The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is now suing the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Tribal attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court September 27 challenging a Sept. 7 determination from the department that reversed an Obama-era decision to secure 321 acres of tribal land into trust. The latest ruling declared that the tribe was not under federal jurisdiction in 1934 — the year the Indian Reorganization Act was passed.

The new complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the department and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, alleges that the agency “failed to apply established law” by “contorting relevant facts and ignoring others to engineer a negative decision” with respect to the tribe’s land.

Tribe Welcomes Support for land in Trust

Tribe Welcomes Support for land in Trust

In the wake of the federal government’s decision to rule against the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Mashpees have had a few moments in the limelight recently, both in the pop culture world and the national tribal community.

Tribal leaders and drum group Eastern Suns opened a concert for alternative pop band Portugal. The Man at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston on Sunday, September 23, in front of a crowd of thousands.

Selectmen authorize Rodney Collins to meet with members of Congress

Mashpee Town Manager Rodney Collins will be traveling to Capitol Hill to advocate for pending legislation that would end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation.

The Mashpee Board of Selectmen issued a statement Tuesday expressing its disappointment over a Sept. 7 decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior that found the tribe was ineligible to have its 321 acres of land taken into trust. The board has authorized Collins to meet with the town’s legislative consultant and members of Congress to “further advocate for the adoption” of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reaffirmation Act. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Rep. William Keating and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, both Massachusetts Democrats, in the House and the Senate, respectively.

Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corporation Responds to Statement of Need for Exchange of Base Water System and Wastewater Treatment Plant

Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corporation Responds to Statement of Need for Exchange of Base Water System and Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) provided the 102nd Intelligence Wing with a Statement of Need (SON) response on Saturday, September 15. The Letter of Interest (LOI) outlines the MWCDC’s ability to secure and operate the Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) Water System and Wastewater Treatment Plant for the betterment of the Cape Cod community.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe language program awarded $1.4M grant

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe language program awarded $1.4M grant

The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, a nonprofit dedicated to reviving and teaching the tribe’s long-lost language, will receive a roughly $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help expand its teaching curriculum to native toddlers and students within the Mashpee public school system and the tribe’s language school, according to Jennifer Weston, who directs the tribe’s language department.

World Suicide Prevention Day was held on September 10th 2018 - “Lifting the silence on Suicide”

Thanks to a true collaboration of efforts with the Samaritans of Cape Cod and Cape Cod & Island Suicide Prevention Coalition, and Indian Health Services Behavioral Health Team, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Health and Human Services Department kicked off its first Suicide Awareness and Prevention Campaign to promote and educate the Community on Suicide Prevention.

Celebrating the 9th Annual Ancestor’s Day

Celebrating the 9th Annual Ancestor’s Day

Over nine years ago Tribal Citizen Stanley Dutra wanted to find a way to formally remember, celebrate and honor our family and friends that have passed on to the spirit world. With that purpose Ancestor’s Day was created. Nine years later our Old Indian Meeting House Committee was pleased to continue this annual event by hosting the 9th Annual Ancestor’s Day on Saturday, September 22.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and STEEP Superfund Research Program present a screening of the documentary film The Devil We Know

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the STEEP Superfund Research Program will present a screening of the documentary film The Devil We Know on Tuesday, October 16th at 6:00 p.m. The screening will be co-hosted by Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Association for Preservation of Cape Cod, and Barnstable Clean Water Coalition. The film will be shown at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center, 483 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee.

Office Support Training Opportunity

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Employment and Training Department is accepting new client applications for an exciting Work Experience opportunity. The opportunity will provide the participant with valuable on the job office support skills. The program requires a minimum of 20 hours per week and a stipend will be provided. For more information, please call Marnell Cash at (508) 477-0208 ext. 161.

NYCP Building Pathways for Tribal Youth Plans for Fall 2018

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education Department has organized several fall education events and programs for tribal students. These events are made possible thanks to the NYCP Grant. Programs include college admission’s support, college visits, tutoring, college nights, mentoring, college fair and more. For more information about any of the programs listed below or to register, please contact John Hanlon at (508) 237-0041.

Guided History Walks with Marcus Hendricks

Join 12th generation Cape Codder Todd Kelley and native Wampanoag/Nipmuc Marcus Hendricks on a series of walks exploring the lives of the First People local to this area and the circumstances that led up to their first encounter with the Pilgrims. We will then examine the consequences of interactions that followed up to the time of King Philip’s War in 1675. The Harwich Conservation Trust, Wellfleet Conservation Trust, and Truro Conservation Trust have partnered to offer this unique walk series. The land trusts in each of the three towns preserve natural lands within their communities to protect forests, marshes, meadows, ponds, coastal waters, and a diversity of other natural resources.