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Tribal Casino Resort Project Close to Closure

Aug 30, 2015 - by Mate
Mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino resort first light

The tribe’s website shows the spectacular plans

Tribal casino resort of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will receive the final answer in 30 days.

Several gambling sites have been talking about the tribal casino resort project of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The Indian tribe aims to build a casino resort in the city of Taunton for which the Mayor of appears to be in favour of, however they have encountered some problems.

Representatives of the Mashpee tribe are optimistic in connection with their project and believe that the US federal department will be positive about them as well. The tribe’s lawyer also believes that there are several positive signs so they are optimistic for a reason.

Boston Globe: Decision on Mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino may be imminent

According to the reports by gambling news in the United States, the case of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe will be closed in 30 days. Their aim is to find out whether the government will support the Indian tribe with a license for their USD 500 million project of setting up a new casino in Taunton.

Representatives of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe were asked whether they believe in receiving a license or not. They replied that they are rather optimistic, especially that the US Bureau of Indian Affairs informed them about an upcoming decision, however they still don’t know what the result will be.

The tribe is being represented by the successful lawyer, Arlinda Locklear. The attorney said that it was a sign of progress that the Bureau still works on the case and still regard it as priority. She said that this fact gives them lots of hope and it is a good sign, however they still do not know what the decision will be.

mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino resort opening

Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell is excited about the closing date (Photo:

The parcel where the Indian tribe plans on building the casino resort is occupied by an industrial park now. Tauton Mayor Tom Hoye believes that if his town got a new tribal casino resort, that would result in “a great economic boost” for his area. Meanwhile tribal chairman Cedric Cromwell said that they have always been confident about their prospects and are waiting for positive answers.

Online gambling news in the United States report that the US Department of the Interior has given a 30-day comment period on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s casino project. They submitted their application back in the beginning of 2013. Tribal chairman Cedric Cromwell said it was a positive sign that the plan is moving forward and the case is still not closed down.

The Taunton office park is near the junction of routes 140 and 24. That is where the tribe wishes to build their new tribal casino resort. The Mashpee tribe has applied for the land-in-trust project of the government and their application is still being processed. They have started planning in 2012 and their idea was taken positively.

In the beginning the federal government has taken the project with lots of scepticism and doubts. That is, because they believed that a gaming agreement between the tribe and the state was not such a great idea. They were not sure if the project would be approved by the Gaming Commission.

The tribe received a letter on Friday, 21 August that they will get the final answer within 30 days. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected to issue a reservation proclamation, however they would do that only in case of their initial reservation was granted by the government, said Arlinda Locklear, tribal lawyer.

Cape Cod Times: Tribe’s land decision imminent

Estele Borges, Tauton City Council President, has received a letter on 21 August from the federal Department of the Interior. In this letter they were explained that the decision is imminent and they will receive a final answer to their 500 million dollar tribal casino resort project within the next 30 days.

Governor Patrick agrees to Mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino resort

Ma. governor Patrick agreed to the tribal casino project back in 2012 (Photo: AP)

Taunton city officials have not commented on the letter or the process of the tribal casino resort project so far. Meanwhile, Rodney Collins, Town Manager of Mashpee, has said that he has not received any official notification. Collins added that they are still waiting and hoping for it to arrive soon.

Gambling law news report that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe aims to receive an area of 171 acres in Mashpee, and 152 acres in Taunton. Cedric Cromwell, tribal chairman, has said that it was a surprise to receive the letter to Taunton. Of course it made them really excited even though it is still not a positive closure.

Indian tribes are given permission to offer the same types of gambling where casinos are legalized, thanks to the federal laws. However, state agencies are unlikely to regulate tribal casino. That is more of a job for the National Indian Gaming Commission.

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