FIRST LIGHT RESORT & CASINO MOVES FORWARD

Dear Tribal Family and Friends,

The purpose for my message is to inform our Tribal Community that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Gaming Authority (MWTGA) has selected three leading firms to start the demolition and site work needed to construct First Light Resort & Casino on tribal lands in Taunton.

The Gaming Authority is also eyeing April 5thas a possible date to break ground on its destination resort facility and I will follow up with complete details as they develop.

The firms contracted by the MWTGA to begin pre-construction work are Dimeo Construction Company, The Penta Building Group, and Talako Construction, LLC.

As you are aware, we have a Compact with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, support from the city of Taunton, and our reservation land in Taunton. We are now ready to move quickly in the construction of a world-class destination resort, which will provide a much needed boost to the regional economy and help secure a more prosperous future for our Tribe – the People of the First Light.

The firms we have engaged are recognized leaders in the industry and an indication of the type of facility we intend to build. We look forward to updating the state Gaming Commission on our plans next week.

The three firms selected to oversee the joint venture construction management services, demolition and site work for First Light Resort & Casino are well-known in the gaming industry. Dimeo Construction oversaw the construction of the Twin River Casino in Rhode Island. The Penta Building Group has led numerous gaming projects in Las Vegas and elsewhere, while Talako Construction worked on several projects in the south east.

The Tribe has already developed a building code ordinance and the MWTGA has put a building code enforcement team in place to oversee inspections of the development.

As a reminder, we will present a First Light Resort & Casino update at the monthly Tribal membership meeting this Sunday March 13that 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 15, the Tribe will update the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on itsFirst Light Resort & Casino plans at a public meeting scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Both events will take place the the MWT C&G Center.

I realize there is a heavy flow of information that I have been passing along in recent weeks. This is in an effort to keep our Tribal citizens as informed as possible with the most accurate information possible.

Thank you for your attention and understanding as progress on our First Light Resort & Casino is becoming steadier with each passing day….which is a reflection of our positive momentum!

 

Kutâputunumuw!

Important Tribal Updates in March

Dear Tribal Family,

Please mark your calendars. We will be providing an update to the Tribal Citizens on our First Light Resort & Casino project in Taunton at the 2nd  Sunday General Membership meeting on Sunday, March 13th from 2-4 pm.

Also, on Tuesday, March 15th, we will be hosting the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at our Community & Government Center in the afternoon.

If you are able, please come and help us extend our hospitality as members of the state’s Gaming Commission visit our Reservation, the seat of our Tribal Government to learn more about the history of our Nation and how important Sovereignty is to our People – The People of the First Light. They will also  receive an update of our future plans for our First Light Resort & Casino.

Under the terms of the Tribal-State Compact signed by former Governor Deval Patrick and myself in 2013, our Tribe and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will have a long-term relationship as we move forward with our development plans on our land in Taunton.

I will share further specifics on the MGC’s visit here to Mashpee as the date approaches. This will be an unprecedented occasion and I have no doubt our guests will be utterly impressed by our Land, our Home and our People!

 

Kutâputunumuw!

Cedric Cromwell, Chairman