Taunton casino’s fate tied to landless tribe’s legal battle
In 2010, the Cowlitz Indians in the Pacific Northwest celebrated having finally persuaded the federal government to take land in Washington State into trust as the tribe’s initial reservation. The Cowlitz have grand plans: a $500 million gambling resort. Two years later the project is on hold, frozen by federal lawsuits. The travails of the Cowlitz are resonating across the country, all the way to Taunton, where another landless tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag, propose their own casino resort.