The National Congress of American Indians is asking the Trump administration to explain the decision not to recognize the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

The country's largest Native American organization said on Tuesday that it strongly disagrees with the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision to reverse the ruling on land being held in trust for the Cape Cod tribe.

The American Indian organization has asked the agency to explain what last week's decision signifies for Indian land policy going forward.

In 2015, the Interior Department took 321 acres near Taunton intro trust for the Mashpee. The following year, a federal judge asked the agency to reconsider after local residents who opposed the building of a resort casino on the land began a lawsuit.

According to, the last is still in trust pending a final court order.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, Inc., formerly known as the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, is one of two federally recognized tribes of Wampanoag people in Massachusetts. Recognized in 2007, they are headquartered in Mashpee on Cape Cod. The other tribe is the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Martha's Vineyard.

In 2014 the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe consists of more than 2600 enrolled members. In 2015 their 170 acres in Mashpee and an additional 150 acres in Taunton, Massachusetts were taken into trust on their behalf by the US Department of Interior, establishing these parcels as reservation land.

Indigenous peoples lived on Cape Cod for at least ten thousand years. The historic Algonquian-speaking Wampanoag were the native people encountered by the English colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the seventeenth century. The Wampanoag also controlled considerable coastal area. They were one of the several Algonquian-speaking tribes in what are now considered Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Wampanoag and English (later European Americans) interacted and shaped each other's cultures for centuries, with intermarriage also taking place.

The Mashpee Tribe gained formal federal recognition as a tribe in 2007. Led by its chairman Shawn Hendricks, who was elected to succeed Marshall, tribe representatives worked with Abramoff's lobbyist colleague Kevin A. Ring to pursue a plan to develop Indian gaming, as this seemed a route to generate revenues to help the tribe take care of its people. In 2008 Ring was indicted and convicted on federal corruption charges linked to his work for the Mashpee band.

Responses to "Natives want answers on Trump's decision of not to recognize Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe"

  1. Unknown says:

    What else is new wanting to break another promise.We need to started taking back what belongs to us

  2. The Orange Shit Stain probably wants to take their lands to build Mar-a-Lago North, or something similarly as gauche and insulting.

  3. ShawneeMary says:

    A day of reckoning is drawing nearer...& the Master of Life will destroy the evil ones with the brightness of His coming & all will be restored back to our Creator as it should be. He called our S.T.U.N. = Sovereign Tribal United Nations to be the stewards over this land of Turtle Island. We are of the Ancient Tribe of GAD, Yaccob / Israel`s 7th born son of the 12 Sons that became the 12 Hebrew Tribes of Israel. Tecumseh laid down his life defending our land & people ...our SOVEREIGN TRIBAL UNITED NATIONS that he forged & sealed with his Tribal Blood. My (4 Great Grandfather of the Algonquian Nation prophesied of his return in the 7th Generation. Aho

  4. Anonymous says:

    Laura, the only orange shit stain is the one in your diaper. Racist.

  5. Unknown says:

    I am of many various N.E.groups of this land we call turtle island. Wampanoag being one of them, through my ancestreal lineage.
    This was very concerning and hurtful to our people. Not only us of the North East, but, through out this country.
    It was received as a beginning of the continuation of attempting to earase the original inhabitants from history.
    One of my ancestors was he who formed the Six Nations and his ways and words were what was used to create this countries Constitution.
    Now, I wonderif we should have seen the writing on the wall. Want what we have and take by any means......
    So so sad, it is....
    Waawaashkeshei ( Littledeer)

  6. duskbear says:

    Anonymous! She is referring to Trump. And he is an orange shit stain! It can't be a racist remark because Trump is a satanic entity. And, how dare Laura have an opinion right?! Have you ever considered getting professional help and perhaps large shots of Haldol?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I would think his decision goes back to his battle with eastern tribes over casinos. One can then surmise and study what all that entails.

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