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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.

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.

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.

Rival casino opposed by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits fate Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings | Regulation
Rival casino opposed by Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits fate (03/29)
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to make a decision on the rival project in late April.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and rival spar over potential casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and rival spar over potential casino (03/25)
A lot is at stake as the tribe prepares to break ground on the long-awaited First Light Resort and Casino in a matter of weeks.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe responds to doubts on gaming planFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe responds to doubts on gaming plan (03/22)
A lawsuit won't deter a groundbreaking on the First Light Resort and Casino and a gaming giant has stepped up with enough financing to finish the first phase by the summer of 2017.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits word on rival casino projectFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits word on rival casino project (03/18)
The tribe plans to break ground on the First Light Casino and Resort in early April as Massachusetts regulators debate whether to approve a rival project less than 20 miles away.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not worried about casino site lawsuitFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe not worried about casino site lawsuit (03/17)
The Massachusetts tribe plans to break ground on the First Light Resort and Casino in April and open the first phase in the summer of 2017.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe leaves casino operation to big firmFiled Under: Business Deals | Casino Stalker | NIGC | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe leaves casino operation to big firm (03/16)
The Genting Group, a well-known player in the Indian gaming industry, will run the First Light Resort and Casino under a management contract.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announces opening of casino in 2017Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announces opening of casino in 2017 (03/15)
The First Light Resort and Casino in Taunton will beat commercial projects elsewhere in Massachusetts by more than a year if the timetable holds.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe foes remain confident as casino moves forwardFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe foes remain confident as casino moves forward (03/09)
Opponents are being financed by a non-Indian billionaire who happens to be seeking approval to build a commercial gaming facility in Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to break ground on long-awaited casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to break ground on long-awaited casino (03/08)
Chairman Cedric Cromwell said a ceremony could take place April 5. Three firms have already been hired to start the work.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe presses state to reject rival casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe presses state to reject rival casino (03/03)
A non-Indian billionaire is proposing a casino less than 20 miles from the tribe's gaming site and is financing a lawsuit that challenges the tribe's land-into-trust decision.

Non-Indian billionaire slams Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Compacts | Litigation | Regulation
Non-Indian billionaire slams Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino (03/02)
Developer Neil Bluhm is financing a lawsuit that questions whether the Bureau of Indian Affairs can place land in trust for the tribe.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ties casino suit to anti-Indian groupFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ties casino suit to anti-Indian group (02/17)
Michelle Littlefield admits she helped the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance host a conference in Massachusetts in March 2013.

Non-Indian firm looking to block Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Litigation
Non-Indian firm looking to block Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino (02/08)
Rush Street Gaming concedes that its proposed commercial casino in Brockton, Massachusetts, will benefit greatly if the tribe somehow goes away.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confident of casino bid despite lawsuitFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confident of casino bid despite lawsuit (02/05)
Opponents not surprisingly are citing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar to argue that the tribe cannot follow the land-into-trust process.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe asks 1st Circuit to hear gaming caseFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe asks 1st Circuit to hear gaming case (02/03)
A federal judge determined that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act does not apply to the tribe's reservation on the island of Martha's Vineyard.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to finish community center as casino bid faltersFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to finish community center as casino bid falters (01/29)
The tribe still hopes to open a casino on its reservation on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Chairman Tobias Vanderhoop said.

Non-Indian casino in Massachusetts defends decline in revenuesFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Non-Indian casino in Massachusetts defends decline in revenues (01/26)
Patrons are spending less and less of their money at the Plainridge Park Casino, the first gaming facility in the state.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe raises flag as casino faces oppositionFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe raises flag as casino faces opposition (01/13)
The Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe claims the gaming site in Taunton, Massachusetts, is part of its territory.

Foes raise money to fight Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Legislation
Foes raise money to fight Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino (01/11)
An opposition group is vowing to take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of preventing the tribe from opening a long-awaited casino.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ready to build long-awaited casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Federal Register | Land Acquisitions
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ready to build long-awaited casino (01/08)
The First Light Resort and Casino will be located on about 151 acres in the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, land that is now officially a reservation.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe permanently barred from casino workFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe permanently barred from casino work (01/06)
A federal judge ruled that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 does not apply to the reservation but the tribe is appealing.

Foes promise suit over Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions | Litigation
Foes promise suit over Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino (12/18)
Don't expect the case to be filed soon -- opponents plan to wait up to six years to challenge the tribe's land-into-trust application.

Non-Indian casino in Massachusetts already sees drop in revenueFiled Under: Openings and Closings
Non-Indian casino in Massachusetts already sees drop in revenue (12/09)
The Plainridge Park Casino had a strong debut over the summer but gamblers are spending less and less there, according to figures from the state's gaming commission.

Opinion: Don't break promise to Mashpee Wampanoag TribeFiled Under: Opinion
Opinion: Don't break promise to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (11/27)
It has been said in many variants that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Tribes with special acts of Congress face hurdles for gamingFiled Under: Legislation | Litigation
Tribes with special acts of Congress face hurdles for gaming (11/24)
Not every tribe is on equal ground when it comes to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to appeal decision in casino caseFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to appeal decision in casino case (11/23)
The tribe isn't give up on plans to open a gaming facility on the island of Martha's Vineyard.

Editorial: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe moves ahead with casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Opinion
Editorial: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe moves ahead with casino (11/18)
The next step in the process will be the Department of the Interior officially designating the East Taunton property and another 170 acres of land in Mashpee as a sovereign tribal reservation.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees major blow in casino caseFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Litigation
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe sees major blow in casino case (11/16)
A federal judge determines that the tribe lacks 'governmental power' over its own reservation on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino site finally placed in trustFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino site finally placed in trust (11/13)
Chairman Cedric Cromwell said the decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs carries added meaning as Thanksgiving approaches.

Non-Indian developer seeks another casino in Rhode IslandFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Connecticut
Non-Indian developer seeks another casino in Rhode Island (11/11)
The facility would be located just 380 feet from the Massachusetts border.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe buys gaming site for $34.5MFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Land Acquisitions
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe buys gaming site for $34.5M (11/09)
The tribe hopes to break ground on the long-awaited First Light Resort and Casino in Taunton, Massachusetts, in spring 2016.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe brings competition to New England gaming marketFiled Under: Land Acquisitions | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe brings competition to New England gaming market (10/09)
Moody's is warning of impacts in Massachusetts and even Rhode Island as the tribe moves forward with its long-delayed casino.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe suspends gaming official after arrestFiled Under: Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe suspends gaming official after arrest (10/07)
Philip-Earl Cash, 30, was arrested on charges of heroin possession following a traffic stop in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. He was the executive assistant of the gaming commission.

Connecticut tribes push to open casino before non-Indian rivalFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Connecticut tribes push to open casino before non-Indian rival (09/28)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe hope to select a site for their new casino by the end of November.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming site officially put in trustFiled Under: Compacts | Federal Register | Land Acquisitions | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gaming site officially put in trust (09/25)
A 151-acre site in Taunton, Massachusetts, plus another 170 acres in Mashpee, the location of tribal headquarters, were immediately placed in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino ruling stirs shakeup of sortsFiled Under: Compacts | Connecticut | Litigation | Openings and Closings | Regulation
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino ruling stirs shakeup of sorts (09/23)
A commercial casino in southeastern Massachusetts faces significant hurdles now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the land-into-trust application for the first Indian gaming facility in the state.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces lawsuit over gaming projectFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces lawsuit over gaming project (09/22)
An attorney is already lining up clients in hopes of preventing the Bureau of Indian Affairs from finalizing a long-delayed land-into-trust application.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe aims to start casino work next yearFiled Under: Compacts | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe aims to start casino work next year (09/21)
Approval of the land-into-trust application took eight years and the tribe is eager to start work on the first Indian gaming facility in Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe seeks building inspector for casinoFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe seeks building inspector for casino (09/04)
A listing on the Indianz.Com jobs board outlines a resort with a 927,445 square-foot casino, a 329,000 square-foot hotel and a garage with space for up to 4,000 vehicles.

BIA clarifies timeline on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bidFiled Under: Casino Stalker
BIA clarifies timeline on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino bid (08/31)
A decision on the land-into-trust application for the $500 million First Light Resort and Casino isn't imminent.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe prepares for decision on gaming planFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe prepares for decision on gaming plan (08/28)
The tribe is eager to start work on the $500 million First Light Resort and Casino in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to see BIA decision on casino projectFiled Under: Casino Stalker
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to see BIA decision on casino project (08/26)
It's only taken eight years but the Bureau of Indian Affairs is going to make a decision on the tribe's land-into-trust application.

Non-Indian facility in Massachusetts sees $18.1M in revenuesFiled Under: Casino Stalker | Openings and Closings | Regulation
Non-Indian facility in Massachusetts sees $18.1M in revenues (08/18)
Gamblers poured nearly $181.6 million into slot machines and electronic table games at the Plainridge Park Casino in July.

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