Rhode Island lawmakers signal opposition to Mashpee tribe bill Tanner Stening, Cape Cod Times · September 21, 2018 at 12:08 am A bill sponsored by Bay State Democrats that would end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation could be facing opposition from within the party and just over the border in the Ocean State. U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., whose district is home to Rhode Island’s gambling industry, is opposing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reaffirmation Act, according to a spokesman for Cicilline. Though it appears Cicilline has not yet formally written to party leadership expressing his opposition, he sent a letter signed by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo stating her opposition to the bill to every member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. This summer the committee held a hearing on the bill, which Massachusetts lawmakers introduced in both the House and the Senate as a means of preserving the tribe’s reservation after a lawsuit threatened it.