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A wooden sign advises motorists of the location of Mashpee Wampanoag tribal lands in Massachusetts. (Steven Senne/AP). The Mashpee.


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The U. In early , the Obama administration took acres of reservation land in Taunton and Mashpee into trust for the Wampanoag tribe, which was federally-recognized in After a citizen group challenged the land in trust designation, a federal judge's ruling later in nullified the Obama administration's decision and President Donald Trump's administration last year officially reversed the Obama-era declaration. It has maintained its tribal identity, community, and culture," lawyers for the tribe wrote in a recent brief. Close close Donate. Cromwell said the court is not expected to make a decision at Wednesday's hearing, which will consist of 15 minutes of arguments from each side, but "will likely do so within the next several months. There's also a case in U. Listen Live: Con Salsa. Such a ruling would place yet another black mark in the long ledger of the United States' history of failing to treat this Indian Tribe fairly and honorably.

Court of Appeals for the First Circuit will take up the tribe's appeal at a. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit could be a meaningful massachusetts indian casinos forward in the tribe's quest, it will not necessarily end the legal wrangling over the tribe's land.

William Keating, who represents Taunton and Mashpee, has pushed legislation that would use the power of Congress to reaffirm the decision by the Interior Department to take land into trust for the tribe, though Trump has opposed it. Senate that same month. Department of massachusetts indian casinos Interior, to the U.

This appeal concerns the question of whether the Department of massachusetts indian casinos Interior was [authorized to] take the Tribe's massachusetts indian casinos into trust," Cromwell said in the notice. As the tribe works to secure its land in trust through the courts, U.

At issue is whether the tribe qualifies as "Indian" under the second definition included in the federal Indian Reorganization Act.

The tribe appealed the case, Littlefield et al. Since then, the commission has fended off repeated requests fl reviews mardi gras casino gambling giant Rush Street Gaming to reconsider its rejected proposal.

Inwhen it appeared a tribal casino in Taunton was likely, regulators rejected a proposal for a commercial casino in Brockton.

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Interior Secretary David Bernhardt — in which the tribe argues that the interior secretary failed to properly consider extensive factual evidence it submitted to make the case that it should be eligible for land in trust. Con Salsa Value this story? Close Close. The plaintiffs challenging the land in trust decision argue that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe cannot qualify as "Indian" under the IRA, and therefore would not qualify for land in trust status, because the tribe was not under federal jurisdiction in The tribe argues that saying its members do not qualify for protections under the IRA is ridiculous. Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Boston. Support the news. Though the hearing before the U. A further ruling in the case could help break up a bit of a logjam in the state's gaming policy. If the Gaming Commission opts to go ahead with licensing a commercial casino in Region C and the tribe is allowed to open its own casino under federal law, Massachusetts would receive no tax revenue from the tribal casino. That definition applies the term "Indian" for the purposes of the law to "all persons who are descendants of such members who were, on June 1, , residing within the present boundaries of any Indian reservation. Skip to main content.