Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will produce 42 units of affordable housing

BOSTON, MA – December 27, 2017 – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $1 million award and state and federal tax credits to support the construction of Mashpee Wampanoag Village in Mashpee on land owned by the Wampanoag Tribe. The funding will catalyze a new affordable housing development, featuring 42 rental units, including 13 units reserved for very low-income families and individuals.

MASHPEE WAMPANOAG WORK TOWARD DECISION ON TRIBE’S LAND STATUS

MASHPEE, Ma. (April 28, 2017) – The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced today that it hopes to fully remobilize construction crews in Taunton, Massachusetts this summer for its $1 billion First Light Resort & Casino project and have doors open by summer 2018.

The Tribe’s announcement comes on the heels of information from the U.S. Interior Department that it will issue a new decision on the historic Tribe’s land status on or before June 19, 2017.

Mashpee Tribe Applauds Decision in Cowlitz Case

(MASHPEE, MA - April, 3, 2017) – The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is applauding a major victory for the Cowlitz tribe today over Indian casino opponents in Washington State. The Cowlitz Tribe has been working to bring a casino to its tribal land for several years and has faced stiff opposition from several groups.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition to review a lower court decision that upheld the U.S. Department of Interior's authority to take land into trust on behalf of the tribe, rebuffing a series of legal challenges filed by tribal casino opponents.

JUDGE CLARIFIES DECISION MASHPEE TRIBE WILL SEEK REVISED RECORD-OF-DECISION ON LAND

MASHPEE, Ma. (October 13, 2016) -- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal leaders are applauding Federal District Court Judge William Young’s decision today that clarifies his initial ruling on the historic Tribe’s land status and provides a legal path forward.

“It is no violation of the Court's order should the agency wish to analyze the Mashpees' eligibility under the first definition of ‘Indian,’” Judge Young’s ruling reads in part.