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Mashpee tribe member charged with selling contaminated shellfish

A member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was arrested Wednesday after he was observed selling 1,366 pieces of contaminated shellfish to a Falmouth wholesale and retail dealer, according to state Environmental Police.

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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...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Testifies in D.C. on Land-In-Trust Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Leader Cederic Cromwell met with legislators in Washington D.C. Tuesday to talk about legislation that could help revive...
article Taunton casino efforts afoot in Boston, Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- With casinos in Springfield and Everett poised to open within the next year, the battle over the state's third casino license continues to...
article A casino drama with some familiar players
(Massachusetts) -- It’s a southern New England casino tale involving Native Americans, the U.S. Department of the Interior, lawmakers, the courts and commercial...

7/24/2018

article CSPAN: Legislative Hearing on Indian Affairs Bills
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Committee on Natural Resources hears testimony Tuesday on legislation that would enshrine the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s 321-acre...
article Interior Department official to testify on bill securing Mashpee tribe’s land
(Washington D.C.) -- Darryl LaCounte, acting director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is expected to testify today about improving legislation proposed to secure land...
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 Tribe: feds support bill protecting tribe's reservation land
(Washington D.C.) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is touting support from a key federal agency in its bid to protect its reservation lands. The Cape Cod tribe on Tuesday...
article WASHINGTON TIMES: House panel shows support for Warren-backed bill on tribal casino
(Washington D.C.) -- A Massachusetts tribe received a warm welcome Tuesday at a House subcommittee hearing on a bill with implications for a $1 billion casino resort, an...
article US tribal community seeks energy sovereignty with solar microgrid and utility
(Massachusetts) -- A tribal community in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is pursuing energy sovereignty with a solar microgrid, eco-village and Tribal Utility Authority, and to...

7/23/2018

article Mashpee: Congress Hearing Testimony on Bill Protecting Wampanoag Tribe’s Land
(Washington D.C.) -- A Massachusetts tribe that could be the first in decades to lose its federally-designated reservation lands is making its case before Congress. The...

7/22/2018

article Congress hearing testimony on bill protecting tribe's land
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts tribe that could be the first in decades to lose its federally-designated reservation lands is making its case before Congress. The...
article School Committee Explores Indigenous Peoples' Day Resolution
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Public Schools may become the latest entity to replace Columbus Day with the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on its calendars. A...

7/20/2018

article Brockton, Taunton battling for influence in Washington on casino issue
(Massachusetts) -- Taunton and Brockton are now battling it out on Capitol Hill over the possibility of a casino in southeastern Massachusetts.
article Warren, Markey, Keating Fight for Rich Casino Investors [OPINION]
(Massachusetts) -- When Senators Liz Warren and Ed Markey aren't busy ignoring the beleaguered New Bedford fishing industry, they are putting the squeeze on the...
article OP/ED: Realpolitik In Mashpee
(Massachusetts) -- What a difference two years can make. In the spring of 2016, Mashpee town government and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe appeared to be on a collision...
article Know when to hold ’em: BCC casino classes stall as Taunton casino languishes
(Massachusetts) -- Taunton’s Bristol Community College campus includes 12 classrooms, four computer labs, a library with 16 computers, a nursing-assistant lab and...

7/19/2018

article Congressional committee taking up Mashpee tribal bill
(Massachusetts) -- The House Committee on Natural Resources will take up legislation next week that aims to end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s...
article Congressional Hearing Scheduled for Wampanoag Land-In-Trust Bill
(Massachusetts) -- Legislation that could help revive the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s casino in Taunton and stop the potential revocation of their land in trust will...
article Mashpee chairman to testify before Congress on Taunton casino land bill
(Massachusetts) -- In the next chapter of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s legal battle over reservation rights to 321 acres in East Taunton and Mashpee, the House...
article Mashpee Hires Lobbyist To Help Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s efforts to hang onto its reservation received some much-needed wind in their sails on Thursday, July 19, as the...
article Taunton mayor reaffirms support for tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The mayor of Brockton may oppose federal legislation aimed at reaffirming the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation, but Taunton’s chief...

7/18/2018

article Congressional committee takes up tribal bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Committee on Natural Resources will take up legislation next week that aims to end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’...
article Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era
(Washington D.C.) -- Citizens of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe celebrated a milestone this month -- their annual powwow took place on trust land for the first time in 97...
article FAKE NEWS: Warren blasted for backing Cape Cod tribe over blue-collar burg for casino jobs
(Massachusetts) -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s bill to clear the way for a $1 billion tribal gaming resort is meeting with resistance not only from locals who don...

7/15/2018

article Mashpee Selectmen Support Designation Of Nantucket Sound As Historic Landmark
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on Monday, July 9, to throw its support behind an effort to designate Nantucket Sound a historic...

7/14/2018

article Tribal Member Questions IGA Reaffirmation
(Massachusetts) -- Aaron R. Tobey Jr., a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, is challenging the tribe’s elected leadership for not voting on a deal reached...
article Brockton Casino Pressures Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- A competitor to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s casino aspirations in Taunton is pushing the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to reopen the state...
article Brockton mayor calls for (casino) land resolution from Interior secretary
(Massachusetts) -- The mayor of Brockton sent a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging the federal government to issue a final decision about land-in-trust...

7/13/2018

article OP/ED: Elections Have Consequences
(Massachusetts) -- About 20 years ago, one of our writers spent a couple of years on Nantucket, where he was able to observe at close hand that island’s hothouse...

7/10/2018

article Town To Hire Lobbyist To Help Mashpee Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Town of Mashpee is poised to hire a lobbyist at the federal level to press for the swift passage of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal reaffirmation act...

7/9/2018

article Mashpee seeks lobbyist to support bills backing tribe land in trust
(Massachusetts) -- The town is looking to hire a lobbyist in an attempt to bolster federal legislation aimed at ending an ongoing legal challenge to the Mashpee...

7/7/2018

article ICYMI: Indian land-trust case raises red flags
(Massachusetts) -- A modest courthouse and a fledgling police force, a housing development for American Indian families and a school where students are taught...
article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe celebrates powwow’s return to sovereign land
(Massachusetts) -- The Native American tribe whose ancestors broke bread with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is celebrating the return of its annual powwow to...

7/5/2018

article A 'traditional homecoming' for Wampanoag powwow
(Massachusetts) -- Dancers, drummers, vendors and visitors will gather this weekend in Mashpee to enjoy a traditional powwow on Wampanoag tribal lands. The 97th annual...

7/4/2018

article Land-Trust Case For Mashpee Tribe Raises Concerns Across Indian Country
(Massachusetts) -- A modest courthouse and a fledgling police force, a housing development for American Indian families and a school where students are taught...

7/1/2018

article OP/ED: Energy independence
(Massachusetts) -- News that the Mashpee Wampanoag has secured a grant to explore energy self-sufficiency should be seen as a powerful and unique opportunity that could...

6/30/2018

article Tribal support grows for Mashpee legislation
(Massachusetts) -- Support for legislation to have the federal government take land in trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has grown in recent months as the tribe and...

6/23/2018

article Native American Tribes Back Up Mashpee Wampanoag Taunton Tribal Casino Project
(Massachusetts) -- The city of Taunton, Massachusetts is well-known for its tribal casino involvement and for quite some time now one of the Native American tribes,...

6/21/2018

article Support grows for legislation for Mashpee tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Support for legislation to have the federal government take land in trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has grown in recent months as the tribe and...

6/13/2018

article RFP Issued For Tribal Housing Development
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's housing development on Meetinghouse Road is moving along. The tribe's housing department recently issued a...

6/9/2018

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Urged to Reconsider Southeastern Casino Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) Chairman Stephen Crosby confirmed during a meeting on Thursday that the agency was in receipt of a letter from a...

6/8/2018

article Tribe Pursuses Energy Independence
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is another step closer to becoming energy independent with renewable energy thanks to help from the federal government.
article Mashpee Selectmen Push To Move Herring Trawlers Off The Coast
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee selectmen formalized their support of an effort to force midwater herring trawlers farther offshore in an attempt to help restore local...

6/1/2018

article BLOG: Elizabeth Warren Lobbies for Native American Indian Massachusetts Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts may have long-term political designs on the White House, but one of her current political goals is gaining...

5/31/2018

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Elizabeth Warren takes gamble on Wampanoag casino
(Massachusetts) -- What’s the deal with Liz Warren and the Mashpee Wampanoags? If you haven’t heard, Sen. Liz Warren is pushing legislation to let the...

5/26/2018

article Wampanoag member’s research leads to language revival project
(Massachusetts) -- The Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project (WLRP) began in the early 1990s when Jessie Little Doe Baird, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, began...

5/24/2018

article As Tribe's Budget Shrinks, Council Salaries Draw Scrutiny
(Massachusetts) -- The recently approved Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe budget has raised red flags for some tribal members, specifically over the salaries of the tribal...

5/22/2018

article Town, Mashpee tribe reach agreement on land in trust bill
(Massachusetts) -- The Board of Selectmen is formally backing federal legislation that aims to end an ongoing legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s...

5/21/2018

article Mashpee selectmen support legislation protecting Wampanoag land rights
(Massachusetts) -- The Board of Selectmen is formally backing federal legislation that aims to end an ongoing legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s...
article Mashpee Tribe, Town Reach Accord
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council and Mashpee Board of Selectmen, after grievances aired publicly, have agreed to an amendment to proposed federal...

5/19/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Making Steep Budget Cuts As Casino Project Stalls
(Massachusetts) -- The Malaysian company backing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s bid to build a $1 billion casino in Taunton is dialing back the amount it will lend...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to Vote on Dwindling Budget
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is facing a future with far fewer financial resources, at least temporarily, as it continues to fight to gain reservation...

5/18/2018

article Tribe concerned about proposed changes to bill
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has responded to a letter issued by the Mashpee Board of Selectmen last month that took exception to a bill that, if...

5/16/2018

article LETTER: Casino is at heart of Wampanoag challenge, and Obama was no help
(Massachusetts) -- Maybe the Wampanoag deserve a reservation, but it is understandable that the rest of the state may not want another casino open. What that would...

5/15/2018

article Fake News Website Goes After Mashpee Wampanoags & Genting
(Massachusetts) -- A bill by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) to allow a Native American tribe to continue a stalled Massachusetts casino project is being pushed by...

5/12/2018

article What is Elizabeth Warren up to with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe?
(Massachusetts) -- Here’s a bit of legislative mystery which has mostly flown under the radar. It involves a piece of legislation introduced in the Senate in March...

5/11/2018

article How Elizabeth Warren is helping a checkered tribe in bid to rid her ‘Pocahontas’ problem
(Massachusetts) -- She’s never been a gambling fan, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pushing federal legislation to help deliver a casino to a tribe with a checkered...

5/9/2018

article HOYE: Reservation Restoration Act rights a historical wrong
(Massachusetts) -- As mayor of the City of Taunton, the question I am asked most frequently is: When is the First Light Resort & Casino coming? The short answer is:...

5/7/2018

article EDITORIAL: Mashpee Wampanoag deserve a pathway to a reservation
(Massachusetts) -- IF FEDERAL LAW prevents the Mashpee Wampanoag from securing an Indian reservation in Massachusetts, then there’s something wrong with federal...
article OP/ED: A failure to understand
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag, like hundreds of Indian tribes across the country, once had little choice but to give up their tribal lands to marauding...

5/1/2018

article COLUMN: Pequot police department is overseen by a criminal
(Connecticut) -- It was alarming when Gov. Dannel Malloy agreed three years ago to withdraw state police from regular assignment in the two tribal casinos, even though...

4/27/2018

article Tribe and Keating seek to allay Mashpee’s fears over bill
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell have responded to concerns outlined in a letter from Mashpee...

4/24/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces local questions about homelands bill
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing support in the nation's capital for a bill to protect its homelands but the situation is looking a little...
article Town Requests Amendment To Tribal Senate, House Legislation
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Board of Selectmen recently issued a letter to federal, state and local legislators as well as leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...

4/23/2018

article Mashpee selectmen announce opposition to tribe land legislation
(Massachusetts) -- The Board of Selectmen are opposing a bill introduced by federal lawmakers last month that would end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...

4/22/2018

article Native American Tribe Battles to Keep Land
(Massachusetts) -- Money from casinos has lifted many Native American tribal economies and made some tribes rich. Take the Shakopee Mdewakanton in the state of Minnesota...

4/21/2018

article Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits Mashpee Wampanoag Health Service Unit
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe waited in the rotunda area inside the main entrance of the Wampanoag Government/Community Center building on...

4/16/2018

article Massachusetts Native American Tribe Battles to Keep Land
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming has boosted many Native American tribal economies and made some tribes rich, like the Shakopee Mdewakanton, whose Minnesota casinos earn tribe...

4/9/2018

article Political Notes: State treasurer candidate questions casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- A four-term Republican legislator from Southeastern Massachusetts — and critic of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s efforts to build a resort...

4/5/2018

article In Taunton, a gamble that has yet to pay off
(Massachusetts) -- They were supposed to be first, now they will be last — if at all. For more than a decade, the Mashpee Wampanoag have sought economic...
article Tribal warfare: Two Native Americans say Mashpee Wamapanoag have no claim to proposed East Taunton casino site
(Massachusetts) -- Faries Gray and Cora Peirce trace their bloodlines to different Indian tribes. But they’re in total agreement on one central point: They both...

3/29/2018

article Mashpee Selectmen Decry Lack Of Outreach
(Massachusetts) -- Less than a month after a joint meeting two years in the making, the Mashpee Board of Selectmen has called for more consistent communication from its...

3/28/2018

article Mashpee officials seek better communication with tribe, legislators
(Massachusetts) -- Selectmen say they’ve been left in the dark about an effort in Congress to end an ongoing legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s...
article U.S. Senate Joins House in Filing Bill to Preserve Mashpee Wampanoag Land Into Trust
(Massachusetts) -- Legislation has been filed in the U.S. Senate, similar to a bill filed in the House, that could stop the potential revocation of the Mashpee Wampanoag...

3/26/2018

press release Mashpee Tribe Hails Senate Reservation Re-Affirmation Bill
(Massachusetts) -- On the heels of bipartisan legislation filed in the U.S. House of Representatives announced last week, Mashpee Wampanoag tribal leaders are praising a...

3/24/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails bill to reaffirm status of homelands
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is welcoming a new bill that reaffirms the trust status of its homelands in Massachusetts. H.R.5244, the Mashpee Wampanoag...

3/23/2018

article Cromwell says Congressional bill could be game changer
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell says recent comments by the lead attorney for 25 plaintiffs opposing the establishment of...
article Mashpee Selectmen Left In The Dark
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Mashpee Board of Selectmen were both surprised and upset with how they heard of Congressman William Keating’s bill filed in the...

3/22/2018

article Cheers & Jeers: Congress should protect Wampanoag land [3rd Item]
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Bourne, has filed a bill that would reaffirm a 2015 decision by the Department of Interior to take 171 acres in Mashpee...
article Legislation Would Secure Tribal Land
(Massachusetts) -- A bill recently proposed in the US House of Representatives has brought new hope to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe as it seeks to hang onto its 300-acre...
article Taunton lawyer calls Congressional bill a double ‘Hail Mary’
(Massachusetts) -- “It’s a Hail Mary on top of a Hail Mary,” said David Tennant. That’s how Tennant, the lead attorney for a group of East...

3/21/2018

article Bill would end challenge to Mashpee tribe’s reservation land decision
(Massachusetts) -- Congress may step in to end an ongoing legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s efforts to secure reservation land and build a casino. A...
article Federal Legislation Could Revive Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Plan
(Massachusetts) -- Bi-partisan legislation filed in Congress this week could help revive the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s casino plan in Taunton and stop the...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails bill to reaffirm status of homelands
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is welcoming a new bill that reaffirms the trust status of its homelands in Massachusetts. H.R.5244, the Mashpee Wampanoag...
article Taunton lawyer for casino plaintiffs call Congressional bill a double ‘Hail Mary’
(Massachusetts) -- “It’s a Hail Mary on top of a Hail Mary,” said David Tennant. That’s how Tennant, the lead attorney for a group of East...

3/16/2018

article The Value Of Dialogue - Editorial
(Massachusetts) -- Dialogue is becoming less and less common. As the world crowds in on us, with the screens of smartphones casting an apparently hypnotic spell over...

3/15/2018

article Mashpee board to review land-trust suit
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Board of Selectmen will meet Monday in closed session to discuss the lawsuit filed by neighbors of a proposed casino in Taunton appealing...

3/1/2018

article Tribe, Town Set To Meet
(Massachusetts) -- A meeting that took almost two years to schedule has a date. The Mashpee Board of Selectmen will meet with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council on...

2/28/2018

article Interior Department promises update on Mashpee land in 30 days
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S Department of the Interior has notified the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that it is still reviewing evidence to determine whether the tribe...
article Tribe, Town Slated To Meet March 5
(Massachusetts) -- A meeting that took almost two years to schedule has a date. The Mashpee Board of Selectmen will meet with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council on...
article US Authorities Yet to Decide the Future of the Mashpee Wampanoag Casino
(Massachusetts) -- After decade-long efforts for establishing Indian gaming, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is still no closer to receiving an approval for...

2/24/2018

article Interior dept. promises update on Mashpee land trust in Taunton within 30 days
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S Department of the Interior has notified the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that it is still reviewing evidence to determine whether the tribe...

2/23/2018

article No Decision Yet On Tribe Court Case; Timetable Vague
(Massachusetts) -- The US Department of the Interior has yet to render a decision on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land status and a timetable for the latest legal...

2/22/2018

article Interior promises update on Mashpee tribe land review in 30 days
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S Department of Interior has notified the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that it is still reviewing evidence to determine whether the tribe qualifies...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe waits for Trump team's decision on casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still doesn't know when the Trump administration will make a decision on its long-delayed casino in Massachusetts.

2/16/2018

article Traveling Wampanoag exhibit adds new chapter
(Massachusetts) -- A traveling exhibition about the Wampanoag people that the Pilgrims encountered when they arrived in 1620 has added a new chapter, now on display at...

2/15/2018

article U.K. theater group seeks tribe perspective
(Massachusetts) -- One of biggest regional producing theaters in the United Kingdom wants Wampanoag tribe members to take part in a “major work of community...

2/11/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits Trump team's decision on casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is still waiting for the Trump administration to make a decision on its long-delayed casino in Massachusetts. According to...

1/30/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe makes layoffs as gaming project stalls
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has laid off employees and closed its gaming agency amid uncertainty surrounding its long-delayed casino in Massachusetts...

1/29/2018

article Weeks after layoffs, Mashpee tribe holds job fair
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will host a job fair for tribal citizens Friday in partnership with the U.S Department of Labor, which comes on the heels...
article How the Casino Industry Takes Inspiration from TV and Film
(USA) -- Casinos have long been depicted on screen and in films, so often the backdrop to excitement and action. But the relationship works both ways, and casinos are...

1/26/2018

article Amid Financial Struggles, Mashpee Tribe Holding Job Fair Next Week
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is hosting a job fair on February 2 as they deal with a series of layoffs and cutbacks in tribal services. The Tribe has...

1/25/2018

article Deadline Looms For Town-Tribe Meeting
(Massachusetts) -- While no date or agenda has been set as of Thursday morning, January 25, for a meeting between the Mashpee Board of Selectmen and the Mashpee...

1/23/2018

article Mashpee High School Offers First-Ever Native American Language Course
(Massachusetts) -- Learning a new language has long been a requirement at most American high schools. While the typical offerings include Spanish, French, and Latin, in...

1/18/2018

article Mashpee Wampanoag Hold Emergency Meeting As Casino Debts Mount [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will hold an emergency tribal council meeting on Friday as increased debts associated with their stalled $1bn casino...

1/5/2018

article Tribe In It Until The End
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council members have been publicly silent about how many layoffs and cuts have been made at the tribal headquarters. During...

12/29/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe begins employee layoffs
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe laid off some of its employees, who are also tribe members, on Friday, citing budgetary concerns related to its proposed $...

12/28/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe closes Taunton casino office
(Massachusetts) -- Calls placed to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Gaming Authority office at 1 Taunton Green are greeted by a recording that says, “You have reached a...
article Tribe Gets $12 Million For Affordable Housing Project
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received a substantial financial boost this week for an affordable housing development off Meetinghouse Road.

12/27/2017

article Little Miss Wampanoag Lends A Hand To The Pine Ridge Reservation
(Massachusetts) -- Some 200 Native Americans living in the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota will have fresh socks for the new year, as well as other goods, thanks...
article Tribe, school partnership strengthened in Mashpee
(Massachusetts) -- Collaboration between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Mashpee Public Schools promises to increase next year, as the two groups have outlined a number...

12/12/2017

article Tribe weighs in on future of Mashpee Commons
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe had the last word in a monthslong public process for the planned expansion of Mashpee Commons, marking the end of the...

12/8/2017

article Wampanoag Tribe moves forward with casino plans
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head moved a step closer to building their first tribal casino development this week after the US Department of the...

12/2/2017

article Aquinnah Assists Mashpee Tribe In Land In Trust Bid
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received a helping hand from a neighboring tribe in Aquinnah in an effort to secure land in trust in Mashpee and Taunton....

11/27/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe $425m In Debt, Cut Services [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe have approved substantial cuts to tribal social services as it tries to address a mounting debt that has grown...

11/26/2017

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe $425m In Debt, Cut Services (sub req)
(Massachusetts) -- Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe have approved substantial cuts to tribal social services as it tries to address a mounting debt that has grown...

11/25/2017

article Chairman of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Demands Trump Honor Pledge
(Massachusetts) -- Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, which celebrated the First Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts...

11/24/2017

article 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. 6Mashpee...
article The Massachusetts tribe that broke bread with the Pilgrims is calling on President Donald Trump to honor his commitment to Native Americans
(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 Thanksgiving tribe reclaims language lost to colonization
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts tribe whose ancestors shared a Thanksgiving meal with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is reclaiming its long-lost language, one...

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.

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