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Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe files notice of appeal in casino lawsuitFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe files notice of appeal in casino lawsuit (12/09)
Both the Massachusetts tribe and the Department of Justice are taking the case to a higher court.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe defends right to use land for gamingFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC | Openings and Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe defends right to use land for gaming (12/07)
A federal appeals court heard arguments in a dispute between the tribe and the state of Massachusetts.

Non-Indian firm set to open $1.4B casino outside of nation's capitalFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Non-Indian firm set to open $1.4B casino outside of nation's capital (12/01)
In just a week's time, a massive gaming and entertainment facility will be open right outside of Washington, D.C.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe elects new chair amid gaming fightFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe elects new chair amid gaming fight (11/22)
A federal appeals court is hearing arguments in a dispute between the tribe and the state of Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino faces unknowns with Donald Trump in officeFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino faces unknowns with Donald Trump in office (11/10)
What will Indian gaming look like with Republican Donald Trump in the White House?

Non-Indian casino headed toward final approval in Rhode IslandFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Non-Indian casino headed toward final approval in Rhode Island (11/09)
Ballots are still being counted for a casino that would sit just 400 feet from the Massachusetts border.

Non-Indian developer asks Rhode Island voters to approve casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Non-Indian developer asks Rhode Island voters to approve casino (11/07)
The project site is right at the Massachusetts border, less than 20 miles from the casino being built by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe gets court date in gaming lawsuitFiled Under: Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe gets court date in gaming lawsuit (10/26)
The tribe wants to open a Class II gaming facility on its reservation but the state of Massachusetts is opposed.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees hope in casino land litigationFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees hope in casino land litigation (10/14)
The First Light Resort and Casino in Massachusetts remains in limbo as a result of a land-into-trust lawsuit.

Non-Indian gaming firm announces opening for big casino near D.C.Filed Under: Connecticut | Openings and Closings
Non-Indian gaming firm announces opening for big casino near D.C. (10/03)
The MGM National Harbor is located in Maryland, less than 10 miles from the U.S. Capitol.

Bureau of Indian Affairs faced pressure to approve gaming dealFiled Under: Compacts
Bureau of Indian Affairs faced pressure to approve gaming deal (09/29)
Kevin Washburn, the former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, rejected the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's compact anyway.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe granted role in casino land disputeFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe granted role in casino land dispute (09/28)
A federal judge acknowledged the tribe's 'undeniable and compelling interest' in the outcome of a lawsuit filed by casino opponents.

Connecticut tribes no closer to choosing site for potential casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Connecticut tribes no closer to choosing site for potential casino (09/16)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are reopening the bidding process until October 15.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in limbo after decision on casino siteFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in limbo after decision on casino site (09/13)
Work stopped on the First Light Resort and Casino after a federal judge's decision created uncertainty about the tribe's land-into-trust application.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits word on role in casino lawsuitFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits word on role in casino lawsuit (08/31)
Opponents are trying to stop the Massachusetts tribe from building a casino in their backyard.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails bid to reconsider casino rulingFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hails bid to reconsider casino ruling (08/25)
The Obama administration is defending the the tribe's ability to follow the land-into-trust process.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in high stakes fight for casino and landFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in high stakes fight for casino and land (08/22)
The tribe's burial ground, headquarters and other important sites are in limbo as part of a court case.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe files motion to join casino land disputeFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe files motion to join casino land dispute (08/16)
Construction work on the First Light Resort and Casino has been put on hold amid legal uncertainty.

Opinion: Court decisions appear in conflict on tribal gaming rightsFiled Under: Litigation | Opinion
Opinion: Court decisions appear in conflict on tribal gaming rights (08/15)
Two federal court decisions decided one day apart considered the definitions of 'Indian' under the Indian Reorganization Act.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation drops lawsuit but still pushes for casinoFiled Under: Connecticut | Litigation
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation drops lawsuit but still pushes for casino (08/05)
The lawsuit was being funded by a non-Indian gaming company whose interests are threatened by a potential new casino in Connecticut.

Two tribes see conflicting rulings in long-running quests for casinosFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Two tribes see conflicting rulings in long-running quests for casinos (08/02)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Cowlitz Tribe are on the opposite sides of the country and have battling casino opponents.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues work on casino despite court rulingFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues work on casino despite court ruling (08/01)
The tribe expected to open First Light Resort and Casino about a year from now but that was before a federal judge stepped into the fray.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees setback in land-into-trust disputeFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees setback in land-into-trust dispute (07/29)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs should not have approved the land-into-trust application for the tribe's casino in Massachusetts, a federal judge ruled.

Gaming firm denies being responsible for anti-tribal amendmentFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut | Legislation
Gaming firm denies being responsible for anti-tribal amendment (07/11)
MGM Resorts International is trying to stop the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe from opening a new casino in Connecticut.

Obama administration backs Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bidFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Obama administration backs Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid (07/08)
The Massachusetts tribe's ability to follow the land-into-trust process is at issue in a closely-watched case.

Connecticut tribes still working on plan for potential new casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Connecticut tribes still working on plan for potential new casino (06/30)
The process has been taking so long that one location has been taken off the table although the tribes still have options.

Judge focuses on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino decisionFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Judge focuses on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino decision (06/30)
Opponents argue that the casino site in Massachusetts should not have been placed in trust as a result of the Supreme Court's decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino foes lose big source of fundingFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino foes lose big source of funding (06/28)
A non-Indian gaming developer stopped contributing to the lawsuit but a lead plaintiff vows to see the battle through.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation still fighting for federal recognition and a casinoFiled Under: Connecticut
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation still fighting for federal recognition and a casino (06/28)
The tribe's sad saga is at the center of a battle over a new casino in Connecticut.

Non-Indian gaming firm loses challenge to law for new tribal casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut | Litigation
Non-Indian gaming firm loses challenge to law for new tribal casino (06/24)
MGM Resorts International is trying to stop the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe from opening a new casino in Connecticut.

Non-Indian gaming firm asks Congress to block new tribal casinoFiled Under: Connecticut | Legislation
Non-Indian gaming firm asks Congress to block new tribal casino (06/22)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) said he fought efforts to add anti-casino language to a defense bill.

Judge schedules trial in Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino caseFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Judge schedules trial in Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino case (06/21)
The case will determine whether the Bureau of Indian Affairs should have approved the land-into-trust application for the First Light Resort and Casino in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Editorial: Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino bid leads to big fightFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Opinion
Editorial: Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe casino bid leads to big fight (06/09)
If the tribe is successful in its appeal, it will not be the residents of tribal lands who will determine the character of Aquinnah — mostly friends and neighbors — but the majority of the tribe’s voting members.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees support for Class II gaming planFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees support for Class II gaming plan (06/06)
The Obama administration's interpretation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is at issue in yet another case.

Tigua Tribe loses decision to offer Class II games on reservationFiled Under: Litigation | NIGC | Openings and Closings
Tigua Tribe loses decision to offer Class II games on reservation (06/02)
A federal judge has cast significant doubt on the Obama administration's interpretation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe submits first brief in gaming appealFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe submits first brief in gaming appeal (06/01)
The tribe is currently barred from opening a Class II gaming facility on its reservation in Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not worried about anti-casino lawsuitFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not worried about anti-casino lawsuit (05/31)
Casino opponents are asking a federal judge to halt construction on the First Light Resort and Casino in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Connecticut tribes report increases from slot machine revenuesFiled Under: Connecticut
Connecticut tribes report increases from slot machine revenues (05/17)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation saw a 5 percent increase while the Mohegan Tribe saw a 3 percent gain.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees large turnout for casino job fairFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees large turnout for casino job fair (05/16)
Construction of the First Light Resort and Casino will support 1,000 jobs and the facility itself will put more than 2,600 people to work.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe invites all to casino job and vendor fairFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe invites all to casino job and vendor fair (05/10)
Construction of the First Light Resort and Casino will support 1,000 jobs and the facility itself will put more than 2,600 people to work.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation hoping to keep gaming lawsuit goingFiled Under: Connecticut | Legislation | Litigation
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation hoping to keep gaming lawsuit going (05/03)
The tribe is suing the state of Connecticut after being denied a chance to pursue a new casino under a new state law.

Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe overcomes hurdles with casino planFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe overcomes hurdles with casino plan (05/02)
Yet another obstacle -- in the form of a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs -- might be losing financial support.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe praises rejection of rival casino bidFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe praises rejection of rival casino bid (04/28)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4 to 1 to deny a license for a commercial proposal less than 20 miles from the tribe's First Light Resort and Casino.

Connecticut tribes delay decision on potential casino until 2017Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Connecticut tribes delay decision on potential casino until 2017 (04/27)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe had insisted they could move quickly in order to counteract competition from neighboring Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe disputes rival's casino market studyFiled Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe disputes rival's casino market study (04/26)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to decide whether to move forward with a project less than 20 miles from the tribe's site.

Connecticut tribes still haven't selected a site for potential casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut | Litigation
Connecticut tribes still haven't selected a site for potential casino (04/22)
Key lawmakers say time is running out for them to consider a casino that would be jointly operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits decision on rival casino plan Filed Under: Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits decision on rival casino plan (04/20)
The tribe has warned the Massachusetts Gaming Commission not to approve the $675 million project, which would be less than 20 miles from the First Light Resort and Casino.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to host job and vendor fair for casinoFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to host job and vendor fair for casino (04/13)
Prospective employees and businesses will be able to learn more about working for and working with the First Light Resort and Casino that's under construction in Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe moves full steam ahead with casinoFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe moves full steam ahead with casino (04/12)
The long-awaited $1 billion First Light Resort and Casino in Massachusetts is due to open in the summer of 2017.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confirms groundbreaking for casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confirms groundbreaking for casino (03/30)
Work on the First Light Resort and Casino will begin April 5 and the first phase of the $1 billion project is due to open in the summer of 2017.

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