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To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

Land is Sacred: Stand With the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the very tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims in the 1600s, is at risk of losing what is left of their homelands due to a determination made by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Why is this important?

The Mashpee Wampanoag, the People of the First Light, have occupied the same region for over 12,000 years and have faced diminishment of their homelands since colonization. The latest decision is a blow to Tribal sovereignty and undermines the future and sustainability of the tribal nation. The Tribe is asking Congress to protect its reservation lands and has put forth the "Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (HR.312)." We are asking for signatures in support of this legislation.

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Reasons for signing

  • Massachusetts has almost been completely appropriated, let's not take the last little bits.
  • This is THEIR land, and WE the America people are nothing but colonist!
  • The very people who saved strangers & allowed this nation to be birthed should not be harmed by it again, now or ever. A local tribe was involved in a lawsuit. The debt owed to them BY TREATY was left forever unpaid because the treaty was signed before SCOTUS formed. If not the Supreme Court of the land, who recognizes "legally binding" agreements between the settlers & the Native people relying on the strength of those treaties?

Updates

2020-11-21 19:57:22 -0500

300,000 signatures reached

2020-04-02 04:32:38 -0400

200,000 signatures reached

2020-04-01 13:48:43 -0400

150,000 signatures reached

2020-04-01 13:10:50 -0400

Amid Crisis Tribe Files Emergency Injunction with DC Court https://mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov/news/2020/3/31/amid-crisis-tribe-files-emergency-injunction-with-dc-court

2020-04-01 12:35:17 -0400

Here's more information about The Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project http://www.wlrp.org/

2020-04-01 12:33:55 -0400

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's website https://mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov/

2020-03-30 18:32:15 -0400

100,000 signatures reached

2020-03-29 15:11:14 -0400

50,000 signatures reached

2020-03-29 09:11:58 -0400

20,000 signatures reached

2020-03-29 00:09:08 -0400

10,000 signatures reached

2020-03-28 21:54:06 -0400

5,000 signatures reached