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A reservation proclamation is a beautiful thing.
On Friday, September 18, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, whose ancestors met the first wave of invading English settler colonists to arrive on the shores of Cape Cod almost 400 years ago, received notice that the Interior Department will issue a reservation proclamation announcing that land has been taken into trust for the tribe to create its initial reservation.
Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced Friday that the Interior Department has taken into trust 170 acres of land in the town of Mashpee , Massachusetts, for tribal government, cultural and conservation purposes and 150 acres in trust in the City of Taunton, Massachusetts, for the purpose of constructing and operating a gaming facility and resort. The lands in both Mashpee and Taunton will become the tribe’s first lands held in trust.
“We have sovereign land! We have sovereign land! We did it! We have our own universe!” Mashpee Chairman shouted exuberantly to an excited crowd of Mashpee citizens who had gathered in the government offices/community center building to hear the good news.