Mashpee Wampanoag is currently unable to build its recommended casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. The reason for this is that the tribal reservation was recently announced to be canceled by Interior Minister David Bernhardt.
The federal directive means that if the 321 acres of the tribe can not somehow win a difficult legal victory or can get Congressional intervention, it has to be taken out of trust. However, despite the order being issued, the tribe continues to be federally recognized.
The tribe owes Genting Malaysia an amount of $440 million to participate in the intricate game of this giant casino. By November of last year, Cromwell had reaffirmed that the casino would continue to be built as originally planned. By the way, the casino was meant to contain lots of casino games, including dozens of game tables, thousands of slots machines and more.
On Friday, during a phone call to speak to an official with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Cromwell became aware of the new decrees. At this time, Cromwell is making every effort to help the tribe deal with the very complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Speaking in an online statement, Mitch Cromwell said his tribe struggled desperately to deal with the COVID -19 epidemic. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has ordered that their reservations be canceled, and their land lost trust. At that time, the United States recorded 100,000 coronavirus infections – a world record to date.
Recently, the tribe also closed the Community and Government Center because of the effects of the epidemic indefinitely. The center will operate again until further notice. As of Saturday, there were 4,257 people with coronavirus infection in Massachusetts, including 44 who died in Bay State.
Upon receiving this order, Cromwell said he had wondered when the order would take effect. At the same time, he also expected to be explained more clearly.
The tribe’s assets were first trusted in 2015, a time when President Barack Obama was in office. By 2018, President Donald Trump reversed the decision. That might open the door to different online casinos eventually.