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
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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