Mashpee Wampanoag Conduct Housing Lottery for “First Light Wampanoag Homes Development”

On Sunday, (April 14, 2019) an historic and undoubtedly emotional moment will take place for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Community.

Tribal members will learn who will be selected by lottery to live in the First Light Wampanoag Homes Development located on Meetinghouse Road in Mashpee.

On March 30, an Honorary Partnership Ceremony took place at the site where the 42 unit housing structures will soon be constructed. Sight preparation has been underway since February.

Mashpee Wampanoag Provide Testimony Supporting HR312 Before House Subcommittee

On Wednesday, (April 3) the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, represented by Vice Chairwoman Jessie little doe Baird, provided testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States, to the urgent need for passage of HR312 “Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act.”

“The damage done to our Tribe during the years in which the status of our reservation has been thrown into doubt is beginning to reach catastrophic levels.

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, 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.


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.