The choice to have land placed into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is
being questioned with a lawsuit from a group of Taunton residents. It is being
funded by the proposed Brocton casino developer, Neil Bluhm.
The group believes that placing land into trust does not fall under the
authority of the Secretary of the Interior under the Indian Reorganization Act.
The land is also being questioned on if the tribe has a true historical tie and
if there was also enough study given to the environmental impact if the tribe
builds a casino there.
Last year the federal government approved the land trust application that
authorized 151 acres in Taunton and 170 acres in Mashpee. When the land was
placed into trust for the tribe, they then begin the right to use the land to
develop a casino.
The Mashpee tribe intends to continue with casino development places, despite
the pending lawsuit.
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