Tribe withdraws Taunton casino request

Tribe withdraws Taunton casino request


DETAILS AS THEY BECOME
AVAILABLE.
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NEW DETAILS–
…ON THE FATE OF A
BILLION DOLLAR RESORT
CASINO PROJECT IN
TAUNTON
THE PROJECT– NOW —
MAY NOT BE HAPPENING.
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JUST BEFORE IT WAS
ABOUT TO RECEIVE A
RULING ABOUT WHETHER
IT QUALIFIES FOR
RESERVATION LAND TO
BUILD THAT CASINO —
THE MASHPEE
WOMANOAG TRIBE
SUDDENLY DROPPED ITS
REQUEST.
NEW TONIGHT–
WE’RE HEARING FROM
TAUNTON RESIDENTS–
AND LEARNING MORE
ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT.
EYEWITNESS NEWS
REPORTER JULIANNE
PEIXOTO IS IN OUR
NEWSROOM WITH MORE.
DESPITE THE PENDING
FEDERAL LAWSUIT —
THE TRIBE BROKE
GROUND ON THE NEW
CASINO LAST YEAR.
IF ALL HAD GONE WELL
FOR THE TRIBE IN COURT

OFFICIALS SAY THE
CASINO WOULD HAVE
OPENED TO THE PUBLIC
NEXT YEAR.
BUT NOW IT SEEMS ALL
CONSTRUCTION PLANS
ARE HALTED.
IS THE MASHPEE WAMPANOAG
TRIBE ENTITLED TO BUILD A
CASINO ON THIS TAUNTON
LAND?
THAT QUESTION —
EXPECTED TO BE ANSWERED
BY THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF
THE INTERIOR YESTERDAY.
BUT BEFORE THE D-O-I’S
DECISION WAS ANNOUNCED —
THE TRIBE SUDDENLY
WITHDREW ITS REQUEST.
“We were ecstatic.”
MICHELLE LITTLEFIELD IS ONE
OF MORE THAN TWO DOZEN
TAUNTON RESIDENTS —
EXCITED BY THE MASHPEE
WAMPANOAG TRIBE’S
DECISION.
THE GROUP HAD FILED A
LAWSUIT —
AND WON A VICTORY LAST
YEAR —
AFTER A U.S. DISTRICT COURT
JUDGE RULED THAT THE LAND
NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN
GIVEN TO THE TRUST IN THE
FIRST PLACE.
“Our community has been very
torn
apart by this, and we hope this
is a
time when our community will
finally
come together and heal. We are
not
the villains here. We are not
the
ones who tried to get illegal
land
and trust.”
“My conclusion that I drew from
ATTORNEY A
they’re done.”
ATTORNEY ADAM BOND HAD
BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE
CASINO LITIGATION FOR NEARLY
A DECADE.
HE SAYS HE WAS SHOCKED
WHEN HE HEARD THE TRIBE
HAD SUSPENDED ITS REQUEST
WITH THE DOI.
“So that says to me that they
weren’t going to get the
decision
they were looking for, and
rather
than get a bad decision, bad for
them in the sense of they don’t
qualify for land in the trust,
they
scrapped it and figured we’ll
wait for
the next interim election, we’ll
wait
for the next presidential
election,
we’ll wait until the political
waters
are easier for us to try to get
the
decision we want.”
IN ITS STATEMENT,
THE TRIBE WROTE —
“This [decision] will preserve
the
Tribe’s rights to seek further
review
and consultation at a later
date, and
investigate all options
available to
secure the Tribe’s land base.”
WHILE THE PLAINTIFFS
ARE CONFIDENT THIS IS
THE END OF THE ROAD
FOR THE CASINO —
THE TRIBE MAY EXPLORE
OTHER AVENUES TO GAIN
THE APPROVAL IT NEEDS.
DETAILS ON THAT COMING
UP ALL NEW AT 6.
LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM,
I’M JUILANNE PEIXOTO
THE PROPOSED BUDGET.
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TONIGHT — IT APPEARS
THE PROPOSED TRIBAL
CASINO IN TAUNTON, MAY
BE ON INDEFINITE HOLD.
THAT’S AFTER LEGAL
WRANGLING OVER THE
LAND — SEEN HERE ON
THE PINPOINT
NEWSTRACKER — CAME
TO AN ABRUPT HALT, AT
THE TRIBE’S REQUEST.
BUT THEY MAY NOT BE
GIVING UP COMPLETELY.
EYEWITNESS NEWS
REPORTER JULIANNE
PEIXOTO IS LIVE IN STUDIO
WITH
THE NEW DETAILS.
IS THE MASHPEE
WAMPANOAG TRIBE
ENTITLED TO BUILD A
CASINO ON TAUNTON
LAND?
THAT QUESTION —
EXPECTED TO BE
ANSWERED BY THE U-S
DEPARTMENT OF THE
INTERIOR YESTERDAY.
BUT BEFORE THE D-O-I’S
DECISION WAS
ANNOUNCED —
THE TRIBE SUDDENLY —
AND UNEXPECTEDLY —
WITHDREW ITS REQUEST.
“I think you need to stick a
fork in
them. I think they’re done at
this
point.”
ATTORNEY ADAM BOND HAD
BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE
CASINO LITIGATION FOR
SEVERAL YEARS.
HE SAYS —
HE WAS SHOCKED WITH THE
TRIBE’S DECISION TO SUSPEND
ITS REQUEST WITH THE D-O-I.
HERE’S WHAT HE THINKS
HAPPENED.
“The department of the interior
said
we’re not going to be giving you
the
decision you want, you might
want
to scrap this right now and wait
for a
later date.”
NOW —
THE TRIBE INTENDS TO APPEAL
A FEDERAL JUDGE’S DECISION
MADE LAST YEAR —
RULING THAT THE TAUNTON
LAND NEVER SHOULD HAVE
BEEN GRANTED IN TRUST TO
THE TRIBE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
IN A STATEMENT —
THE TRIBE TOOK A JAB AT THE
PLAINTIFFS IN THE CASE —
WRITING,
“Last year, a group of
anti-Indian
East Taunton residents filed a
lawsuit challenging the Interior
Department’s authority to hold
Land-in-Trust for the historic
Tribe…”
“It’s very hurtful. Several of
our
plaintiffs feel very slighted by
that.
It’s offensive to people, 25
ordinary
citizens.”
“We are not anti-Indian and
those
are just words of desperation
from a
desperate man.”
THE LITTLEFIELDS ARE PART OF
THE PLAINTIFF GROUP OF 2
DOZEN TAUNTON RESIDENTS.
“We know this is the end of the
road
for them, and for us, and we’re
grateful to have it over with,
it’s been
a long hard-fought battle.”
IN A STATEMENT —
THE TRIBE SAYS IT WILL
NOT ONLY VIGOROUSLY
PROSECUTE THE APPEAL
TO JUDGE YOUNG’S
DECISION–
BUT ALSO EXAMINE ALL
OPTIONS AVAILABLE
UNDER THE LAW.
ASIDE FROM THE
STATEMENT —
NO MEMBER OF THE TRIBE
OR THEIR PUBLIC
RELATIONS FIRM COULD
BE REACHED FOR
COMMENT.
LIVE IN THE STUDIO
JULIANNE PEIXOTO
EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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