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YEAR IN REVIEW: Tribe Looks To Secure Its Land

It has been a tumultuous year for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and its efforts to preserve its reservation land. Tribal members have rallied in the streets of Mashpee and outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, and their efforts are sure to continue in 2019.

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9/13/2019

article Injunction to be filed to force tribal recall election
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Election Committee’s abrupt cancellation of Sunday’s recall election for two top Tribal Council officials was met...
article Casino developer loses out on bid for new Massachusetts casino
(Massachusetts) -- Timing is everything in business and, apparently, Mass Gaming and Entertainment (MG&E), a casino developer, had poor timing in Massachusetts....
article Massachusetts regulators won’t reconsider Brockton’s proposed casino
(Massachusetts) -- Mass Gaming and Entertainment, a venture-backed by Chicago real estate magnate Neil Bluhm, had sought to reintroduce its plans for a $677 million...
press release Statement from Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe - Mass. Gaming Commission, Region C
(Massachusetts) -- On Thursday, September 12, 2019, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (Commission), by a vote of 3-1 issued their second public rejection of the...

9/11/2019

article BOSTON HERALD: Warren doubles down on backing troubled casino project
(Massachusetts) -- Warren’s Wampanoags are at it again. For months, Massachusetts Sen. Liz Warren has been pushing Congress to override a federal judge and the...

9/8/2019

article Allegations against tribal leaders come to head
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe looking to unseat their top executive officers intend to make their case for financial mismanagement at the...

9/5/2019

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Treasurers Subpoenaed by Federal Grand Jury
(Massachusetts) -- The current and former chief financial officers of Massachusetts’ Mashpee Wampanoag tribe have been subpoenaed for reasons that are currently unclear...
article Wareham Rep. Gifford files bill to allow casino or slots parlor in region
(Massachusetts) -- The House on Thursday referred to committee a bill from state Rep. Susan Williams Gifford, R-Wareham, to allow the Gaming Commission the discretion to...

9/4/2019

article Current, former Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe treasurers subpoenaed
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s chief financial officer and his predecessor have been subpoenaed in recent weeks, according to sources familiar...

9/2/2019

article Martha’s Vineyard Casino Building Site to Get Safety Improvements as Legal Battle Continues
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head this week will start securing the construction site for a future bingo hall on Martha’s Vineyard after reaching...

8/26/2019

article Annual tribe event promotes boxing as recovery tool
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is gearing up to host a charity boxing exhibition Aug. 31 aimed at raising awareness about addiction.

8/25/2019

article Mashpee Wampanoag leader silent on possible competitor in Wareham
(Massachusetts) -- When Mass Gaming & Entertainment asked state gambling regulators last summer if they would reconsider awarding the company a license to build a...

8/23/2019

article Cashing in on gambling with ‘mini’ casino
(Massachusetts) -- Another day, another developer wanting to cash in on what they clearly hope is the public’s near-insatiable need to gamble. The latest scheme...

8/22/2019

article HUD Official Tours As Wampanoag Housing Nears Completion
(Massachusetts) -- The frames of several soon-to-be completed buildings stood amid plots of dirt and construction as General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and...

8/21/2019

article Key State Senator Says A Wareham Racino Would 'Corrupt' Casino Planning
(Massachusetts) -- The developer behind projects like Quincy's Marina Bay and Granite Links wants to build a $300 million horse racetrack and slots parlor in Wareham...
article Lessons in Native American culture at Martin House
(Massachusetts) -- This Sunday, Aug. 25, Martin House Farm will welcome the public for a presentation by a Wampanoag representative, beginning at 1 p.m. The Swansea area...

8/20/2019

article Proposed Horse Track And Slots Parlor In Wareham Would Need Help From Beacon Hill
(Massachusetts) -- ... But multiple hurdles lie ahead before any hooves start kicking up dirt. Those challenges include the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s plan to build...

8/18/2019

article Election date set for Sept. 15 to unseat Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe top officers
(Massachusetts) -- A recall election to unseat the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s chief executive and financial officers has a date. The election to replace Tribal...

8/14/2019

article Tribal Chairman Recall Petition Moving Forward
(Massachusetts) -- A date has been set for the recall election of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell and treasurer Gordon Harris. The special...

7/22/2019

article Source: Mashpee Wampanoag end contract with former congressman
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is no longer paying The Delahunt Group LLC, but the longtime lobbyist will continue working for the tribe on a pro-bono...

7/11/2019

article Bridgewater state rep: Southeast deserves shot at casino, jobs
(Massachusetts) -- A lawmaker from Plymouth County told Gaming Commission officials on Thursday that it's time to make a decision about the possibility of a casino...
article Massachusetts Tribal Casino Legal Fight Expected to Conclude This Fall
(Massachusetts) -- The tribal casino dilemma in Massachusetts is scheduled to be resolved this October, as all parties involved in the legal battle have agreed to a set...

7/9/2019

article Parties in tribe lawsuit agree to timeline
(Massachusetts) -- The parties in the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior have agreed to a timeline that could see the...

7/4/2019

article Spending On Lobbyist Makes Mashpee Taxpayer Uneasy
(Massachusetts) -- President Donald J. Trump’s administration has posed problems for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Under his former appointee Ryan Zinke, the US...

7/3/2019

article Wampanoag Tribe Receives Grant For Youth Culture Retention
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe recently received a $19,100 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. This award will...

7/1/2019

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Receives Grant
(Massachusetts) -- The First Nations Development Institue of Longmont, Colorado has awarded the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe a $19,100 grant. This award will support the...

6/29/2019

article Gaming Commission OKs briefing for Southeast Mass. casino
(Massachusetts) -- As gaming regulators resolved to get fully up to speed on what it would take to authorize a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts, state Sen....

6/28/2019

article Brockton senator wants city to have another chance at casino
(Massachusetts) -- As gaming regulators resolved to get fully up to speed on what it would take to authorize a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts, Sen. Michael...

6/27/2019

article Gaming Commission ready to reconsider talks of state’s third casino license
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators announced Thursday it will revisit talks of the state’s third casino in southeastern Massachusetts. Talks of the...
article Regulators agree to Region C casino briefing
(Massachusetts) -- As gaming regulators resolved to get fully up to speed on what it would take to authorize a resort casino in Southeastern Massachusetts, Sen. Michael...
article Sen. Michael Brady makes the case to revive Brockton casino proposal
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Sen. Michael Brady asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to reconsider a proposal for a $677 million casino in Brockton, a project...
article Senator Markey Seeks Success For Tribal Bill
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (HR 312) “should become law,” according to Senator Edward J. Markey (D-...

6/26/2019

article Wampanoag Leaders Calls for Unity Following Latest Court Victory
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe is celebrating its most recent victory in ongoing litigation in the nation’s capital against the U.S. Department of...

6/24/2019

article Tribe’s suit against feds to stay in Washington
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is celebrating a decision Friday to keep its lawsuit against the federal government in Washington, D.C. — this over...

6/13/2019

article Mashpee gaming fund account inexplicably short $250 million
(Massachusetts) -- If there were any chance that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in Massachusetts was going to be able to continue its plans to build a casino in the state,...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe leadership being accused of deficient fiscal acumen
(Massachusetts) -- Ahead of its next general meeting on Sunday and some members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are reportedly calling for their leadership to be replaced...

6/11/2019

article Long-time Mashpee Selectman Cahalane Dies at 72
(Massachusetts) -- A long-time Mashpee Selectman died Saturday morning. John Cahalane was 72. He was serving in his 7th term and 20th year as a selectman. Last week,...

6/9/2019

article Robocall highlights alleged misdeeds by tribal leaders
(Massachusetts) -- A robocall by members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe circulated over the weekend ahead of Sunday’s general membership meeting, urging attendance...

5/30/2019

article Tribal Council Chairman Recall Moving Forward
(Massachusetts) -- A week after the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe had a landmark bill pass through the US House of Representatives, a petition is moving forward to oust tribal...
article Carney buys Taunton Galleria mall for $7.5 million at foreclosure auction
(Massachusetts) -- Following a foreclosure auction Friday morning in the parking lot, the Silver City Galleria mall has a new owner. Brockton resident and investor Chris...

5/28/2019

article Effort to recall tribal chairman Cedric Cromwell moves ahead
(Massachusetts) -- The recall process to remove Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal council Chairman Cedric Cromwell has been set in motion. The tribe’s Election Committee...
article Genting Malaysia Berhad Sees Lower Quarterly Profit As Theme Park Contract Termination Highlighted
(Massachusetts) -- ... Tribal Casino Faces Questionable Future: Another issue raised in the Q1 note is a Massachusetts tribal casino — supported by Genting...

5/26/2019

article Wampanoag tribe fights latest in long history of ills
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe typically takes the long view when confronted with yet another setback in the four tumultuous centuries since it greeted...

5/22/2019

article What’s behind lobbyist attempts to block casinos on Native land?
(Massachusetts) -- President Donald Trump threw his weight against a bipartisan House bill last week that would affirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s right to 321...

5/19/2019

article Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet
(Washington D.C.) -- The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved one of Indian Country's longest-running legislative priorities on Wednesday even as...
article CAPE COD TIMES: Gambling on a moral decision
(Massachusetts) -- This past Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives finally took a step it should have taken long ago, voting 275-146 to pass a bill to place land...

5/18/2019

article The Roll Call: How area members of Congress voted last week
(Washington D.C.) -- MASSACHUSETTS TRIBAL LAND: The House has passed the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (H.R. 312), sponsored by Rep. William R....

5/17/2019

article Carney buys Taunton Galleria mall for $7.5 million at foreclosure auction
(Massachusetts) -- Following a foreclosure auction Friday morning in the parking lot, the Silver City Galleria mall has a new owner. Brockton resident and investor Chris...
article House Passes Legislation to Reaffirm Wampanoag Land In Trust
(Massachusetts) -- Legislation that would reaffirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s federal land in trust was approved by the House Wednesday. The bill, which was...

5/16/2019

article Bill to Restore Mashpee Land Rights and Casino Ambitions Passed by US House, Despite Trump Opposition
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that would secure the federal trust status of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts’ land was approved by the US House Wednesday.
article House Overwhelmingly Supports Tribal Legislation
(Washington D.C.) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (HR 312), passed the US House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon, May 15. After an...
article House votes to clear way for Mashpee tribal casino amid Trump-Warren feuding
(Massachusetts) -- The House passed Wednesday legislation to pave the way for a Massachusetts tribal casino, an issue that landed on the national stage thanks to support...
article Seeking to open a casino, Wampanoag win in House, but Senate and Trump may resist
(Washington D.C.) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s plans to build a $1 billion casino in Taunton took a step forward Wednesday with the passage of a bill in the US...
article Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet
(Washington D.C.) -- The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved one of Indian Country's longest-running legislative priorities on Wednesday even as...
article U.S. House OKs Bill to Aid Mashpee $1B Casino Bid
(Washington D.C.) -- The House on Wednesday approved a bill reaffirming the right of a Massachusetts tribe to hold land in trust, a crucial step to building a $1 billion...
article EDITORIAL: Respect critical for state-tribal relations today
(South Dakota) -- Treaty disputes, historical aggression, poverty and cultural differences impede every inch of headway toward racial reconciliation in South Dakota. The...
article EDITORIAL: The President And The Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- President Trump has had a lot on his plate lately. There’s the trade war with China, with the broken-down negotiations and the resulting duel in...

5/14/2019

article Derailment of Mass. casino spotlights Trump’s R.I., Twin River connections
(Rhode Island) -- The president was against the bill, he wrote, because it was “unfair and doesn’t treat Native Americans equally!” Between a boast...
article OP/ED: Trump intervenes as GOP looks to be giving Warren a win on Indian casino
(Massachusetts) -- I wrote about how, in a reversal of position, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is backing an Indian gaming bill tied to special interests. The bill aims to...
article What's At Stake In The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Land Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- National legislation aimed at preserving the federal trust status of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s land is expected to go to a vote before the...

5/13/2019

article A riddle in New England: A casino, 321 acres of Indian tribal land and a presidential tweet
(Washington D.C.) -- Between a boast about bringing jobs to Ohio and a statement of sympathy for victims of a school shooting in Colorado, President Trump last week...
article What's At Stake In The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Land Bill
(Massachusetts) -- National legislation aimed at preserving the federal trust status of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s land is expected to go to a vote before the...

5/12/2019

article ICYMI: Trump to R.I.’s rescue? Vote on Taunton casino bill scrapped after president’s tweet
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has come to the aid of Rhode Island Democrats fighting the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s land-rights claims and plans to...
article Editorial: Donald Trump to the rescue
(Rhode Island) -- It was odd to see President Trump, of all people, come to the rescue of Rhode Island the other day. But any port in a storm, as they say. Mr. Trump put...

5/10/2019

article Cromwell Responds After Mashpee Tribe Bill Pulled from House Floor
(Massachusetts) -- Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Cedric Cromwell is urging Americans to continue supporting H.R. 312 after federal lawmakers pulled the bill...
article Mashpee tribe fires back after Trump tweet
(Massachusetts) -- With a single tweet, President Donald Trump thrust the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s multiyear fight over its land into the national spotlight. And...
article Trump Tweet Stalls Mashpee Wampanoag Legislation
(Massachusetts) -- A presidential tweet has delayed a vote on legislation reaffirming the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe as trust land in Massachusetts. The U.S. House of...

5/9/2019

article 'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting
(Washington D.C.) -- Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney said she was at the White House on Wednesday, just as her boss was sending out a racial tweet...
article Congressional tribal casino bill not a favorite with Trump
(Massachusetts) -- House Bill 312 (HB 312) looks to give federal support to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts. It would return two pieces of land in the state...
article Dems pull casino bills after social media criticism from Trump
(Massachusetts) -- Democratic leaders have pulled two bills concerning Native American tribes from the House floor after President Donald Trump criticized one of the...
article National Congress of American Indians Responds to Trump Tweet that Stalled Two Tribal Nations Bills
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the...
article Trump bashes Warren, calls on Republicans to vote against Native American land bill
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump urged congressional Republicans on Wednesday to vote against a bill that would keep the reservation of a Native American tribe in...
article Trump to R.I.'s rescue? Vote on Taunton casino bill scrapped after president's tweet
(Rhode Island) -- The U.S. House of Representatives was expected to vote Wednesday on a bill sponsored by Massachusetts Democrat William Keating that would allow land to...
article Trump tweet stalls Mashpee tribe land bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal lawmakers pulled from the House floor Wednesday a bill that would save the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land and casino hopes after...
article US House freezes casino bills after opposition from Donald Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- House Democrats on Wednesday were forced to delay votes on a pair of tribal casino bills after President Donald Trump issued a tweet urging...

5/8/2019

article BLOG: Trump blasted for 'racism, disrespect, and sabotage' of Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Trump is facing heat for issuing a racist statement attacking a Native American tribe in Massachusetts. In a late morning tweet on Wednesday, Trump...
article Democrats pull Mashpee Wampanoag bill after Trump tweets opposition
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump weighed in against the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s plan to build a $1 billion casino in Taunton on Wednesday, and shortly...
article House Dems delay votes on tribal bills after Trump lashes out
(Washington D.C.) -- Democratic leaders pulled a pair of tribal bills from the House floor Wednesday to avoid their failure after President Donald Trump — echoing...
article President Donald Trump Tweets Opposition to Tribal Casino Bill Backed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren
(Washington D.C.) -- A congressional tribal casino bill in the US House of Representatives won’t have the support of President Donald Trump should the legislation...
article The Complicated Story Behind Trump’s Casino Tweet
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump shot off a tweet that knocked a proposal he characterized as “a special interest casino Bill....
article Trump Goes to Bat for His Pal Matt Schlapp's Casino Client
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday weighed in on an obscure piece of legislation granting rights to a Native American tribe seeking a casino in...
article Trump tweets: GOP shouldn’t vote for casino bill, ‘backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren’
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday and urged Republicans to vote against H.R. 321, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act...
article Trump’s Taunton casino tweet sparks outrage and applause
(Massachusetts) -- President Donald Trump’s tweet bashing the bill aimed at breathing new life into the beleaguered Taunton casino project has sparked a firestorm...
article Trump’s tweet derails House bill opposed by lobbyist with close White House ties
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump on Wednesday helped derail a bipartisan casino bill opposed by a key White House ally after tying the measure to Sen. Elizabeth...

5/6/2019

article Consultant: R.I. revenue from sports betting will sputter into 2020
(Rhode Island) -- What’s more, longtime state adviser Christiensen Capital Advisors says, if the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe builds a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts...

5/5/2019

article BLOG: Why Are Some Republicans Trying To Hand Warren A Win On Her Casino Bill?
(Washington D.C.) -- When the Department of the Interior overturned an Obama-era decision and ruled against a casino project for the Massachusetts-based Mashpee...

5/3/2019

article Wampanoag Holding Memorial Unveiling
(Massachusetts) -- On Sunday, May 5th, the Mashpee Wampanoag, friends and family will celebrate the unveiling of the Alice May Lopez Memorial Statue at the Mashpee...

5/2/2019

article House Committee Advances Mashpee Wampanoag Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Legislation that would preserve the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s federal land in trust passed a key House committee on Wednesday. It’s a...
article Mashpee tribe bill headed to House floor for vote
(Massachusetts) -- Federal legislation that would protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s beleaguered reservation is headed to the House floor for a full vote. The...

5/1/2019

article Tribal Bill Moves To Full House Of Representatives
(Washington D.C.) -- Members of the US House of Representatives' Committee on Natural Resources voted 26 in favor and 10 against in support of the Mashpee Wampanoag...
article Tribe To Unveil Statue Honoring Tribe's First Housing Director
(Massachusetts) -- Sunday, May 5 will be a special moment for Mashpee Wampanaog Tribal members and housing advocates as a ceremony will be held honoring the tribe’...
article Tribe To Unveil Statue Honoring Tribe's First Housing Director
(Massachusetts) -- Sunday, May 5 will be a special moment for Mashpee Wampanaog Tribal members and housing advocates as a ceremony will be held honoring the tribe’...

4/29/2019

article Full Committee To Mark Up Tribal Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The full United States House of Representatives' Committee on Natural Resources will convene to review a number of bills on Wednesday, May 1,...
article House moves closer to affirming Mashpee Wampanoag reservation
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal legislation that seeks to clarify the status of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation will be marked up and considered Wednesday...

4/28/2019

article Man Spotted Poaching On Tribal Land
(Massachusetts) -- A man caught poaching herring on tribal land has run afoul of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The Wampanoag Police Department’s Facebook page...

4/27/2019

article Mashpee Wampanoag Police Expose Poacher
(Massachusetts) -- "If you are NOT a Registered Tribal Member. It is ILLEGAL to do what this this guy did. Unless you are a Registered Member of a Native American...

4/26/2019

article Genting Malaysia partner Mashpee Wampanoag tribe falling apart
(Massachusetts) -- After causing plenty of trouble for their Genting Malaysia partner, two leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are now in hot water themselves. The...
article Wampanoag Tribe Members Seek Recall of Leaders Over Casino Debacle
(Massachusetts) -- Members of a Massachusetts tribe have filed petitions to recall their elected leaders. The Cape Cod Times reports that Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal...

4/25/2019

article Tribe leaders in U.S. risk exit on debt to GEN Malaysia: report
(Massachusetts) -- Moves have been made in the United States to unseat several leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe over the checked attempt to develop a tribal casino...
article Tribe members seek recall of leaders over casino debacle
(Massachusetts) -- Members of a Massachusetts tribe have filed petitions to recall their elected leaders. The Cape Cod Times reports that Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal...

4/24/2019

article Move afoot to oust tribal leaders
(Massachusetts) -- Political unrest within the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is nearing a tipping point. A move to unseat two top political officials has set in motion a...
article Tribal Recall Petition Takes Aim At Council Leaders
(Massachusetts) -- Two recall petitions have been filed with the Mashpee Wampanaoag Election Committee, one against Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council chairman Cedric...

4/22/2019

article Wampanoags among us: Herring Pond Wampanoag Medicine Man Troy Currence
(Massachusetts) -- I live in Bourne. I am Wampanoag from my mother’s side and also Catawba (Native American) from my father’s side and so my bloodline here...

4/18/2019

article Tribal Housing Closer To Fruition
(Massachusetts) -- Over 200 people entered applications to find a place to live in the First Light Wampanoag Homes currently in development on Meetinghouse Road in...

4/5/2019

article Elizabeth Warren dealt out of tribe’s casino scene
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts, we are all “American Indians” now. On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples met to debate the Mashpee...

4/3/2019

article Gov's lawyer heads to DC for showdown over Taunton tribal casino
(Rhode Island) -- Gov. Gina Raimondo's top lawyer is heading to Washington on Wednesday to testify before Congress about an issue that pits Southeastern New England...

3/30/2019

article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits action on bill to keep reservation in trust
(Massachusetts) -- A controversial bill to keep the reservation of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in trust is slated for a hearing on Capitol Hill, The Cape Cod Times...

3/29/2019

article BLOG: Warren’s Casino Bill to Get Hearing–but Where’s Liz?
(Washington D.C.) -- After months of effort by Sen. Elizabeth Warren to bolster her Native American bona fides, a bill allowing the Massachusetts-based Mashpee Wampanoag...
article Elizabeth Warren Out as Mashpee Wampanoag Federal Land Bill Backer
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal bill that would restore the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s right to call land in Massachusetts to its sovereign reservation — and...

3/28/2019

article Bill to aid Mashpee tribe up for vote next week
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Committee on Natural Resources on Wednesday will take up a bill aimed at thwarting a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’...

3/24/2019

article Vote on Mashpee Wampanoag land bill likely not this week; tribal expulsions on hold
(Massachusetts) -- Federal lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives may not be taking up the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s legislation this week under a...
article WAMPANOAGS AMONG US: Chief Rodney Randy Joseph
(Massachusetts) -- “Where my people are from originally – I had to trace it for a federal government lawsuit I was involved in. It really got extensive. The...

3/22/2019

article Genting Malaysia set to recover US$195 million impairment loss as bill to save US tribal casino nears vote
(Massachusetts) -- A stalled US$1 billion tribal casino project between Genting Malaysia and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in Massachusetts could soon be back on track...
article Power Struggle Erupts Within Tribal Council
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe is in the midst of a power struggle at the top of its leadership. Formal action to remove four different members of the...

3/20/2019

article Taunton, Massachusetts Casino Proposal in Jeopardy as Three Mashpee Wampanoag Council Members Under Fire
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe — frustrated over continuing struggles to open a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts, just West of Cape Cod — is...
article Infighting in Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Threatens Casino Proposal in Taunton, Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The infighting is so bad that three newly-elected tribal council members could be removed from office in the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The brouhaha is...
article Source: Mashpee tribe members thwart expulsion hearing
(Massachusetts) -- An expulsion hearing Tuesday for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council member Carlton Hendricks Jr. descended into chaos as tribe members confronted their...

3/19/2019

article House Democrats Look to Move Warren Casino Bill Without Debate
(Washington D.C.) -- House Democrats are looking to move a controversial Indian casino bill backed by presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren without debate on...
article House may fast-track Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Under a suspension of the rules, the U.S. House of Representatives will look to fast-track a bill aimed at ending a legal challenge to the Mashpee...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to keep reservation in trust
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to keep the reservation of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in trust is seeing movement on Capitol Hill amid complaints in the conservative media...

3/17/2019

article Members of Mashpee Wampanoag tribal council face ouster
(Massachusetts) -- Not even two months after the annual election, three Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council members are facing expulsion hearings in the coming days. The...

3/16/2019

article Mashpee Selectmen Explore Economic Development
(Massachusetts) -- Having successfully rallied town leaders to dive into housing and wastewater, the Mashpee Board of Selectmen next will seek to draw attention to...

3/10/2019

article Sunshine Week: Access to tribal records irregular
(Massachusetts) -- As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe struggles to save its reservation land and proposed $1 billion casino plan — with ramifications for the town of...

3/6/2019

article Loss Of Loans Will Shrink Tribal Budget
(Massachusetts) -- As the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads into budget season, it will be doing so without a significant hunk of cash it has had the last several years....

3/4/2019

article Genting Cuts Financial Support for Distressed Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Genting Malaysia is no longer providing financial support to the cash-strapped Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts, but it is backing a legal...

3/3/2019

article Loans to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for operations halted
(Massachusetts) -- Genting Malaysia, the company behind the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s proposed $1 billion casino project in Taunton, is no longer loaning the tribe...

2/26/2019

article Mashpee tribe’s annual payments of more than $500K to Taunton continue
(Massachusetts) -- Despite its precarious financial situation, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is still making good on annual payments to the city of Taunton. Taunton...

2/22/2019

article Interior Attorneys 'Deny Allegations' In Tribal Lawsuit
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorneys for the US Department of the Interior have denied allegations filed by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in a federal lawsuit pending at a...
article Selectmen Agree To Tribal Public Safety Pact Quietly
(Massachusetts) -- A memorandum of understanding will continue another year between the Town of Mashpee and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to supply public safety on tribal...

2/21/2019

article Federal agency denies Wampanoag tribe’s allegations
(Massachusetts) -- The Department of the Interior has responded to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s lawsuit challenging its Sept. 7 decision, denying allegations that...
article Tribe Paying City Of Taunton $500,000 A Year
(Massachusetts) -- Despite no casino and dwindling funds from its benefactor, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues to pay the City of Taunton more than $500,000 a year...

2/20/2019

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

2/19/2019

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

2/18/2019

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

2/16/2019

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

2/15/2019

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

2/13/2019

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

2/10/2019

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

2/8/2019

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

2/7/2019

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

2/6/2019

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

2/2/2019

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

1/28/2019

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

1/26/2019

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

1/25/2019

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

1/24/2019

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

1/17/2019

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

1/16/2019

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

1/14/2019

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

1/13/2019

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

1/10/2019

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

1/9/2019

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

1/8/2019

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

1/7/2019

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

1/2/2019

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

12/31/2018

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

12/30/2018

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

12/29/2018

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

12/28/2018

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

12/21/2018

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

12/20/2018

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

12/15/2018

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

12/14/2018

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

12/13/2018

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

12/11/2018

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

12/10/2018

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

12/9/2018

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

12/8/2018

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

12/6/2018

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

12/4/2018

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

12/3/2018

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

12/2/2018

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

11/30/2018

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

11/29/2018

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

11/28/2018

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

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