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Mashpee Ends Effort for Federal Land Trust for Casino Site

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June 28, 2017

The attempt for federal government approval to transform 321 acres in to tribal land has stopped for now.

The U.S. Department of Interior was expected by Tuesday to decide on the request by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. However, the Department of Interior had advised the tribe to not move forward at this time. The tribe agreed.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe will still be able to return to the idea of claiming the land in the future if they wish to do so.

Of the land, Taunton has 151 acres and there are 170 acres in Mashpee that the tribe would like placed into trust.

In 2015 the tribe was granted reservation status by the department. However the following year residents in Taunton sued. A federal judge sided with the residents and the land was rejected from being placed into trust.

Originally the tribe was hopeful to have the casino completed by the middle of 2018.

Changing the judge's decision has now become the new focus for the tribe in moving forward with the casino plan.

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