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Tribe Wants More Time On Appeal

Ten days after the executive branch of the federal government dealt a blow to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's efforts to protect its reservation, tribal attorneys are requesting another week to submit a legal plan to an appeals court.

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11/15/2018

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

11/14/2018

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

11/13/2018

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

11/11/2018

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

11/6/2018

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

10/26/2018

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

10/25/2018

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

10/22/2018

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

10/20/2018

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

10/19/2018

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

10/15/2018

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

10/10/2018

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

10/9/2018

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

10/7/2018

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

10/6/2018

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

10/5/2018

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

10/1/2018

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

9/29/2018

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

9/28/2018

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

9/27/2018

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

9/26/2018

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

9/25/2018

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

9/24/2018

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

9/23/2018

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

9/22/2018

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

9/21/2018

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

9/20/2018

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

9/19/2018

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

9/18/2018

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

9/17/2018

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

9/16/2018

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

9/14/2018

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

9/13/2018

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

9/12/2018

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

9/11/2018

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

9/10/2018

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

9/9/2018

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

9/8/2018

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

9/7/2018

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

9/6/2018

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

9/5/2018

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

9/4/2018

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

9/3/2018

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

9/2/2018

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

9/1/2018

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

8/28/2018

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

8/27/2018

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

8/25/2018

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

8/23/2018

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

8/22/2018

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

8/21/2018

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

8/9/2018

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

8/1/2018

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

7/31/2018

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

7/30/2018

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

7/28/2018

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

7/26/2018

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

7/25/2018

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

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