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

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