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If the Department of Interior rejects transferring land into trust for the Mashpee, the tribe may seek a commercial casino license for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, or make a political push in Congress to pass federal legislation supported by Sen. If passed by the Senate, It may be vetoed by the President. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hopes the U. As of now, 26 letters of support have been submitted for the proposed bill called the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reaffirmation Act. The property title is held by the government and allows for a tribe to use the land for their own use under their own decisions. It was not until that the federal government granted formal recognition to the tribe. The tribe is seeking federal legislation to overcome its legal challenges to reinstate its trust land and resume its casino project. Currently the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are waiting for a committee hearing to be scheduled by state lawmakers. After years of legal battles and a reversal by the Interior Department against the land-to-trust transfer, the final outcome for the Taunton casino will be determined by three groups: U. Elizabeth Warren publicly supports the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, but it now appears her support may have become a liability. The U. The tribe was then able to use the land as their sovereign reservation as it was declared as such by the federal government. This transfer was completed January 8, In July construction stopped when a U. In acres were placed into trust by the department for the tribe. The bills had passed the House Natural Resources Committee and were on a fast track for a house vote Wednesday. The bill, titled "Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act", would reaffirm the tribe's sovereignty over its acres of land by insuring the land is transferred into federal trust. The tribe was notified that the land where they wanted to build the casino would not be placed into trust for them by the U. The bill must first pass the Senate and House and signed by the President before a legal challenged can be launched. In Sept the U. An attorney for the tribe, Benjamin Wish, says the Interior Department's decision to remove the land from trust is a misinterpretation of the court's ruling:. Last week the District Court released court filings from each of these groups. The tribe can trace their ancestors back to the arrival of the Pilgrims. S Congress will reconsider and pass legislation to keep the tribe's reservation land in federal trust and allow the tribe to proceed with its casino plans. Elizabeth Warren D-Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is then expected to close licensing other casinos in the southeast region. In September Interior Department reversed its decision and conceded that the tribal land could not be kept in trust. The tribe intends to use part of that land to build its First Light Resort and Casino. The proposed bill would end the controversy over property ownership. The court ruled the Indian Reorganization Act of restricted federal land-to-trust transfers for only those tribes recognized prior to Other courts have expanded the interpretation of this law with newer regulations to permit all federally-recognized tribes to qualify for casino land. Department of the Interior. The act was passed in Under this act, the tribe does not qualify to have the land placed into trust because it was not under the federal jurisdiction when it passed. Interior Dept has removed the tribe's reservation status which effectively ended this casino project. Department of the Interior approved the Tribe's request to take their land into federal trust, including their acre casino site in Taunton. We will continue to fight, as our ancestors did, to preserve our land base, our culture and our spiritual connection to our homelands. Each group agreed to a timetable to reach a final outcome. House of Representatives after being pulled from the floor last week following President Trump's opposition tweet. Two bills in the U. No player signup is required. It begs the question, what is driving our federal trustee's crusade against our reservation? The bill will now head to the Senate which may or may not take up the measure. Court of Appeals in Boston upheld a lower court decision that the U. However, long lasting and ongoing legal battles by residents in the area caused a delay in the project. Support for the project has been growing recently. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. In fact, neither court ordered anyone to do anything. The House has passed legislation backed by Sen. House of Representatives that would help the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reinstate their casino project were pulled by House leadership just hours before a scheduled vote by the full House. The Interior Department appealed. The step is necessary for building an Indian casino on the reservation under the U. The First Circuit did not so order. In a letter from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs last week, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe was informed of the decision of U. Ground was previously broken for the Taunton Casino project. If the Department of Interior approves the Mashpee casino, the tribe will proceed with building the first Light Casino Resort. The tribe is interested in ending the legal battles regarding their reservation. In the Department of Interior transferred the Mashpee Wampanoag land into trust giving the tribe sovereignty rights for self-government instead of local and state government regulation. Department of Interior was not authorized under the federal Indian Reorganization Act to transfer land owned by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe into federal trust. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to "disestablish" the tribe's reservation and remove its land from federal trust. The First Light casino plan calls for construction to be completed in 4 phases. Court of Appeals in Boston ruled in February that the land transfer into trust was not in compliance with the Indian Reorganization Act and should not have been authorized by the Department of Interior. A spokesman for the Department of the Interior, Conner Swanson, cites the court's decision as a mandate for the department's action and reconfirmed the Mashpee Wampanoag remain a federally-recognized tribe. House Bill was passed today by the U. The tribe is also looking for support from Congress to override this ruling. Department of Interior announced a decision last month to "disestablished" the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's reservation status and transfer back the land held in federal trust. The federal land transfer was completed in and is the most fundamental step to building a tribal casino. Last week the U. Department of Interior has until July 19 to file an additional explanation for reversing its decision to take Mashpee Tribe land into trust. The land in Taunton was agreed upon to be taken into trust for the tribe.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} It is unfair and doesn't treat Native Americans equally! This week a federal district judge in Washington D. No deposit. They are free to use the land's natural resources and are tax exempt. He is fully aware that litigation to uphold our status as a tribe eligible for the benefits of the Indian Reorganization Act is ongoing. However, they did not receive their federal recognition until The federal government can grant a special status by placing land into trust. These phases and their estimated schedules are shown below:. The judge ruled that putting the land into trust did not fall under the authority of the department to do so. The bills will now move through the regular legislative process. The land had been placed into trust in to allow the tribe to build an Indian gaming casino on it. The vote was to and included 47 republicans and all but 2 Democrats. Casino , Sq. William R. The department was then ordered by a federal judge to reconsider the action of placing the land into trust. However, construction was stopped by the tribe after the ruling. The Secretary is under no court order to take our land out of trust. District Court judge ruled the federal land transfer violated the Indian Reorganization Act. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe have been attempting to develop a casino in Taunton. However, President Trump opposes the bill which he brands a "special-interest casino bill". On Friday a decision was made that put the future Taunton Casino development on hold. After a long legal fight the U. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Tribal Organization : Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. A non-binding ballot measure in support of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino proposal was passed by voters in Taunton, but rejected by voters in East Taunton where the casino would be built. In March the U. The District Court did not so order. Keating D-MA This bill would reaffirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reservation as trust land and dismiss all pending actions and lawsuits in federal court. In the ruling that was 28 pages long, it was said that land cannot be placed into trust for the tribe under the Indian Reorganization Act. Two bills have been introduced in the U.