Land in Trust at any “Cost” has consequences

It’s a good idea to read stories by Marc Larocque in the the Taunton Gazette. Larocque is a serious reporter who thoroughly researches his stories. He also substantiates why certain things will happen and why the worst is yet to come concerning the casino. He actually interviews people who know and understand Indian law.  He is a straight shooter and  he does more than print a press release and make fun of tribal members futile attempts to fight the corrupt Cromwell regime.  We have to give him credit for telling the whole story and what to expect.

Since we’re honest at Reel Wamps we have to admit that Larocque has confirmed every aspect of our speculation concerning the flimsy LIT decision, the state’s continued skepticism about the Arkana (tribal) casino while it considers issuing a commercial license and lawsuits that are bound to delay it by 3-4 years. Read the whole story from November 5: Below is a excerpt.


Brockton casino developers say Taunton casino won’t happen

“The Brockton casino proposal is the only remaining commercial license applicant pursuing a license provided to the southeastern region by the state’s gaming law. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission expects to make a decision on whether to issue a commercial license to Brockton by March. Tribal casinos are given preferential treatment under the Massachusetts law, but the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s proposal is likely to face challenges in court over the legitimacy of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to award land in trust to the tribe for its project site in Taunton.

Mass Gaming and Entertainment presented a lawyer who specializes in Indian law and litigation, who claimed that the Department of Interior’s decision is “seriously flawed,” based on an “unprecedented” interpretation of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and a disregard for historical evidence that is critical to understanding the law.

David Tennant, a partner at the firm Nixon Peabody, said that several tribes have been unsuccessful in their efforts to petition Congress to change the precedent setting Carcieri v. Salazar decision issued by the Supreme Court in 2009, which held that a decision to grant land into trust hinges on whether the tribe was under federal jurisdiction in 1934 when the IRA became law. ”

Again, the only beneficiaries are Shovel Ready Ceddie and his gang.  They get paid more than city commissioners serving millions of people.  There is no profit to be seen from that casino (if it’s built) for 11 years.

Mashpee Wampanoag leader Eben Queppish pulled our paperwork together in 1933, but it was never filed. Maybe he knew who would be in charge.

Mashpee Wampanoag leader Eben Queppish pulled our paperwork together in 1933, but it was never filed. Maybe he knew who would be in charge.

Also, a group of tribal members are headed back to federal court to sue  the Bureau for reparations. Other tribes recently got a big fat check, and have already set the precedent  After all we were under federal jurisdiction they just forgot our benefits for 104 years right Kevin Washburn.? Oh ya they completely forgot our roll numbers too right?Where’s that top notch Indian lawyer Arlinda Locklear? Trying to protect that bullet proof LIT decision no doubt. Lots missing all the way around.