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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.

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.

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.

Indian law experts debate outcomes in two land-into-trust casesFiled Under: Litigation | Openings and Closings
Indian law experts debate outcomes in two land-into-trust cases (08/04)
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Carcieri v. Salazar continues to generate uncertainty for tribes across the nation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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