The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is a Native American tribe located in Massachusetts. The tripe originally was located on the cape and Rhode Island, as well as Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. It is the only tribe in Massachusetts recognized by the U.S. government. The tribe started the Massachusetts gambling competition when it announced plans in 2007 to build a $1-billion casino-hotel complex in Middleboro. This proposal was a main instigator in the discussion about gambling in Massachusetts and now three racetracks, a second Indian tribe and other commercial groups have also announced various plans of opening gambling venues in New Bedford, Fall River, Raynham, Plainville, Milford and Palmer. The people involved obviously include the members of the tribe, led by the Wampanoag Chief, Vernon Lopez . The tribal council of ten elected officials also plays a big role. The council is led by its chairwoman, Cheryl Andrews-Maltais. The tribe recently hired William Delahunt, a former U.S. representative as the tribe’s lobbyist and consultant.
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