachusetts tribe, reversing a decision it made under former...
article Interior Department: Mashpee tribe doesn’t qualify for land in trust
(Massachusetts) -- After more than two years of legal uncertainty, the U.S Department of the Interior on Friday found that it could not keep land in trust for the...
press release Mashpee Tribal Leaders Vow to Fight and Save Ancestral Homeland
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag tribal leaders vow to continue their fight to retain its reservation and push for passage of bipartisan legislation to protect its...
article Mashpee Wampanoag’s Taunton casino plans dealt another blow
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government dealt another setback Friday to the Mashpee Wampanoag’s plans to build a casino in Taunton. In a letter, Tara Sweeney,...
article Taunton Casino Plan May Finally Be Dead
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Cape Cod says it has been dealt a "tremendous blow" on Friday that casts serious doubts on the future of the...

9/6/2018

article Indian Country watching for decision on Wampanoag land
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal Indian law experts and tribes across the country are keeping a close eye on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, which is just days away from...

9/5/2018

article Casino, state officials worry about tribe bill in Congress
(Rhode Island) -- Legislation making its way through Congress to protect a Massachusetts tribe's sovereign land may threaten Rhode Island's gambling revenues. The...

9/4/2018

article Threat to Tiverton casino seen in bill advanced in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Amid all the hoopla surrounding the opening of the new Twin River casino in Tiverton is a gnawing worry that legislation introduced in Congress by U...

9/3/2018

article Massachusetts unveils plans for Mayflower commemoration
(Massachusetts) -- State and local officials have formally launched preparations to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's landing in modern-day Massachusetts...

9/2/2018

article Massachusetts unveils plans for Mayflower commemoration
(Massachusetts) -- State and local officials have formally launched preparations to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's landing in modern-day Massachusetts.

9/1/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration
(Massachusetts) -- Leaders and citizens of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are still waiting to find out whether their homelands are staying in trust. In a statement on...

8/28/2018

article Wampanoags: Federal ruling on Taunton, Cape land expected by Sept. 21
(Massachusetts) -- The tribe has been battling to solidify a 2015 decision by the Interior Department to take 321 acres of land in Taunton and Mashpee into trust after a...

8/27/2018

article Decision on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land expected next month
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is less than 30 days away from learning whether the Trump administration will reaffirm the tribe’s right to...
article Mashpee Tribe: Decision Imminent on Land In Trust Dispute
(Massachusetts) -- A decision from the U.S. Department of the Interior on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land in trust dispute is expected within weeks. A statement...
article Tribe: Interior officials say decision expected on land in trust by Sept. 21
(Massachusetts) -- Officials with the U.S Department of Interior have told attorneys for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that there will be a decision by Sep. 21 on whether...
press release Mashpee Tribal Leaders Hopeful Reservation Will Be Affirmed by Interior Department
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal leaders are hopeful a formal decision by the U.S. Department of Interior on the review of the tribe’s Land-in-Trust...

8/25/2018

article Tribal Vice Chairman Testifies To US Senate
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council vice chairman Jessie (Little Doe) Baird testified in front of a US Senate committee in Washington, DC, this week,...

8/23/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag official: Reservation land needed to help save language
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Vice Chairwoman Jessie “Little Doe” Baird testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs...

8/22/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag official: Reservation land needed to help save language
(Washington D.C.) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Vice Chairwoman Jessie “Little Doe” Baird testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Wednesday...

8/21/2018

article Tribal Lawsuit Challenges Agreement With Town
(Massachusetts) -- A lawsuit filed in the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Court poses a new threat to the passage of federal bills pending in Congress that would protect the...

8/9/2018

article Mashpee tribe member charged with selling contaminated shellfish
(Massachusetts) -- A member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was arrested Wednesday after he was observed selling 1,366 pieces of contaminated shellfish to a Falmouth...

8/1/2018

article Gaming Commission Waits On Brockton Casino
(Massachusetts) -- While the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe fights on Capitol Hill to retain its reservation in Mashpee and Taunton, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has...

7/31/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Asks Congress to Reaffirm Reservation
(Washington D.C.) -- On July 24, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe finally got the opportunity to appear before Congress when the House Natural Resources Committee’s...
article OP/ED: Rolling the dice
(Massachusetts) -- When they began their costly quest to develop a casino on tribal land in Taunton, members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe knew that it would be a long...

7/30/2018

article Mashpee Tribe's Summer Camp Teaches Kids A Mix Of Old Traditions And New Science
(Massachusetts) -- This week, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is wrapping up a science camp for its middle schoolers. The kids have been diving into subjects like water...

7/28/2018

article Pending Decision Raises Fears Of Termination-Era Policy
(Washington D.C.) -- While the passage of HR 5244 looms large across the land of the Mashpee Wampanoag, tribes and politicians across the country are eagerly watching...
article Gambling officials to discuss Brockton casino in September
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling officials are postponing discussions about a resort casino for the southeastern part of the state at least until the fall. Mass...
article Gaming Commission to rekindle southeast casino talks
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming regulators are interested in getting an updated look at the gambling market in the Northeast and what a third resort-style casino...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Will Discuss Possible Brockton Casino Resort After MGM Springfield Opening
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is prepared to revisit the idea of a third casino resort in the Bay State, but a decision will have to wait...

7/26/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag chairman testifies in D.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- Mr. Cromwell went to Washington. Cedric Cromwell, council chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, was in the nation’s capital Tuesday seeking...
article Casino board shelves Brockton group’s request until Sept.
(Massachusetts) -- State gaming regulators decided Thursday to put off until September a request to reconsider their 2016 denial of a bid to build a casino on the...
article Gaming Commission puts off consideration of Brockton casino
(Massachusetts) -- A gambling company wants state regulators to take another look at its Brockton casino plans, but state gaming commissioners decided Thursday they were...
article Mass. panel defers ‘reconsideration’ of Brockton casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming regulators put off a response Thursday to a request that they reconsider their 2016 rejection of a proposed Brockton casino...

7/25/2018

article Feds take no position on bill protecting tribe's reservation
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal officials are reserving judgment on legislation enshrining a Massachusetts tribe's reservation into federal law after initially...
article Interior Department Says No Plans to Remove Mashpee Wampanoag Land From Federal Trust
(Washington D.C.) -- A US Interior Department official told a congressional committee this week that the federal agency has no plans to remove land owned by the Mashpee...
article Mashpee Goes To Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- About 50 people crammed into a hearing room on the US House of Representatives side of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, Tuesday afternoon, July 24...
article Mashpee tribe, Interior official and opponents weigh in on reservation land bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S Department of the Interior on Tuesday took no position during a congressional hearing on legislation that would secure the Mashpee Wampanoag...
article Mashpee Wampanoag chairman testifies in D.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- Mr. Cromwell went to Washington. Cedric Cromwell, council chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, was in the nation’s capital Tuesday seeking...

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