Massachusetts: Ex-US rep to represent Mashpee Wampanoags

Former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt has been hired by the Mashpee Wampanoags to lobby on behalf of the tribe at the state and federal levels, including in efforts to open a casino in Massachusetts.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell said in a statement Thursday that the relationship is a natural extension of Delahunt’s advocacy while representing the tribe in Congress from 1997 until earlier this year. The Democrat, also former Norfolk district attorney, did not run for re-election.

Delahunt said the tribe’s dealings with the government have been marked by “bureaucracy, impasse, inertia, and sometimes outright hostility” and he is proud to represent them.

Wampanoag efforts to build a resort-style casino in Middleborough and Fall River in recent years have stalled. The state Legislature has still not approved casinos.

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