Dear Tribal Family,
A lawsuit financed by the Brockton casino group was filed today against the Department of Interior to challenge their decision on our land into trust. They are using an anti-Tribe group in East Taunton as plaintiffs.
The lawsuit challenges whether the Secretary of the Interior has authority under the Indian Reorganization Act to place land into trust for the Tribe, whether the Tribe has sufficient historical ties to our reservation, and whether there was adequate environmental review of our project in Taunton.
The Department of Justice will vigorously defend this suit.
And as always, the Tribe will defend its interests in the court of public opinion as well as the federal court in Boston.
Chairman, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation