The Mashpee Wampanoag, an American Native Tribe, is far from realizing their dream of establishing Massachusetts casinos and other gaming facilities at a parcel of land that has issues with Massachusetts authorities.
However, the main obstacle might not be directly linked to the state because reports confirm that Mashpee Wampanoag official got tired along the way on their burning quest to get the piece of land to build Massachusetts casinos.
According to the Interior Department, the land in question currently surrounds another casino, but the legitimacy of terming the land ‘sovereign’ remains questionable according to the Mashpee Wampanoag Native American Tribe.
Because of the officials ‘unofficial’ withdrawal from chasing after the land, it is evident that the American Native group may never build a casino in their name altogether unless otherwise.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Native American Tribe has, however, shocked many for the building Massachusetts casinos, which is entirely operated and owned by the group.
Although granted full federal status ten years ago, the tribal group has built a gaming facility that cost them a whopping $1 billion.
However, they agree that they have received overwhelming support from Senator John Kerry, the local Municipality Mayor, and Genting, the Malaysian gaming giant in establishing their debut First Light Casino.
Locals Not In Good Terms With Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
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Although the Interior Department agreed in 2015 that the land in Taunton, which is 151 acres in size, belongs to the tribal group, the local people where the piece of land is being bitter about the decision made by DOI.
The homeowners argue that it is simple logic that anybody can aptly know that the land does not belong to the Mashpee Wampanoag, which is based over 35 miles away from the 151-acre parcel of land.
It is on this basis homeowners decided to move to court in 2016 to get the court’s interpretation of the possibility of the tribal group claiming sovereign land ownership whereas they are based far away.
The homeowners have vowed that the Mashpee Wampanoag will not build Massachusetts casinos in their neighborhood.
After the owners’ lawsuit, Judge William Young, from the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of the homeowners, saying that the Interior Department made a mistake in giving the American Tribe a right to own that particular piece of land.
Young correctly noted that DOI did not observe the Carcieri Decision that was passed in 2009 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
That ruling, which the DOI bypassed, said in part that “the federal government lacks the ability to give out trust land especially after 1934.’
The reason for that, Young said, “Reservations of Tribal lands was improperly awarded in the past thus whatever area communities claim to own must remain as trust land unless an appeal for the same is initiated, which for now has not taken place.”
Even as the tribe and homeowners battle for the parcel of land, the tribe has asked DOI to see if other legal avenues can be used to utilize the property. The ruling of whether there are other Massachusetts casinos options or not will be determined on Tuesday.