Presidential wannabe, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is “wailing” at the sky again about “injustice!” after the Department of the Interior (“DOI”) ruled on Friday that the federal government could not take land in trust on behalf of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, a preliminary move toward the tribe getting its own casino.
The DOI was merely following a 2009 Supreme Court decision limiting such land-in-trust moves to tribes that were recognized by the federal government in 1934, which does not include the Wampanoag. But Sen. Warren needs to flip out at someone, so it might as well be the Trump administration.
The real problem for Warren is that getting the Wampanoag a casino is a major component of her campaign to mitigate her “fake Indian” problem as she prepares to run for the Presidency in 2020. I’ve written about Warren’s fake Indian inoculation campaign before HERE and HERE.
Of course, Sen. Warren has written legislation to circumvent the DOI. But given her immediate hysterical and partisan response to Interior’s decision, it seems unlikely even the few quisling Republicans who were backing her bill will go the extra mile for Fauxcahontas.
Do the Mashpee Wampanoag deserve their own casino? I don’t know. But I also know that it’s not the tribe that is pushing hard to get Warren’s bill passed. The lobbying tab behind the bill in being paid for by Genting, a giant Malaysian gaming concern looking to expand in the U.S.
As previously noted, Genting really needs Liz Warren to come through for them. They fronted the Wampanoag $400 million and they don’t get paid back unless and until the tribe gets its casino. If it all falls through, Genting is out big money.
And now, because she knows no other way, Warren has turned the Wampanoag Indian casino into a hardcore partisan issue, all but killing its chances. We now know definitively that her efforts behind this casino project were all about her Indian problem, not the Indians.