Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Will Intervene In Lawsuit
The Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe has decided to intervene in a lawsuit regarding a proposed Taunton casino.
A federal judge ruled on July 28 that the federal Department of Interior erred when it granted land in trust status so the tribe could build its First Light Resort and Casino.
Chairman Cedric Cromwell issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the Tribal Council voted unanimously to approve “Intervention” in the case of David Littlefield, et al., v United States Department of Interior, Civil Action No. 16-10184-WGY.
Although the tribe wasn't directly mentioned in the lawsuit, Chairman Cromwell says the tribe felt it was in their best interest to join with the Department of Interior in any future actions.
"No one entity can speak of our history and significant spiritual ties to our Land better than we can," said Cromwell "this action will allow us the ability to strengthen our voice in further land court proceedings whether district or appellate court levels, or both."
Federal officials haven't yet said whether or not they plan to appeal the ruling.