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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mashpee Wampanoag/Genting Tribe resorts to name-calling!

To those blind supporters who have blindly accepted the Fools' Gold offered and failed to consider FACTS: how can you think the crime and poverty and unemployment of Atlantic City will avoid you?

This is what you're supporting:

Re-wind the tape to Mashpee Wampanoag performances in Middleboro.

Before becoming a guest in federal prison, Glenn Marshall responded to simple questions about the casino impacts with irrational accusations of racism.....

The Mashpee Wampanoag/Genting Tribe seems to have continued its name-calling, blinded to the debt they've incurred courtesy of Genting and living well beyond their means!

You sold your souls, folks!

You don't even understand what you've done....

The day this was posted, it was saved in its entirety. The site was hacked.

When the site was restored, this entry was missing:

Genting Connected to Islamic Extremists?

No one even asks who you got in bed with?


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Vice Chairwoman Jessie "Little Doe" Baird, there were
certain kinds of people at last night's Bureau of Indian Affairs hearing about
the tribe's plan to build a casino in Taunton: tribal members and their allies -
okay, fine - "NIMBYs" - as you would expect - 
"xenophobes" and "skinheads" - hey now! You can image that casino opponents weren't thrilled with the characterization.

Casino backers, opponents clash at Taunton public hearing
By Gerry Tuoti
Posted Dec 04, 2013

The Bureau of Indian Affairs came to town Tuesday as supporters and opponents of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s proposed casino shared their views and concerns, occasionally clashing with one another.

“Acquiring the land that is subject to this land-in-trust application is essential to the sovereignty of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe,” Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell said.

The BIA held the hearing Tuesday at Taunton High School to solicit public comments on the draft environmental impact statement. The study details impacts the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s proposal to build a $500 million resort casino on 151 acres in and around Liberty Union Industrial
Park in East Taunton would have on infrastructure and the environment.

The issuance of the draft environmental impact statement and the public review of the study is a standard step in the complex land-in-trust application process the tribe is undergoing.

Tribal Vice Chairwoman Jessie “Little Doe” Baird said the land is part of the Mashpee’s ancestral territory. She then told the BIA officials that they would hear comments from all types of people, including “xenophobes”, “skinheads” and “NIMBYs”, as well as tribal members and their allies.
Some casino opponents said they found Baird’s comments unfair.

“Jessie ‘Little Doe’ Baird has offended me,” said Francis Legace, who lives on Stevens Street, 1/8 mile away from the proposed casino site. “I’m not a xenophobe; I’m trying to protect my home... Her statement was very inflammatory.”

The tribe’s plans call for a 400,000-square-foot resort casino featuring a 15-story hotel tower, a total of 900 hotel rooms, a 132,000 gambling floor and multiple restaurants. A 25,000-square-foot water park would be added in the final round of construction

“This project will create jobs that are desperately needed in southeastern Massachusetts,” casino supporter David Fenton said.

Some opponents questioned the conclusions in the report.

“I find so many half truths, lies of omission and outright lies in this report, I can describe it only as fraudulent,” Middleboro Selectman Allin Frawley said.

The Mashpee signed an agreement with Middleboro in 2007 to build a casino in that town, and Frawley accused the tribe of failing to uphold the terms of the pact.

The report describes the current conditions at the proposed casino site, projects the impacts a casino would have on the area and details planned mitigation. It also describes the impacts two scaled-down alternatives would have, as well as a no-build option.

The tribe’s preferred plan would result in a number of impacts on existing infrastructure, including more than 20,000 new vehicle trips on peak days, an increase of more than 300,000 gallons per day drawn from Taunton’s water system and 225,000 additional gallons of wastewater generated each day, according to the report.

The traffic figure includes more than 10,000 trips in and out of the casino.

Epsilon Associates Project Manager David Hewitt, who helped prepare the study, said the proposed infrastructure mitigation would make traffic flow “equal to or better” than it currently does at many intersections in the city, despite the large increase in volume.

Proposed mitigation includes enhanced water infrastructure and dozens of improvements to offsite roads, including routes 24 and 140 and the Hart’s four Corners intersection.

“How many businesses come to Taunton, come to your community, and mitigate everything?” casino supporter Terry Quinn said.

Some casino opponents, however, said the mitigation wouldn’t cover all the affected intersections.

State Rep. Keiko Orrall, R-Lakeville, also noted that the study doesn’t examine impacts in Lakeville, Berkley or Middleboro, or address the Route 79/Route 140 interchange.

Taunton casino opponent Dave Littlefield urged the BIA to more closely examine potential impacts on Taunton Municipal Airport. He cited a 2008 letter Gov. Deval Patrick wrote in opposition to the tribe’s Middleboro casino proposal, in which the governor listed impacts on airports as a concern.

The hearing came as questions continue to swirl regarding the tribe’s ability to qualify for sovereign land, which is needed to build a tribal casino. A 2009 Supreme Court decision ruled that tribes that were not under federal jurisdiction prior to the passage of the Indian Reorganization Act in 1934 are ineligible to have land taken in trust. Mashpee leaders claim that although the tribe wasn’t federally recognized until 2007, they were under a form of federal jurisdiction.

The draft environmental impact statement is available online at, at the Taunton Public Library or at Mashpee Wampanoag tribal Headquarters in Mashpee.

The BIA is accepting written comments until Jan. 17. Comments can be mailed to: Mr. Franklin Keel, Eastern Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern Region, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37214.


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