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February 05, 2016

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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