Despite setback, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe pushes ahead with Middleboro casino plan:
... Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell said the Bureau of Indian Affairs has given his tribe the “green light” to continue with the process that began with its August 2007 application.The tribe contends that the court decision ruled it would take an act of Congress to take land into trust for tribes that were recognized after the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. Cromwell said the tribe was under federal jurisdiction in the 1800s, and therefore not constrained by the decision.“We were under federal jurisdiction as part of the 13 Colonies,” Cromwell said.
Sometimes, I don't even have to blog about something because someone does it for me. Case in point, comment #44 on my previous blog:
The tribe is posturing. The only way to prove they were under federal jurisidction is if they had a treaty with the government.
They were under state jursidiction. Always have been.
The person who posted here and asked if the tribe was a state created tribe is absolutely right. They were citizens of the Town of Mashpee, which was considered an "Indian District". But the point is: they were citizens! Complete with full protection of our laws, and the right to vote.
The history books say so.
The Final Determination of the tribe's historical status (as defined by our FEDERAL government) says so.
They have no right to the benefits of the IRA (as Gladys will prove when she completes her research).
The tribe isn't telling it like it is.
And the media is supporting the lies by reporting them. God forbid a reporter should have to check the facts.
Besides all that......
Middleboro didn't need the SC decision in order to stop this casino. If RI had lost this case, and the tribe was granted full access to the IRA, we STILL wouldn't get a casino. There are no historical ties to the land. And even if they change the regulations, they can't change the fact that the tribe has already historically tied themselves to Mashpee. (See Carver Chicks blog, "The Ties That Bind".)
When will the Middleboro BoS start checking the law for answers, and stop reading the newspapers?
I am so sick of the colossal mistakes of our leadership. Never have I seen so many mistakes made by so few.
Short answer: If it wasn't the Carcieri decision it would have been something else to stop a Middleboro casino. It has always been a fractured fairy tale.
When the casino buzz wears off and the hangover fades what will remain is how truly pathetic Middleboro's leadership has been. But now there is an opportunity to change that. If voters re-elect Steven Spataro or any other individual convinced a casino is coming, they will be settling for another three years of someone who isn't concerned about doing their due dilligence for the town. Just another individual living in a fairy tale. And that's the bottom line.
In the meantime, the Tribe and the Town can turn blue holding their breath for the enchanted casino.
The rest of us can exhale.