Monthly Archives: August 2011

How Cedric disguised himself as an Indian


In Costume, looking totally foolish. No one can identify what Cedric has on his head.


The Boston Globe did a story on how Cedric Cromwell  was thesoft spoken Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman who was leading his suffering tribal members out of the wilderness to a well deserved “jackpot.”

Cedric must have disguised himself  in one of  his awful crazy Indian costumes as he whispered his famous clap trap to the unknowing reporter. We know it’s all about Cedric’s Jackpot, by way of the paycheck.

Cedric was not soft spoken  when he screamed that a Mashpee  Wampanoag woman was  a mother fu–ing bi— in the Council parking lot in front of 5 witnesses.  He was not soft spoken when he  proceeded to go into the Tribal offices and scream, insult and bully  tribal elder and Treasurer Nellie Hicks Ramos for asking the District Attorney to investigate his secret taping of  Council executive sessions and threatening Council members with it.

Cedric’s dirty secrets reveal a man without identity and a sallow wannabe who has destroyed the Mashpee Wampanoag with his outrageous quest for power.

Cedric had little to do with the tribe prior to mid  2000.  He was elected to the Council and as recognition became eminent, Glen Marshall and Shawn Hendricks called him in and reminded him that he could not continue to serve because he was not on the tribal roll. Imagine that.  Cedric did not know what the tribal roll was. ” Thanks Cuz,” he said.

He went to see Patty Oakley who was the tribal genealogist and she told him he had a problem.  The problem was that his mother (and his aunt Theora) was adopted by a Boston family when she was 5 year old that was reflected on her birth certificate.   The people who adopted Connie were not Mashpee.  Even if they were, she would not have qualified under the tribes strict membership requirements.  He had to go to court to resolve that and get his mother to unseal her birth records.  So his mother, aunt, brother or  himself were never members of the tribe until  he brought  his mother’s correct birth records to the membership committee.  In 2006 he, along with family, became Mashpee Wampanoag.

Cedric was not raised in the tribal community as he said in his campaign material.  In the Globe he said he was an Indian victim struggling with his identity growing up in  Boston.  For God’s sakes!  People who knew him at Fidelity as a technician and in Boston or Dorchester said they knew nothing of any Indian heritage. He didn’t know his damned self.

Casino transformed Cedric and got him into costume.

And to think he turned on Glen Marshall, Shawn Hendricks and fired Patty Oakley because they knew too much. That shows you he’s not Mashpee and will sell away our sovereignty for a bushel of quahogs. And Herrin’ and Roe says he can’t fish for ’em nor can he cook ’em.  That tells you something.

Don’t blame it on the White man. They’re laughing at us like everyone else.


Giving away our independence

Reading this story will tell you what we already told you with one very disturbing addition.  We  were reminded that if  by some miracle the tribe get’s its land into trust, and finally achieves “real” sovereignty…. the bill says we would have to give it all up for a commercial casino. And promise not to open a ” sovereignty casino” independent of the state. That LIT sovereignty business is a serious weapon and the state is frightened of it because we are the only northeastern tribe that can pretty much do as it pleases without state permission.  Course we didn’t have the leaders to finalize the last step.

So the bill says the tribe must give up it’s sovereignty to get a casino. Now there’s some question as to whether the state can legally  supersede the federal government and order the tribe to do that…but the idea that we would be so desperate to get a casino ( that cannot guarantee  the members a dime), that we would sign away our independence is disgusting.

The Aquinnah gave up nearly everything to obtain recognition.  Their sovereignty is extremely limited and they must get permission from the state to open a casino.

Our 37 year fight for recognition will be in vain if we go down this road because there is no guarantee that members get any money.

And guess who would seal that deal? Cedric Cromwell.



Developers challenge Indian preference in casino bill

Steve Urbon
August 28, 2011 12:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD — Lawyers for casino developers are objecting to the state’s proposed casino gambling legislation’s preference for Native Americans as an unconstitutional breach of the equal protection clause in the Fourteenth Amendment, a special deal based on ethnicity.

KG Urban Enterprises, which is proposing a casino at the abandoned NStar plant on Cannon Street, hired attorney Marsha Sajer to look into the matter. She claims “the states have no power to enact a state law preference for tribes” and that only the federal government can deal with tribes as sovereign nations.

The opinion, a copy of which was given to The Standard-Times by KG Urban, signals that a legal battle lies ahead even if the Legislature and Gov. Deval Patrick enact by the end of September as expected a compromise bill that would authorize three casinos and one slot parlor statewide.

The bill state carves out a narrow opportunity — only in Bristol and Plymouth counties, plus the Cape and Islands, an area called Region C — for tribes to find land, win a local referendum and negotiate a compact with the governor.

Tribes (likely the Mashpee Wampanoag, who are scouting for land) have only until next July to get all of this done.

The casino developers complain that they are being put at an unfair and illegal disadvantage for the first year, because Regions A and B (Boston and Western Massachusetts) can begin their casino projects almost immediately while in Region C everyone has to wait a year, and could be shut out altogether if a tribe wins a no-bid contract.

In setting such tight deadlines, the state’s top political players heeded the request of several SouthCoast lawmakers and gave Native American tribes very limited preferential treatment in a proposed casino bill, said state Rep. Antonio F,D, Cabral, D-New Bedford.

Casino watcher Clyde Barrow at the UMass Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis said that the Mashpee Wampanoag are virtually certain to make the attempt together with their commercial partner, Genting of Malaysia, the largest casino company in the world.

But even with all that backing, the tribe needs Congress to pass legislation allowing that land to be put into trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, something that has never happened before.

Cabral said that if the new state gaming commission doesn’t think the tribe is on track to get congressional approval by next fall, it will go ahead with casino license auctions in Region C.

John Toohey, an equity partner in KG Urban Enterprises, which proposes a casino resort at the Cannon Street NStar site, was upbeat about the prospects despite the tribal angle. “We’ve always looked for an opportunity to bring some of those jobs and open up the waterfront and clean up what would otherwise be a Superfund site for who knows how long.”

Finally, the tribe, having withdrawn from Fall River after the city reverted to its biotech park project where a casino might have been, continues to shop around in Bristol and Plymouth counties, most recently in Raynham, where discussions with racetrack owners reportedly fizzled.

Barrow said he isn’t concerned that a casino or two elsewhere along with a slot parlor will saturate the market before Southeastern Massachusetts can get into the game.

That is because the state must create a gaming commission, which ultimately would accept bids ($85 million minimum) for a commercial casino. And that will take time.

Barrow said, “It will six months to get the gaming commission up and running, hiring staff and employees. They will probably have to hire 100 people or more.

“Then they’re going to have to lay out a detailed process for submitting a bid. And anyone who wants to bid will have to have a referendum in place as part of a bid application. And there are requirements for public review and 30-day waiting periods. I can’t see them actually awarding a license in less than a year.”

Barrow pointed out that if the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe makes make a deal with the governor, and the land can be put in trust, it will remove the possibility that someday the tribe would assert its rights under the Indian Gaming Rights Act and Massachusetts could have an unwanted fourth casino.

State Rep. Robert Koczera, D-New Bedford, called this the tribe’s “window of opportunity,” and he expects them to use it.

“Cedric Cromwell, chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoags, was pretty adamant in conversations with me that the tribe has rights and wants rights to land,” Koczera said. “I believe he needs an act of Congress but Congress won’t act anytime soon.”

The proposed legislation, he said, gives the tribe the fair chance it has been looking for. Otherwise, luck will run out next August.

Alea iacta est

The die is cast.

The Mohegan are the winners in the great ” will a tribe get a commercial casino in Massachusetts”  gambling soap opera.  The Mohegan have done their due diligence by working closely with the town of Palmer to meet the requirements in the bill.  They are federally recognized, and have land in trust….you know all the right stuff.  No need for  boondoggles and phoney deals to reassure their investors who happen to be Sol and Len, the South Africans who (along with the Detroit group) backed the Mashpee Wampanoag in Middleboro. Must be nice to have a strategy.

And another potential coup is that there’s nothing to prevent  the South Africans from bidding and developing the 539 acres of  land they own in Middleboro, that has been processed with environmental clearances.  Why shouldn’t they get a license? Considering that the ( sovereignty ) resort  casino that was our deal evaporated because the Administration did not act quickly to get our land into trust…nor did they have sense enough to ask Ted Kennedy for help. To say the crew was in over their heads is an understatement, cause we’re sure paying the price now.

And the Malaysians are not exactly the kind of investors the Commonwealth is interested in doing busines with….too messy.  Ask the Seminoles.

Point 2.  No tribe seeks a commercial casino because it is unprotected.  Only the investor, the state and in our case, the Council get’s a paycheck.  That’s why land in trust is the bible of Indian gaming and state governments hate it because they can’t do anything about it but ask the tribes for whatever they can get…

Well the balls in the Governor’s court ain’t it? If we had a strategy even when the LIT process was derailed…we would have stood a chance.  But we didn’t.

And Cedric and his jackpot in the Boston paper…with all that weepy clap trap about how his people have suffered.  How would he know? He doesn’t know the first thing about his own family…being new to the tribe and all.  He’s  only been a member for 5 years….course that’s another story and its a screecher.  How he got on the rolls and all.

Meanwhile remember our new status.  Without land in trust we’re a tribe with a guillotine hanging over our heads.

Great. Sort of our own Tale of Two Cities…Mashpee and Middleboro.


When we get LIT……Holla !!!!

Big Pow Wow excludes Mashpee

Everyone who knows something about lawmaking knows that the gaming bill revealed will likely be very different, if and when it passes.  But one thing not likely to change is our status in the new historic legislation.

A conversation with a expert in Indian law and gaming reconfirmed what we have been saying, that not only have we been uninvited to the pow wow, we don’t have the leverage to get into the gig.  That old Land in Trust thing is a ” game changer” as the lawyer said.  Damn right. But when our players don’t even know how to play the game and trying to get us a commercial casino that benefits everyone but the tribe….that’s just pathetic.  He also said ” You have no leverage with the state.”  Of course the state knows that…now they’re waving at us and blowing kisses at Cedric, Aaron,  and Mark Harding as the train leaves the station.  Course the rest of the Council is clueless about anything.  Lovely.

Where’s our casino going to be…Uranus ?

The newspaper headline is accurate until you read closer. The Governor is basically saying the tribe will have a casino…when it gets land into trust. But it won’t be one of the states  3 commercial licenses . To the lawmakers, who do not want us to have a special commercial license, it tells them not to worry.

What Rep. Cabral does not understand is that our lack of  land into trust, will not delay the state’s commercial casino process.  Just that simple.  The state will move forward without including the set aside commercial license for the tribe because it can. And if  the tribe ever gets it’s land into trust, the tribe  automatically builds the casino on its sovereign land  without state sanction.

But remember, LIT is almost a dream now and valuable time slipped away under the deceptive leadership of Cedric Cromwell. It was years before he, Aaron,  Mark or any of them understood that they should have pursued the LIT  effort  before the Congress turned against Indian Gaming.  Now the state Legislature is just as anti Indian gaming ” set aside” and threatens  to derail the bill.  The Governor certainly does not want to do that dance. And a weak rudderless tribe that has been involved in two casino boondoggles, Fall River and Raynham..can’t be very helpful.

Cedric tried to make Genting think he’s in the state gaming deal by pontificating in committee hearings on Beacon Hill and with the Raynham publicity stunt. Then he makes speeches before the BIA ( that has about as much respect for us of late as, well, God knows what). Genting wanted Cedric to meet with the Governor to strike a deal. Who Duval Patrick ? Can’t you just see that? The last thing Genting wants is for us to have a sovereignty casino because it benefits us…not them.

Cedric threatened the state, and the Governor and waved sovereignty at them like a weapon. It was a wet noodle.  Our sovereignty is elusive. But for confused tribal members…it kept hopes of a casino alive.  His false double talk is a disgrace to our ancestors and the tribal members who fought for decades to get the Mashpee recognized.  Our people are struggling.  We have people in charge whose self interest is overwhelming.

Whenever Cedric’s foolishness backfires he starts talking about Hybrids and swears the tribe is in the state commercial gaming bill.

We could be in the bill…but as a kind of afterthought. It would state the obvious….tribal casino with  LIT, which frees the state to give licenses to someone else.  Cedric sounds ridiculous thanking the governor and planning for a Compact without LIT.  Part of the smoke and mirrors.  But it won’t fool Genting.

Guess who already has the process 90% complete and shovel ready? The original investors with 539 acres of property that is part of our LIT package  in Middleboro. Wow.


Governor backs Mashpee tribe casino

August 20, 2011

As Gov. Deval Patrick prepares a plan for three potential casinos in the state, he believes any future gambling legislation needs to account for a Mashpee Wampanoag-run gaming operation.

Patrick took a stand on the tribe’s role in an expansion of gambling in response to a letter this week from five Southeastern Massachusetts legislators to Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, and the governor. In the letter, the lawmakers urged the governor not to give preference to a Native American tribe in obtaining a casino license in Southeastern Massachusetts.

On Friday, a key member of Patrick’s administration wrote back to the lawmakers, stating that if the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is able to resolve its land-in-trust issue with federal authorities, then the tribe will be legally entitled to have a casino on tribal lands.

“We believe it is important that any gaming legislation account for and address this tribal gaming reality,” wrote Gregory Bialecki, state secretary of Housing and Economic Development Secretary.

Earlier this month, state Rep. Antonio Cabral, D-New Bedford, and four other representatives from Bristol County told lawmakers that they were worried about the time it will take for the Mashpee Wampanoag to go through the legal wrangling necessary to place tribal land in federal trust for a casino.

To place land in federal trust, the tribe must address a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling known as the Carcieri decision that restricted the ability of the U.S. Department of the Interior to take land into federal trust for tribes recognized after 1934.

The Mashpee Wampanoag received federal recognition in 2007.

“Providing a Native American preference for obtaining a casino license would incur significant risk for the Commonweath,” the lawmakers’ letter states.

“This decision would likely entangle that process in years of litigation.”

“I want to see a casino built,” Cabral said Friday night in a phone interview with the Times. “We need to create revenue and jobs.”

State lawmakers will be taking up the topic of expanded gaming laws next month.

Last year, lawmakers backed a proposal to allow three resort casinos and two slot parlors at state racetracks. Patrick effectively killed that plan when he rejected the slot parlors, citing “no-bid contracts” for track owners. The gambling legislation would have divided the state into three regions and permitted one casino in each. The Southeastern Region would have included Bristol and Barnstable counties.

New proposals that will be debated next month will probably stick with the three-region approach, according to Bialecki’s letter.

Setting aside three areas “is the best way to maintain valuable market capacity and maximize short- and long-term job creation and economic development opportunities for the entire Commonwealth,” Bialecki wrote.

He went on to write that the Mashpee Wampanoag “will be legally entitled to conduct gaming on their tribal lands upon successful resolution of their land-in-trust application with the federal government.”

In an email message to the Times on Friday night, Cedric Cromwell, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council chairman, thanked the Patrick administration for recognizing the tribe’s “inevitable right.”

“We appreciate the acknowledgment from Secretary Bialecki and Governor Patrick that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has the inevitable right to conduct gaming in our ancestral homeland of southeastern Massachusetts,” Cromwell wrote in the email.

“We look forward to negotiating a compact with the governor as soon as possible that will guarantee revenues to the Commonwealth, and to breaking ground on a destination resort casino that will bring much-needed jobs to southeastern Massachusetts.”

But Cabral said the region faces “a cruel irony” because the Legislature could approve casino gambling, then face a long wait for the federal government to take Mashpee Wampanoag land into federal trust for a casino.

A “hybrid” solution or a chimera?

There was a mythical creature known as a chimera, composed of several other distinct animals.  Of course, this was the result someone’s active imagination and the willing acceptance of simple minds.  Such a creature never existed, and never will, though there may be some that will continue to believe.

So, too, are many ready to believe that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe can erect a so called hybrid casino, one neither Indian nor commercial, or both, somehow.  Cedric Cromwell wants you to believe that he can bring Indian gaming to Massachusetts that is not really Indian gaming because we do not have land in trust.  The feds can’t help, he’s on his own.

On the other hand, commercial gaming is not available to us because we nearly literally have neither pot nor window.  If, as in this article in the Cape Cod Times, the legislature rejects any special advantage for Indian tribes,  we’ll not have the collective liquid to fill that pot.  Cromwell & Co. have gotten us into this mess, so remember this in upcoming elections.

Paying large for a pants load

Wanda  Lord was supposed to get us grants. Now we’re told  she’s a consultant making $250 k a year  to look over grants staff  find themselves to keep their programs going.  And on top of it all, the woman says it takes her 3 months to review them before she okays them. What a  scam.  Most grant writers work off a commission.  In other words, they get the tribe the grant, and they help administer it for about 10%.  No one pays someone to be a consultant on grants and not bring a damned thing in…..but the Cromwell administration.   Reliable  Sources say the woman has not brought one grant to the tribe….but keeps getting paid as a consultant.  It’s called no deliverables.  No tangible product. Nada. Nothing.

This is why the original investors spent the money on professionals because,  people, who claim to be leaders,  lie and don’t know what they’re doing and screw things up very nicely. The last two years are a testament to that premise.

Okay now look at this.

More “ No Delieverables “

Cedric Cromwell makes  $68.00  and hour.

Aaron Tobey made $41.00 in 2010 and now he makes $52.00 an hour .

What have they done for us ?

Marie Stone and Mark Harding make close to what Aaron makes and they only show up for Council meetings where they collect another $100 a meeting, and on Fridays to get their pay check. Marie cannot produce the audio records from the time they took over in early Febuary 2009 until present.  We know why.  Ain’t no records.  Just pictures of her banging the gavel…frantically.

The Assistant District attorney should be very interested in that being that the state has jurisdiction over us since we are not sovereign. …with no land in trust.

We are not the Seminoles of Florida ( even though we used to share the same lawyers….back in the day when we were ballers…they were fired by  Mark Harding who hired real estate lawyers in their place). Course the Seminoles own all the Hard Rocks and are opening casinos in Saudi Arabia with their own money while our people languish.

Many of our people do not make $68 a day let alone an hour.  We could give every LEGITIMATE FAMILY IN OUR TINY TRIBE $2,000  a month and fair better than paying outsiders to push us over the cliff.

Cities with populations in the millions do not pay their political leaders hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and their budgets are in the billions….but then again we’re billionaires ain’t we?

No cash flow.

Illegal measures to sell off our donated housing land.

No Economic Development plan to put our people to work.

And now there’s this little matter of the Federal Charter of Incorporation.

Stay tuned.

She come by it honest didn’t she ? She’s got game !

Jessie ( Tobey White) Baird is remarkable.  She has elevated herself to a place of authority and has yet to even produce a high school diploma ( she spent only a few years  in Mashpee).  No undergraduate credentials and the MIT business was a certificate for a few weeks of training according to many other Natives in the program. So how do you become a “LINGUIST”  without an education? You destroy the Tribal Enrollment process because you don’t know how to access the very complicated state of the art program that set the standard for Native America, and begin adding people who do not qualify to be on the rolls, to help your cousin Cedric ( Tobey ) Cromwell.  Then after you screw that up…true to form…you abscond and get that absolutely awesome grant for half a million.

Can  Jessie translate something?  A simple line, something other than the Lords Prayer that has been translated for centuries and is common.  That’s what a linguist does. Won’t happen.  You know why. And the language is extremely difficult to master but it’s available to the public.  Who the hell knows….everyone always laughed when she was asked to do ” a prayer”….what was she saying ? Who knows?  Jessie keeps her persona alive.

The Boston Globe Magazine article about her grant was a precious example of bad native pr…the whole thing about the ancestors speaking to her in a vision….is beyond ridiculous and so gah gah ancient Indian guru speak.  According to tribal members who know…Jessie was a receptionist at the Tribal Council and began looking at the recognition paperwork and decided she would check out the language.  Maybe the ancestors appeared at that point.

Who would tell such a humongous tale but Jessie ?  Because if the ancestors show up in a vision,  it ain’t good. Maybe they will show up and tell her to stop the chicanery and take her cousins Cedric and Aaron with her.  They are, after all doing serious damage to the Tobey good name.


First Person/jessie little doe baird

A gift of gab

Mashpee Wampanoag linguist jessie little doe baird, 47, on bringing back her tribal tongue.

In 1993, you cofounded the project to reclaim Wopanaak, the language of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Did you always want to become a linguist?

This started when I saw my ancestors in a vision. They asked if we were ready to bring our native language home again, after losing it for more than a century. I gauged interest and every response was positive.

Noam Chomsky once said he would have considered your work “impossible.” What drives you?

I feel I was born to do this. There’s a burning desire in me to reclaim what is Wampanoag.

A documentary on your tribe, We Still Live Here, screens today at the Woods Hole Film Festival. What do you want viewers to learn?

That studying our language and keeping our culture intact offers something to all of humanity.

Your daughter, Mae, 7, is the first native Wopanaak speaker in over a century. How is that progressing?

Not well. Putting her in public school was detrimental, because everything is in English. She’ll speak [Wopanaak at home], but seems to socially shy away from it because no one can understand her.

How do you remedy that?

Through a federal grant, we’re training apprentices to be fluent speakers. Hopefully in 2015, we’ll open up an elementary school in Mashpee where all the subjects are taught in Wopanaak. Children taught in their indigenous language are better able to cope with the pressures of their community.

How has life changed since you became a MacArthur Fellow last year?

The day I got the call, I was in tears just for the honor of someone recognizing what I do. It’s not a sexy career, and it’s lonely most of the time. When they told me I was getting half a million dollars, I nearly fell off my chair. Some will go to language-related work. I also paid off medical bills and plan to install insulation in my living room.

Besides education, how else would you like the language used?

I would like to write the stories of European contact from our own perspective. I want my ancestors’ voices heard.

© Copyright 2011 Globe Newspaper Company


Publicity stunt gone bad…time to resign

Reel Wamps called it.  Raynham was a publicity stunt…that bought the Cromwell administration a little money and very little time. Now what?  Go back to Middleboro?  You better check with Master Mark Harding ha ha.  It’s so ridiculous you have to wonder why we continue to be punished.  Millions have been obligated in our name and we have no accounting.  The authorities are fully aware of what’s going on.  There are no audio tapes of any tribal council actions since Cromwell took over in Feb 9, 2009.  We don’t even know if his slate was properly elected.  No one can produce the election sign in sheets ( because it will show that 200 – 250 pending members were added illegally), and so here we are with a  group of uneducated urban people at the helm, and a chairman who just made it on to the roll in 2006 no less.  Imagine that.  Not one of the 1001 are you Mr. Cromwell?
Emily J. Reynolds/The Enterprise

George Carney, owner of Raynham Park, had been in talks with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe about the track, but says those talks have fizzled.

By Matt Stout
Posted Aug 02, 2011 @ 09:26 AM
Last update Aug 02, 2011 @ 10:02 AM
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George Carney, owner of Raynham Park, said Monday that discussions with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe over the future of his dog track are all but dead.

Carney, who last month said he had talked “two or three” times with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe about the track, said Monday the two sides haven’t communicated in close to six weeks. The tribe has been exploring possible sites in southeastern Massachusetts for a gaming facility, including in Middleboro where a casino deal fell through last year.

“I’ve been led to believe they have another location they think is better,” said Carney, who didn’t say what that site might be. “It’s not the end of the world. Not the end of my world, I should say.”

Carney said he is in no other discussions. He said he thinks people are hesitant to enter into any agreement before any decisions regarding legalized gambling are made on Beacon Hill.

Meanwhile, Carney said he wasn’t concerned that state racetracks have been given just a six-month extension to simulcast greyhound and horse racing. In the past, those approvals were for one year.

“It’s one less problem I have for the next six months,” he said.

Gov. Deval Patrick last week signed a bill for the six-month extension, just days before the current agreement was set to expire on Sunday.

If the long-debated bill clearing the path for casinos in Massachusetts passes in the coming months, Carney said he has “been led to believe” one addressing simulcasting will also be attached.

Since voters in 2008 decided to ban live dog racing, simulcasting has served as the lifeblood for the park and its 200-plus employees.

Carney has been an ardent supporter of a legalized gambling bill, which could include provisions for casinos as well as slot parlors at existing racetracks.

But any discussions of incorporating a partner or selling Raynham Park – whether as a possible casino site or otherwise – are on hold at the moment, Carney said.

Massachusetts political leaders are said to be trying to cut a final deal legalizing casino gambling after years of noisy disagreements doomed earlier efforts.

Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray – all Democrats who support some kind of expanded gaming – hope to agree to the broad outlines of a plan before a bill is filed.

The goal is to avoid the caustic rhetoric that pitted Patrick against DeLeo over the issue of allowing slot machines at some of the state’s four racetracks. That clash killed hopes for a casino deal last year.

This time, the three are doing much of their negotiating out of public view. They’re also taking their time to cut a



The Unknown Headdress of Cedric Cromwell

The Indian Country Today column by Cedric Cromwell, about LIT, is clearly written by someone else. It’s riddled with errors concerning our history….but what the hell. Cromwell has never told the true story about anything. Well, the effort to act like he knows something about land into trust, backfired with a host of negative demoralizing comments (20) from a lot of people who don’t like him or Jessie Baird the so called linguist ( wink wink). The past caught up with the both of them and the critics laid it out. His lack of Indian credentials and motivation for gaming ( that has gone down hill) really was the focal point….and it is yet another wound inflicted by someone who really should not be at the helm. He has taken us to a new low.
Take a look for yourself and look at what people think of us because Cedric is not perceived to be Native no matter what costume he puts on. Have a look…