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In this 2014 photo, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell speaks at the opening of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Community and Government Center in Mashpee, Massachusetts. On March 27, the U.S. Department of the Interior ordered the removal of 321 acres of the tribe’s land out of federal trust. Photo courtesy of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. [via United Methodist News Service]

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 deminishment

of their homelands since


    After an arduous process

lasting more than three decades,

the Mashpee Wampanoag were re-acknowledged as a federally recognized tribe in 2007. In 2015, the federal government declared 320 acres in Massachusetts as the Tribe’s initial reservation, where they can exercise full tribal sovereignty.
    Now the Trump Administration has decertified the protected land of the indigenous Mashpee people. This is colonialism and must be stopped.The Mashpee Tribe has legislation in Congress Senate that will protect their land:
the "Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (HR.312)."

See this informative article from the United Methodist News Service:
“Native caucus sounds alarm over tribal land dispute”

See this piece in The Guardian:  Trump administration revokes tribe’s reservation status in ‘power grab’
The Native American International Caucus (NAIC) is one of our church's ethnic caucuses and one of UMKR's fellow members in the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC).  Download the NAIC open letter to legislators has a petition to the U.S. Congress calling for support of the tribe’s legislation. It has over 280,000 signatures. Help them get to 300,000! 
Sign the petition to Congress

For those in the US: Send a message directly to your legislators. Color of Change has one prepared to make that easy.  Take action here


UN Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

The humanitarian community

in the occupied Palestinian

territory has released a detailed

plan aimed at preventing further transmission of
COVID-19 and mitigating the worst effects of the pandemic, laying the foundations for the Government of Palestine’s response plan. To implement the plan, we are urgently requesting that donors contribute US$34 million.
See the summary
Download the full plan

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during COVID-19

The campaigns and actions on

this page have moved to a more

permanent home: our page for ACTION/CAMPAIGNS

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RESOURCES for those who are concerned about the COVID-19 situation in Palestine.


TOOLKIT:Organizing for Palestinian Rights in the time of COVID-19  Download it 


Christian Organizations write to President Trump and Secretaries Mnuchin and Pompeo

Urge Trump administration to lift sanctions hurting the people of Iran and Syria, end US support for Israel's blockade of Gaza and press Israel to ensure all needed supplies can reach Gaza  Download the letter

Christian Organizations write to the U.S. Congress
Urge Congress to restore humanitarian aid to Palestinians including UNRWA, aid that had been cut by the Trump administaions, and thank them for their efforts to provide aid in the previous year 
Download the letter


Political Analysts of Al-Shabaka:
Publications on COVID-19

•  What the coronavirus outbreak means for Palestinian refugees
     by Yara Hawari, The New Arab

•  Coronavirus outbreak in the time of apartheid
     by Osama Tanous, Al Jazeera English

•  Israel’s caging of Gaza is a recipe for coronavirus disaster

     by Jehad Abusalim, +972 Magazine

•  ‘A hotbed for fake news’: How Palestinians are

     fighting coronavirus misinformation
     Yara Asi and Marwa Fatafta, +972 Magazine