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Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s trust status threatened by Department of Interior

On March 27, 2020, a message from Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cedric D. Cromwell was posted onto the tribe’s official website regarding a directive by the United States government to disestablish their tribal land.

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10/16/2020

article Grand jury seeks Mashpee tribe's Taunton casino documents
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office sent a third subpoena to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe last month, this time demanding records concerning...

10/15/2020

article Grand jury seeks Mashpee tribe’s casino documents
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office sent a third subpoena to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe last month, this time demanding records concerning...

10/8/2020

article Peabody Museum Exhibit Pairs Tribal Members With Wampanoag Artifacts
(Massachusetts) -- Three members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) are among seven Wampanoag tribal members whose voices guide an upcoming virtual exhibition...

10/3/2020

article ‘OUR Story’ reveals truth about Wampanoags
(Massachusetts) -- Sakonnet Sachem Awashonks relates how the English do not like dealing with women chieftains like her. “The colonists challenge my authority,...

10/1/2020

press release Mashpee Gaming Authority Subpoenaed by Federal Grand Jury Over $1 Billion Massachusetts Casino Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Federal authorities have requested the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Gaming Authority turn over to a federal grand jury documents related to the tribe...
article Tribal Council Votes To Endorse Biden-Harris Campaign
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council has voted to endorse the presidential campaign of Joseph R. Biden Jr. amid a years-long battle with the...

9/30/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe subpoenaed for third time in ongoing federal probe
(Massachusetts) -- A limited liability corporation owed by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that oversees the stalled Taunton casino project has been subpoenaed by a federal...

9/26/2020

article Tribe seeks funding for new community center
(Massachusetts) -- Plans for a proposed community facility for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe could make some headway in a couple of weeks. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...
article Twin sisters sue Wampanoag Tribe over disputed membership
(Massachusetts) -- Twin 20-year-old sisters are taking Wampanoag tribal leaders to court after they were removed from the tribal membership roll. Kayla and Kaitlyn...

9/17/2020

article COMMENTARY: Mashpee Inclusion, Diversity Group Reconvenes
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Inclusion and Diversity Committee, made up of a diverse group of Mashpee residents, convened via Zoom on August 11 and September 4 for the...

9/5/2020

article Provincetown exhibit shows the Wampanoag side of the Pilgrim saga
(Massachusetts) -- The Pilgrim Monument rises 252 feet from a steep hill overlooking the bustling downtown here, a soaring granite tribute to 102 passengers of the...

9/1/2020

article Grand jury subpoenas more documents from Mashpee tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council voted in an emergency meeting Aug. 28 night not to remove Chairman Cedric Cromwell. The vote came after the tribe...

8/31/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Keeps Cedric Cromwell, as Grand Jury Subpoenas Fly
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council voted Friday night during an emergency meeting to retain Chairman Cedric Cromwell, as the Native American group...

8/29/2020

article Grand jury subpoenas more documents from Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council voted in an emergency meeting Friday night not to remove Chairman Cedric Cromwell. The vote came after the tribe...

8/28/2020

article Federal grand jury subpoenas Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for documents related to the election of Chairman Cedric Cromwell
(Massachusetts) -- A federal grand jury investigation into the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is now digging for information on the re-elections of tribal Chairman Cedric...

8/15/2020

article Mashpee tribe to receive Labor Department grant
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will receive $57,958 as part of a U.S. Department of Labor grant. The Labor Department announced Wednesday it had awarded...

8/7/2020

article Memorial bench vandalized in Mashpee Wampanoag tribal cemetery
(Massachusetts) -- Standing by his daughter’s vandalized memorial, Michael Frye said he felt hurt. He inspected the cracks, noticing the granite had been struck...

8/1/2020

article Interior Department appeals June ruling over Wampanoag land
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that the department incorrectly found that the tribe did not quality for...
article Trump Administration Appeals Court Decision That Favored Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- After ordering in March that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation lands be disestablished, the US Department of the Interior on Friday,...

7/29/2020

article Is a third Massachusetts casino still viable? Mass. Legislature wants report on Region C license
(Massachusetts) -- The Gaming Commission is planning to revisit the input it got earlier this year on the idea of relaunching the process to license a third resort...

7/28/2020

article ICYMI: House OKs bill protecting Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation on Cape Cod
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would prevent the Trump administration from rescinding a Native American tribe...

7/27/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe gets backing from House bill protecting reservation from Trump administration decision
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would prevent the Trump administration from rescinding a Native American tribe's...

7/24/2020

article Amendment To Prohibit Interior Department Spending Against Tribe Passes US House
(Washington D.C.) -- The US House of Representatives passed an amendment on Thursday, July 23 that would prohibit the Interior Department from expending funds to reverse...
article Spending bill includes protections for Mashpee tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- The House passed a spending bill Friday that includes an amendment to protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and its reservation land. The amendment...

7/23/2020

article ‘We Are Still Here,’ Wampanoag Exhibit Says
(Massachusetts) -- In a normal summer, hundreds of tourists and guests would have streamed through the small Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum off Route 130. David W....

7/20/2020

article Massachusetts Pilgrim Site Plimoth Plantation to Change Historical Name
(Massachusetts) -- Plimoth Plantation is getting a name change. Living history meets modern day reality with the move, announced on the museum’s website earlier...

7/15/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe served with federal subpoena for financial records
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston served a federal grand jury subpoena to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe last monthfor a hefty number of documents...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Women Open Shop Selling Native Art In Commons
(Massachusetts) -- Tribal drumming and dancing in Mashpee Commons on Friday, July 10, marked the opening of the Wampanoag Trading Post, an art gallery selling works by...

7/14/2020

article Federal grand jury subpoenas Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to turn over financial records, sources say
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, embroiled for years in a complicated legal fight to save its reservation, has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury to...

7/2/2020

article Mashpee Selectmen Call On Interior Department To Protect Tribe's Reservation
(Massachusetts) -- By a 4-0 vote on Monday, June 29, the Mashpee board of selectmen approved a statement supporting the preservation of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...

6/26/2020

article The ‘Thanksgiving Tribe’ Is Still Fighting for Food Sovereignty
(Massachusetts) -- On a Friday afternoon in late March, Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in Massachusetts, received a call, from Bureau of Indian...

6/24/2020

article VENNOCHI: Tearing down Christopher Columbus won’t raise up the Mashpee Wampanoag
(Massachusetts) -- The Trump administration is trying to take back 321 acres of land that had been put in trust by the Obama administration. Doing so would, in essence,...

6/17/2020

article Surprise Parade Celebrates 98th Birthday Of Tribe's Chief
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe celebrated the 98th birthday of Chief Vernon “Silent Drum” Lopez with a surprise parade past his...

6/11/2020

article Judge Rejects Interior’s Finding On Tribe - Orders Agency To View Evidence ‘In Concert’
(Massachusetts) -- The courts have sent the US Department of the Interior back to the drawing board twice to reconsider the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s eligibility...
article Rep. Joe Kennedy III files legislation to protect tribal lands after Mashpee Wampanoag ‘disestablishment’ order
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III has filed legislation that would protect the trust status of tribal lands, preventing the federal government from...

6/10/2020

article Members Of Congress Say Court Did Right By Tribe, But Battle Continues
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation lauded a Friday, June 5, decision from a Washington, DC, court in favor of the Mashpee Wampanoag...

6/9/2020

article Judge rules in favor of Mashpee tribe
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has deemed that the Trump Administration’s position that the Mashpee tribe does not qualify as “Indian” under the...
article Mashpee Wampanoag members build Native American dwelling in Chatham
(Massachusetts) -- A native hut will soon stand outside the Atwood Museum to educate and remind visitors about who lived on the land before settlers arrived on America...

6/8/2020

article Judge sides with tribe in lawsuit over reservation status
(Washington D.C.) -- A judge has stopped the federal government from rescinding its reservation designation for a Native American tribe’s land in Massachusetts,...
article Mass. Tribal Casino Gains Lifeline, as Judge Tells DOI to Review Decision
(Massachusetts) -- A proposed Massachusetts tribal casino that’s been held up for years in the court system received a lifeline late last week when a federal judge...

6/7/2020

article Trump administration ordered to reconsider Mashpee Wampanoag ruling
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge ruled late Friday in favor of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in its circuitous quest to maintain control of 321 acres of reservation...

6/6/2020

article Judge Orders Trump to Reconsider Ruling Revoking Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation Status
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration's 2018 ruling that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe does not qualify as "Indian" under the federal Indian...
article Judge rules Interior Department decision on Mashpee Wampanoag violates law
(Washington D.C.) -- A US District Court judge has ordered the federal Department of the Interior to reconsider its 2018 decision that threatened the status of the...
article Judge sides with Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in lawsuit over reservation status
(Washington D.C.) -- A judge has stopped the federal government from rescinding its reservation designation for a Native American tribe’s land in Massachusetts,...

6/5/2020

article Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge ruled in favor of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Friday, June 5 in litigation brought against the Trump Administration’s...
article Judge rules for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in land suit
(Washington D.C.) -- In a victory for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in its yearslong battle for sovereignty, a federal judge has ruled the Interior Department incorrectly...

5/28/2020

article Judge In Tribe's Litigation Accepts Two Briefs Supporting Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Judge Paul L. Friedman accepted two briefs filed amicus curiae, or friend of the court, in support of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in their litigation...
article What connects casinos, the first Thanksgiving and the Trump administration?
(Massachusetts) -- “Unless you walk in moccasins” it’s a difficult concept to capture, says Cedric Cromwell, chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in...
article BLOG: Judge ridicules Interior Dept. document on taking back land from Mashpee Wampanoag tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that welcomed the pilgrims in 1620 has been fighting with the federal government over the removal of the tribe’s 321...

5/26/2020

article Wampanoag tribal members harassed for pursuing aboriginal fishing rights
(Massachusetts) -- Tribal member Marcus Hendricks says he has been getting harassed often lately while fishing for herring. People will yell at him or call the police...

5/21/2020

article Decision In Tribe's Case Pending After Judge Hears Arguments
(Washington D.C.) -- A decision with implications for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s sovereignty over reservation lands is pending after federal Judge Paul L....
article EDITORIAL: Nature Also A Consideration
(Massachusetts) -- It is unfortunate that members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are subject to harassment while exercising their rights to fish outside of state...

5/20/2020

article Members Of Congress File In Support Of Tribe On Eve Of Arguments
(Washington D.C.) -- On the eve of scheduled oral arguments, 25 members of Congress filed an amici curiae, or friends of the court, in support of the Mashpee Wampanoag...
article Native Tribe Could Lose Its Land Under New Trump Administration Guidelines
(Washington D.C.) -- Taking up whether the Trump administration can revoke reservation status for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that welcomed the pilgrims in 1620, a...
article Tribe argues land case in U.S. District Court
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. District judge said Wednesday he could rule in a week to 10 days on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s latest attempt to salvage a $1...

5/14/2020

article No Current Plans For Tribal Bingo Hall In Mashpee Cited In Taunton Financial Dispute
(Massachusetts) -- During a Taunton City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 12, discussion of $500,000 owed by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe included mention of the prospect...
article Tribe’s Case: Group Of 30 Tribal Nations Motions In Support Of Mashpee Wampanoag
(Massachusetts) -- A group representing 30 federally recognized tribal nations motioned on Monday, May 11, for the judge overseeing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s...

5/13/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag behind on payments to Taunton
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is late with its annual payment of more than $500,000 to the city of Taunton in accordance with the two entities’...

5/12/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag still owes Taunton more than $530K
(Massachusetts) -- All the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe needed in order to pay off its $530,000 annual obligation to the city was one month of bingo. At least that’s...

5/8/2020

article Tribal Leaders Say American History, Tribal Sovereignty At Stake In Reservation Lands
(Massachusetts) -- Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe cast their ongoing battle with the federal government to maintain their reservation as an issue of American...

5/6/2020

article Judge challenges Interior Department's revision of tribal policy
(Massachusetts) -- The federal judge set to hear the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land-in-trust case says he was “shocked” to learn the Interior...
article OP/ED: Mashpee tribe, which welcomed Pilgrims, losing its land in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The generosity of the Mashpee Wampanoag, who had...

5/5/2020

article BLOG: Listening to Wampanoag Law
(Massachusetts) -- On March 30th, the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) informed the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts that it would be removing 321 acres of...
article Sovereignty Under Threat, Mashpee Tribe Says
(Massachusetts) -- More than 100 people signed on for an internet videoconference with the chairman and vice chairwoman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, Cedric Cromwell...
article Trump admin apologizes to judge in tribal case
(Massachusetts) -- Government attorneys yesterday sought to mollify an unhappy federal judge who is overseeing a high-profile case over a Massachusetts tribe's...

5/4/2020

article Judge 'shocked' by government's silence in tribal case
(Massachusetts) -- A demonstrably outraged federal judge has blasted the Trump administration for its handling of an Interior Department solicitor's opinion key to a...

5/3/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s trust status threatened by Department of Interior
(Massachusetts) -- On March 27, 2020, a message from Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cedric D. Cromwell was posted onto the tribe’s official website regarding a...

5/2/2020

article Wampanoag tribe member asks for spiritual support before court hearing
(Massachusetts) -- When Danielle Hill heard March 27 that her tribe’s reservation would be taken out of trust, she felt upset and resentful. She wanted to find...

4/30/2020

article Court Case Asks Whether Tribe Was 'Under Federal Jurisdiction' In 1934
(Massachusetts) -- The history of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will again be on trial next week in a case which contests a finding by the Trump Administration’s...
article Prayer Fires Will Burn Across The United States In Solidarity With Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- On the night that the Department of the Interior issued an order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s 321 acres of reservation lands,...

4/27/2020

article OP/ED: Let’s protect Mashpee Wampanoag’s ancestral homeland
(Massachusetts) -- What if two close friends, a Wampanoag woman and a white man, decided to team up and write a column on why you should support the Mashpee Wampanoag...

4/24/2020

article SHAPIRO: Who Trusts the Trustee?
(Massachusetts) -- Pandemic news in Indian Country: the Interior Department called Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cedric Cromwell to announce that the Mashpee Reservation...

4/22/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Postpones Annual Powwow
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has postponed its 99th annual powwow, which had been scheduled for July, as the COVID-19 health crisis continues to impact...

4/20/2020

article Albrecht: Mashpee Tribe calls for help to protect its lands
(Massachusetts) -- Hear ye, hear ye! A call to Massachusetts citizens (and all Americans) to raise our voices together. Our federal government, through the U.S. Bureau...

4/17/2020

article Amid pandemic and Pilgrim anniversary, Wampanoag face new threat
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag, the People of the First Light, were the first Native American nation to give land to the Pilgrims, in 1629, in what is now...
article The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's Crisis Within a Crisis
(Massachusetts) -- When he received the phone call from the Bureau of Indian Affairs at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27, Cedric D. Cromwell had been hoping for good news....

4/16/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag Termination: Time to expose federal Indian law
(Massachusetts) -- We have long known that federal Indian law "trust doctrine" is not trustworthy. The US Supreme Court admitted this fact in 2011, when...
article Cape Coronavirus: Mashpee Wampanoag Expands Testing For Tribes
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag has expanded testing for the new coronavirus to make sure all tribal members, regardless of tribe, have access. The tribe's...

4/15/2020

article All Tribal Members Eligible for COVID-19 Test Regardless of Symptoms
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe said it's the first tribe in the nation to receive direct federal assistance for pandemic response. As a result, all...

4/13/2020

article An Indigenous Tribe That Has Lived on Cape Cod for 10,000 Years Is Now Under Threat
(Massachusetts) -- In 2009, the Supreme Court passed a confusing ruling in a case called Carcieri v. Salazar. In an effort to determine whether land federally recognized...
article Mashpee tribal members recount long history of fighting for land
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government’s recent order to disestablish 321 acres of reservation land put into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe came as a...

4/12/2020

article House Members Push for Mashpee Tribe’s Land in Trust Status
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the United States House of Representatives are pushing to preserve the land in trust status of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The land was...

4/10/2020

article Court Case Tied To Tribe's Reservation Land To Be Heard In May
(Massachusetts) -- The court case which has postponed an Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation will be heard by the...

4/9/2020

article OP/ED: Please Do Not Rescind Land Into Trust
(Massachusetts) -- Why kill my people, children, grandchildren by taking away Mashpee Wampanoag “Land Into Trust”? “The Wampanoag people have been...
article Selectmen To Sign Letter In Support Of Tribe's Reservation
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee selectmen on Monday, April 6, voted to authorize the board’s chairman to sign a letter addressed to the Bureau of Indian Affairs...

4/8/2020

article Locals fighting Mashpee tribal casino keep winning in court despite political opposition
(Massachusetts) -- Sen. Bernard Sanders has built his career siding with the little guy, but as far as Michelle Littlefield is concerned, he picked the wrong underdog...

4/7/2020

article DOI Will Hold Off On Taking Mashpee Land Out Of Trust (sub req)
(Washington D.C.) -- A D.C. federal court has put on hold the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's bid to block the federal government from taking the tribe's reservation...
article Trump administration fights to snatch land held by Native Americans for 12,000 years
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has sparked outrage after it revoked the reservation status of a Native American tribe that has lived on the land for 12,...

4/6/2020

article Congress knocks Trump administration's decision to remove Native American lands from federal trust
(Washington D.C.) -- Members of Congress sent a letter last week addressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) over...
article Senate leaders urged to pass land-in-trust legislation
(Washington D.C.) -- Kennedy, Keating among House members who signed letter in support of Mashpee tribe. Members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to...

4/5/2020

article Native Americans fear government "attack" on tribal land amid coronavirus
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans slammed a decision by the US Government to revoke a tribe's reservation status, which they warned would leave them without...
article OP/ED: The Wampanoag deserve better
(Massachusetts) -- The United States has a long and largely reprehensible history when it comes to its treatment of the indigenous peoples of this continent. From the...

4/4/2020

article Plaintiff calls Taunton casino-land disestablishent ‘final decision in this matter’
(Massachusetts) -- Michele Littlefield isn’t gloating, but she is pleased with the federal government for hammering home what could be the final nail in the...

4/3/2020

article OP/ED: The Wampanoag deserve better
(Massachusetts) -- The United States has a long and largely reprehensible history when it comes to its treatment of the indigenous peoples of this continent. From the...

4/2/2020

article Legislators, Other Officials Decry Decision To Remove Wampanoag Land From Trust
(Massachusetts) -- Presidential candidates, Massachusetts legislators and more than 200,000 petitioners have rallied around the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe after the...
article Abrupt Action by Federal Government Puts Mashpee Casino Project in Jeopardy
(Massachusetts) -- A recent decision by the federal government to take some 300 acres of Mashpee Wampanoag land out of federal trust does not affect the Wampanoag Tribe...
article Trump administration revokes reservation status for Mashpee Wampanoag tribe amid coronavirus crisis
(Massachusetts) -- While Indian Country was responding to the growing number of coronavirus cases in its communities late Friday, the Trump administration was busy...

4/1/2020

article Mashpee tribe launches new legal fight to retain reservation
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction that would delay the tribe...
article OP/ED: DOI decision against Mashpee Wampanoag sets dangerous precedent
(Massachusetts) -- While most tribal nations throughout Indian Country were working on ways to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of...
article Supporters rally around Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Since the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received the news March 27 that its land would be taken out of trust, it has received an outpouring of support and...

3/31/2020

article BLOG: The US government just "disestablished" a Native American reservation
(Massachusetts) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs told the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe on Friday that the tribe's reservation will be "disestablished"...
article Federal bureau revoking reservation status for Massachusetts tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is losing reservation status for over 300 acres in Massachusetts under a Trump administration rollback. The Mashpee...
article Feds revoking reservation status for tribe's 300 acres
(Massachusetts) -- A tribe is losing reservation status for its more than 300 acres in Massachusetts, raising fears among Native American groups that other tribes could...
article Mashpee Tribe Slams Government Decision to Remove Reservation from Federal Trust
(Massachusetts) -- Four hundred years ago, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in Massachusetts allied with English settlers in Plymouth and helped them through their first year...
article Devastating Blow to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Impacts All of Indian Country
(Massachusetts) -- When Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman Cedric Cromwell took a call from the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional office late last Friday afternoon, he...
article Federal bureau revoking reservation status for Massachusetts tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is losing reservation status for over 300 acres in Massachusetts under a Trump administration rollback. The Mashpee...
article US Government Revokes Mashpee Tribe's Reservation Status
(Massachusetts) -- Four hundred years ago, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in Massachusetts allied with English settlers in Plymouth and helped them through their first year...

3/30/2020

article Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey pledge to fight ‘craven’ move to ‘disestablish’ Mashpee Wampanoag reservation
(Massachusetts) -- Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are pledging to fight the decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to “disestablish...
article Massachusetts politicians riled by Trump administration tribal land decision
(Massachusetts) -- Federal lawmakers are pledging to fight back against the Trump administration's decision late last week to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag...
article Native Americans Fight Multiple COVID-19 Crises
(Massachusetts) -- On March 27, chairman Cedric Cromwell of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in Massachusetts published a statement saying the federal government was taking...
article Supporters rally around Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Since the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received the news Friday that its land would be taken out of trust, it has received an outpouring of support and...
article This Is Crisis Colonization
(Massachusetts) -- On Saturday morning, as hundreds of tribes were mobilizing their emergency responses to the coronavirus, a shock wave reverberated through Indian...
article Trump moves to take away land from Mashpee tribe — whose casino plans irked president’s ‘special interest friends’
(Massachusetts) -- The tribal chairman said the announcement came “on the very day that the United States has reached a record 100,000 confirmed cases of the...
article Why Does This Administration* Have Its Grubby Fingerprints on a Casino Controversy in Massachusetts?
(Massachusetts) -- Long ago, El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago unburdened himself in Congress on the subject of Native American tribes and their casinos, which, unlike his, are...

3/29/2020

article Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren accuse Trump administration of ‘craven’ political games
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren released a joint statement after the Department of the Interior announced the...
article Tribal Chairman Says Trump Administration Ordered Land Taken Out Of Trust
(Massachusetts) -- The secretary of the Department of the Interior has ordered that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation land be disestablished, Tribal...
article Tribal leader: ‘This is not the end’ after federal gov’t disestablishes reservation
(Massachusetts) -- An unprecedented decision by the U.S. secretary of the Interior to rescind the Mashpee Wampanoag’s land-into-trust comes as a “hardcore...
article Wampanoag chairman: Interior Secretary orders land taken out of trust
(Massachusetts) -- Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has ordered that the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation be “disestablished” and its land taken out of trust,...
article Why the Trump administration is moving to ‘disestablish’ a Massachusetts tribe’s reservation
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is pledging to fight a move by President Donald Trump’s administration to “disestablish” its reservation...

3/28/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag Ordered to "Disestablish Reservation =" by Dept. of Interior
(Massachusetts) -- In the midst of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on his tribe, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman Cedric Cromwell says he was informed...
article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is losing its reservation
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will lose its reservation status by order of the US Secretary of the Interior, the tribe’s leader said Saturday....
article Mashpee Wampanoag: Feds have ordered reservation to be ‘disestablished,’ land taken out of trust
(Massachusetts) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has notified the Mashpee Wampanoag that their reservation will be disestablished and the land taken out of trust...
press release Message from the Chairman: We Will Take Action to Prevent the Loss of Our Land
(Massachusetts) -- At 4:00 pm today -- on the very day that the United States has reached a record 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and our Tribe is...
article Secretary Of Interior Orders Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation 'Disestablished,' Tribe Says
(Massachusetts) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs told the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe on Friday that the tribe's reservation will be "disestablished"...

3/25/2020

article Mashpee Veterans Memorial Project Moves Forward
(Massachusetts) -- A project to upgrade the Veterans Garden across from Mashpee Town Hall moved ahead with the recent installation of two new flagpoles, one flying the...

3/19/2020

article Tribal offices, afterschool programs closed
(Massachusetts) -- Administrative offices for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) are closed and employees are working remotely, Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chair of...

3/17/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community And Government Center Closes
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center closed until further notice on Tuesday, March 17, as a precaution amid concerns over...

3/13/2020

article Mashpee tribe has another round of layoffs
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has gone through another round of layoffs. At least two people were laid off in the past few weeks, according to Steven...

3/11/2020

article Tribe Plans To Build New Child Care Center
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is planning to build a new child care center in the Wampanoag Village housing area off of Meetinghouse Road in Mashpee. In...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe mourns loss of 4-year-old boy
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is mourning the death of a 4-year-old boy following his long battle with a rare genetic disorder. Bryson Hendricks, a...

3/10/2020

article Bill to benefit Wareham Park track-slots-entertainment complex gets boost from South Shore Chamber
(Massachusetts) -- Business officials on the South Shore are getting behind legislation that would allow the Gaming Commission to license a slots parlor rather than a...
article Chamber of Commerce supports southern Mass. gambling expansion
(Massachusetts) -- While a Massachusetts legislative considers a bill that would allow for a proposed racetrack and casino to be built in Wareham, one group seems to be...

3/9/2020

article Casino legislation endorsed by South Coast Chamber as report delayed still further
(Massachusetts) -- As a legislative committee has pushed its report on the bill that could allow for the proposed racetrack and casino in Wareham to June 1, the bill has...

3/6/2020

article Wareham slots bid gets boost from South Shore business group
(Massachusetts) -- Business officials on the South Shore are getting behind legislation that would allow the Gaming Commission to license a slots parlor rather than a...

3/5/2020

article Quincy developer's gambling proposal gets boost from Chamber of Commerce
(Massachusetts) -- The South Shore Chamber of Commerce is supporting legislation that would allow the state Gaming Commission to license a slots parlor rather than a...
article Should a resort-style casino be developed in Southeastern Massachusetts?
(Massachusetts) -- The citizens and local communities of Southeastern Massachusetts deserve the same opportunities as the rest of our state. Under the Expanded Gaming...
article Slots bid gets boost from South Shore business group
(Massachusetts) -- Business officials on the South Shore are getting behind legislation that would allow the Gaming Commission to license a slots parlor rather than a...
article OP/ED: Should a resort-style casino be developed in Southeastern Massachusetts?
(Massachusetts) -- The citizens and local communities of Southeastern Massachusetts deserve the same opportunities as the rest of our state. Under the Expanded Gaming...

3/4/2020

article Brockton Casino Hopeful Rush Street Was Second-Biggest Lobbying Spender in Massachusetts Last Year
(Massachusetts) -- Mass Gaming & Entertainment (MG&E), the Rush Street Gaming-backed outfit pushing for a controversial casino project in Brockton, Massachusetts...

3/2/2020

article Appeals Court Denies Tribe’s Quest for Casino Land
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court has ruled against a Native American tribe that had been granted sovereign land to build a casino in Taunton. The U.S. Court of...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe loses appeal in homelands case
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe cannot restore its homelands through the land-into-trust process, a federal appeals court ruled last week in a major blow...
article Massachusetts regulators want public input on Southeast casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission issued a public comment at the end of January asking residents in Bristol, Plymouth, Nantucket, Dukes and...

3/1/2020

article Boston appeals court rejects land grant to tribe seeking casino
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court has ruled against a Native American tribe that had been granted sovereign land to build a casino in Massachusetts. The U.S....

2/28/2020

article Appeals Court Denies Mashpee Wampanoag Request For Casino Land
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court has ruled against a Native American tribe that had been granted sovereign land to build a casino in Massachusetts. The U.S....
article Court denies Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s appeal for land and casino; tribe calls decision a ‘grave injustice to indigenous people’
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanonag Tribe suffered another major setback in its quest to secure the status of its land and its hopes to build a casino in Taunton....
article First Circuit Shuts Down Tribe’s Plan for Massachusetts Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Denied a reversal in its fight to build a $1 billion casino in Massachusetts, the chairman of a Cape Cod-based Native American tribe says the effort...
article Mashpee tribe leader turns to Trump for help
(Massachusetts) -- The leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has called upon President Donald Trump for help in the wake of another court ruling that threatens the tribe...

2/27/2020

article Court rejects Mashpee tribe’s appeal of land-in-trust ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The Interior Department lacked authority to take land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in 2015, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe loses crucial appeal in casino case
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Thursday was dealt another major setback in its effort to build a casino in Taunton, losing a federal appeals court...

2/20/2020

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Flag Flies After Apparent Vandalism
(Massachusetts) -- After an apparent act of vandalism, a Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe flag flying outside a tribal council member’s home in Gray Gables in Bourne bears...

2/18/2020

article Tribe member says Wampanoag flag vandalized
(Massachusetts) -- A Mashpee Wampanoag flag in the front yard of a tribal member’s home has apparently been vandalized. The flag hanging outside tribal council...

2/7/2020

article Mashpee tribe presses bid for sovereignty
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stepped out of a federal court Wednesday feeling hopeful. “I’m feeling like our attorneys did a...

2/6/2020

article Federal appeals court to review Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe claim
(Massachusetts) -- On February 5, a federal appeals court in Boston heard arguments over a long-standing dispute between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and local residents...
article Mashpee Tribe Back in Court to Defend Soveriegnty and Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe had its day in a federal appeals court Wednesday, as its lawyers argued for the tribe’s right to self-governance and...
article Mashpee Tribe Back in Court to Fight for Sovereignty and $1 Billion Genting-Backed Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe had its day in a federal appeals court Wednesday, as its lawyers argued for the tribe’s right to self-governance and...
article Massachusetts federal court considers tribe's request for casino land
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe asked the First Circuit on Wednesday for permission to offer more modern-day hospitality at a $1 billion casino resort.

2/5/2020

article Appeals Court Weighs Tribe’s Quest for Casino Land
(Massachusetts) -- A Native American tribe's long running effort to secure sovereign land for a casino in Massachusetts is now in the hands of a federal appeals...
article Crossroads at 1st Circuit in Tribe’s Bid for Taunton Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Native American tribe that joined with the Pilgrims for the first Thanksgiving in 1621 asked the First Circuit on Wednesday for permission to...
article Mashpee casino plan could hinge on a few words in a 1934 law
(Massachusetts) -- Millions of dollars and years of debate have gone into the question of whether the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will be able to build a tribal casino in...
article Mashpee tribe presses bid for sovereignty
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stepped out of a federal court Wednesday feeling hopeful. “I’m feeling like our attorneys did a...
article Mashpee Wampanoag call US action ‘another black mark’
(Massachusetts) -- A federal appeals court in Boston is hearing arguments Wednesday in a long-running dispute over a Native American tribe's efforts to certify...
article Littlefield v. Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments in Littlefield v Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe, No. 16-2484, in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 5...

2/4/2020

article Tribe behind Taunton casino ready for appeal hearing
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe will get a hearing before a federal judge this week to appeal a 2016 ruling that 321 acres of reservation land in Mashpee...
article Sen. Elizabeth Warren Hit Over Fake Native American Ties, Real Casino Deal
(Massachusetts) -- Hot on the heels of seemingly coming in third in the chaotic Iowa caucuses, Sen. Elizabeth Warren finds herself targeted by a new attack ad raising a...
article What do you get when a political ad combines Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Native American tribe and a Malaysian casino company? A complicated story
(Massachusetts) -- After President Donald Trump slurred Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a Navajo Veterans event in 2017, referring to the Democratic...

2/1/2020

article Massachusetts considers reopening casino license competition
(Massachusetts) -- Does Massachusetts need another casino? State gambling regulators are seeking public comment on this question and others as they weigh whether to...

1/31/2020

article Appellate Court Agrees to Hear Mashpee’s Legal Fight for Reservation
(Massachusetts) -- First US Circuit Court of Appeals agrees to go ahead with the hearings of the tribe’s appeal regarding the federal court ruling of 2016 that...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stands alone in battle for homelands
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is heading to court next week to defend the status of its reservation in Massachusetts. The reservation was placed in...

1/30/2020

article Appellate Court to Hear Mashpee Legal Fight for Reservation, First Light Casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts will have 15 minutes next week to plead for its reservation and for the right to build a $1 billion...
article Court to hear tribe's appeal of land ruling in Taunton casino case
(Massachusetts) -- The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals next week will take up the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s appeal of a federal court decision that the Interior...

1/29/2020

article Outside group to launch Warren attack ad over Native American land rights bill
(Massachusetts) -- An outside group is launching a new attack ad on Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren over the Massachusetts senator’s endorsement...

1/28/2020

article Federal Court To Hear Oral Arguments In Wampanoag Appeal
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s appeal of a federal court determination that the government could not take the tribe’s land into trust will...

1/11/2020

article The mystery of the Mayflower and the vanishing crown jewels
(UK) -- President Trump could have another cultural heritage headache on his hands in the year that celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ship arriving in...

1/8/2020

article Mayflower 400 Commemorations in UK to Showcase Wampanoag Stories
(UK) -- The Wampanoag, the American Indian nation that made first contact with the Mayflower “Pilgrim” settlers and whose first autumn feast with those...

1/5/2020

article Mayflower 400 events could help recover lost Native American treasure
(Massachusetts) -- Native Americans whose ancestors suffered at the hands of 17th-century European settlers and adventurers are hoping commemorative events marking the...

12/22/2019

article BOSTON GLOBE: Run the numbers before gambling on third casino
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators have been in no hurry to award a third casino license in Massachusetts, and the disappointing financial performance of the...

12/20/2019

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission Moves Forward With Third Full-Scale Commercial Casino Consideration
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) isn’t ready to fold on the final full-scale commercial casino license it could potentially issue for...

12/19/2019

article Gaming commission takes baby step on Southeastern Mass. casino
(Massachusetts) -- “We ask that whatever else you do ... you recognize that the ongoing delay comes at a tremendous human and financial cost,” the company...

12/5/2019

article Rush Street Gaming Remains Committed to Massachusetts Casino
(Massachusetts) -- One final Massachusetts casino integrated resort license remains earmarked for the southeastern part of the state, and Chicago-based Rush Street...
article State regulators wade through Mashpee tribe’s casino issues
(Massachusetts) -- As they continue to mull the question of issuing the final casino license available under an 8-year-old law, gaming commissioners were brought up to...

11/28/2019

article The Magnifying Glass: Mashpee Roads Commemorate Native Americans
(Massachusetts) -- This is the second article in honor and recognition of November being Native American Heritage Month. As in the first article, this second column...

11/22/2019

article ‘“Our’ Story” about Wampanoag history is first public exhibit at Mohegan Tribe’s Cultural Preservation Center
(Connecticut) -- Next year marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in what was then Patuxet and is now Plymouth, Mass. For years, American schoolchildren...

11/21/2019

article Eight Years Later, Lack Of A Casino In Southeastern Mass. Leads To A New Kind of Proposal
(Massachusetts) -- In the eight years casino gambling has been legal in Massachusetts, a series of hurdles has beset the industry, leaving the state one casino short of...

11/14/2019

article Wampanoag Tribal Elections are Sunday
(Massachusetts) -- Incumbent chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Cheryl Andrews-Maltais will face a challenge from political newcomer Kevin Devine in...

11/11/2019

article Mashpee Elects First Wampanoag Select Board Member In A Decade
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee has elected its first Wampanoag selectboard member in over ten years. David Weeden, who also serves as the Mashpee Wampanoag’s historic...

11/7/2019

article Tribe: Casino Not A Question Of ‘If’ Or ‘How’ But ‘When’
(Massachusetts) -- As the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in recent weeks has sought a status update on the litigation that has put a hold on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...

11/6/2019

article Judge Misused 'Such' In Denying Tribe's Casino, 1st Circ. Told [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe told the First Circuit in a brief filed Monday that a federal judge was wrong to say the U.S. Department of the...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Vows $1 Billion Massachusetts Casino Will Be Built
(Massachusetts) -- Despite an appalling series of setbacks, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts said this week it was confident its planned $1 billion casino...

11/4/2019

article Statement from Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe - Region C Response
(Massachusetts) -- On Thursday, October 24, 2019, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) agreed to have its executive director and legal team work up a comprehensive...
article Wampanoag Tribe Pledges to Continue Casino Fight
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reiterated its intent on Monday to move forward with a casino resort project in Taunton. The tribe has been fighting in...
press release Mashpee Wampanoags Confirm Development is Real and Ready
(Massachusetts) -- On Thursday, October 24, 2019, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) agreed to have its executive director and legal team work up a comprehensive...

11/1/2019

article Will the casino ever become a reality? Here’s what the Taunton City Council candidates think
(Massachusetts) -- With Tuesday’s election just around the corner, the Taunton Daily Gazette reached out to the 17 candidates vying for nine seats on the City...
article A Chance for New History: Mashpee Elects First Wampanoag Select Board Member in a Decade
(Massachusetts) -- Mashpee has elected its first Wampanoag selectboard member in over ten years. David Weeden, who also serves as the Mashpee Wampanoag’s historic...

10/30/2019

article Wareham Racino Option Further Fuels Massachusetts Casino Debate
(Massachusetts) -- A proposed Wareham, Massachusetts racino has created new legislative controversy as officials continue to disagree over what type of gaming venue to...

10/25/2019

article Massachusetts regulator wants to know Mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino’s legal status
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission agreed Thursday to have its executive director and legal team work up a comprehensive briefing on the ongoing...

10/24/2019

article Mass. regulators are in no hurry to award their last casino license
(Massachusetts) -- It’s still out there: One license to operate a resort casino in Southeastern Massachusetts, never used. But the prospect that state gambling...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission wants briefing on Mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino status
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators want to know the exact status of federal litigation around the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s quest to secure land in trust before making...

10/22/2019

article Sen. Pacheco slams ‘self-serving’ slots-track proposal for Wareham
(Massachusetts) -- Local officials and a developer pitched lawmakers Tuesday on a bill that would pave the way for a planned horse track and gambling facility in Wareham...

10/20/2019

article PASSING: Shirley L. Mills, 90
(Massachusetts) -- Shirley L. “Misqua Wahan” Mills, 90, went peacefully to her final rest on Friday, October 4 surrounded by her loving family. Misqua Wahan...

10/19/2019

article OPINION: Stop casino expansion in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Back in November 2011, Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation to expand gaming in Massachusetts. The move was in response to the amount of money being...

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