Kudos to “Bellicose Bumpkin” for his open letter to the Governor, state Senator Pacheco, et al, regarding a tribal casino in southeastern Mass. Bumpkin links to a letter with supporting documentation from Middleborough attorney Adam Bond:
Please take a look at this letter that was submitted to the Bureau of Indian Affairs asking them to reject the Mashpee’s application for trust land in East Taunton – or anywhere else for that matter. It references their own letters, several of them in fact, that state emphatically, clearly, unequivocally … and repeatedly that the Mashpee Wampanoag were NOT UNDER FEDERAL JURISDICTION prior to 1934. Were not. Understand that I am not just giving my interpretation – this evidence actually uses the words “not under federal jurisdiction”. Snap. Slam. Dunk. Done.
He concludes that a Carcieri fix is the only recourse:
The ONLY … again ONLY way the Mashpee can get reservation land is by … literally … an act of Congress.