Mashpee voters to decide on land deal with Wampanoag tribe

Mashpee, Massachusetts (AP) 2-08

Selectmen have voted to put a land deal with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe before a special town meeting.

The select board voted 3-0, with one abstaining, to hold the special town meeting in April.

Selectman Don Meyers says lawyers are finalizing the document and the board expects to vote on it late Febuary.

The tribe has approved the deal to place 140 acres into trust through the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. It includes a promise that the tribe would not try to build a casino, or make further claims to land owned by the town or private citizens in Mashpee.

Tribal council chairman Shawn Hendricks says its members look forward to a “continued partnership” with the town.