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Discussion to be held about disestablishment of tribe in Massachusetts

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (Mashpee Facebook)

Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (Massachusetts) will  discuss efforts by the Interior Department to disestablish the Tribe’s reservation. The 60-minute listening session will be held May 4 at 2 p.m. It will feature Cedric Cromwell, chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation, and Jessie little doe Baird, vice chair. They will co-host the session with First Congregational Church of West Tisbury via Zoom. For dial-in, call (929) 205-6099. Meeting ID: 914 2038 3777. Password: 798988.

For more information and a link to the session go to www.wtcongregationalchurch.org.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has launched a #StandwithMashpee campaign on Facebook and YouTube. The Tribe said it has received more than 271,000 signatures on a petition.

“The Secretary of the Interior has ordered that our reservation be disestablished and that our land be taken out of trust,” Chairman Cromwell said in a statement. “ Not since the termination era of the mid-twentieth century has a Secretary taken action to disestablish a reservation.”

According to the Cape Cod Times, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hold a hearing May 7 on the Tribe’s motion for a preliminary injunction in a bid to preserve its land in trust status.

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