April 2018 Mittark

Bill Affirms Tribe's Reservation Rights.

Bipartisan group of federal lawmakers pushes legislation to forever protect Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe's land-in-trust.


Congress may step in to end an ongoing legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s efforts to secure reservation land and build a casino.

A bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass. and co-sponsored by a cadre of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, would reaffirm a 2015 decision by the U.S Department of Interior to take 171 acres in Mashpee and 150 acres in Taunton into trust, and establish statutory safeguards against further litigation on the matter in federal court.

Chairman's Column


Greetings Tribal Family,

We’ve received a tremendous amount of support from our friends in the federal government last month – from both sides of the isle. Last month our U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren signed a letter along with fellow republican and democrat senators urging Congress to provide significant funding to tribes to combat the opioid epidemic…something we’ve been investing heavily in over the past few years and welcome any additional support we can get. We also saw members of both parties come


Tribal Yoga Focuses on Kindness and Recovery


When Cecilia “Kima” King, a Mashpee Wampanoag tribal citizen, first learned she could become a certified yoga instructor, she thought about how many of her fellow tribe members she could help.

“I just remember thinking, ‘I am so excited,’” King said.

She received her yoga certificate from Diane Kovanda in Centerville several years ago, and recently started teaching classes at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center in January. Kovanda, who’s been teaching yoga for more than 25 years, is the founder and director of training at the Kind School Yoga, and a force for spreading the practice of yoga across Cape Cod.

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