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#1 Apr-02-2020 09:39:am

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Supporters rally around Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Full Article: https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20200 … noag-tribe

Since the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received the news Friday that its land would be taken out of trust, it has received an outpouring of support and calls to action.

Tribal officials are calling on the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass bill H.R. 312, also known as the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act.

Since the tribe created a petition Saturday in hope of getting 100,000 signatures, more than 195,000 people have signed.

Legislators and celebrities have released statements calling out the U.S. Department of the Interior’s order to disestablish the tribe’s reservation and remove its land-in-trust status.

State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, and state Rep. David Vieira, R-Falmouth, said Monday they plan to circulate a letter to colleagues in the state Legislature and others in the public voicing their disappointment with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s order.

“The intent is to really convey our strong disappointment that the federal government would take this sort of action against any tribe, let alone doing so in the midst of a national emergency is cruel and pathetic  Cyr said Monday. “It is very sad that as we mark 400 years since first contact, at least in Massachusetts with the Pilgrims, that the People of the First Light would be treated by the federal government in such a cruel and unacceptable way.

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