“We Won!!” ~ Brockton Casino Denied by Massachusetts Gaming Commission and Mashpee wins full exclusivity of Region “C” Gaming landscape

Dear Tribal Family,

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4-1 to deny a Brockton Commercial Casino.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has full exclusivity for Class 3 Gaming in Region C!!

We Won!!

Congratulations My People!!

God is Great All The Time!!

Regards,

Cedric Cromwell – Chairman & President

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

2016 Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Annual Balanced Budget for Tribal Operations – Passed!

Dear Tribal Family,

I am pleased to inform you that after months of painstaking work by Tribal Council and Department directors, the 5th annual budget under this administration was passed overwhelmingly by Tribal Citizens who attended the budget presentation at our monthly general membership meeting on April 10.

Of the 119 ballots cast, 88 voted in favor while 31 voted no.

As I noted in my budget letter that was sent out to Tribal households last month, this budget prioritizes funding for housing, healthcare, education, health & human services, Elder and youth services, as well as our food pantry. The model we use – a “wrap-around” services approach – is designed for Tribal Citizens who may have needs in more than one area to tap into all that our Tribal government offers in a much easier way.

This budget also includes resources needed for our own Tribal public safety officers, as we implement Tribal law and order. To do that in a fully accountable and responsible way necessitates we develop and manage our relationships with the Town of Mashpee, City of Taunton, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. One example of that being the funding needed to execute our Inter-Governmental Agreement which details the infrastructure and traffic improvements needed in order for our First Light Resort & Casino to move forward, as required by federal environmental law.

As I reflect back on the past year, I am amazed at how much has been accomplished, culminating in re-establishing our Sovereign Land.

And now that we have accomplished that, we are fully focused on the forward advancement of our economic development plans, even as we provide programs and services for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation.

I want to thank our Tribal Community for supporting and passing the annual budget. I also want to thank the MWT Elections Committee for presiding over the efficient voting process as well as the Tribal Council for providing due diligence, ensuring the integrity of the process, and seeing to it that vital annual funding levels are honored to support our growth as a Sovereign Tribal Nation!

Kut√Ęputunumuw!