Monday, December 15, 2008

Late to the Game: Ex-Chief Pleading Guilty

Like cheese and wine, Mulder and Skully and peanut butter and jelly, casinos and criminal activity just go together. Today's story about ex-Wampanoag chief Glenn Marshall is no exception. It made Gladys's holidays - and I dare say Dan Kennedy has a thing or two to say about it.

Suffice it to say, I'm not quite so sure how long the Wampanoag's are going to want to hold onto that land they planned to use for the casino - because between the economy and all this Glenn Marshall stuff (illegal contributions to get the tribe federal status included), it's just not in the decks anymore.


Anonymous said...

Here's the thing about the land:

The Mashpee Wampanoag don't own it. Never did. Last I heard it was owned by Herb Strather of Detroit. It was his company AtMashpee L.L.C that funneled money into Marshall's Fisherman Fund so they could make illegal campaign contributions and screw the tribe by letting Marshall use the funds like his personal bank account.

Dan Kennedy said...

It just gets better. There's a strong argument to be made now that there isn't even a tribe, at least not one recognized by the federal government and able to operate a casino.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's federal recognition is the fruit of a poisoned process, and thus must be called into question. This is much better than if merely the casino process were implicated.

The fact that we all knew something like this was coming more than a year ago doesn't make this moment any less enjoyable, does it?

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