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Federal Recognition
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe active in Washington


LOBBYING PROBE
November 17, 2005, Hearing:
Video | Documents

November 2, 2005, Hearing:
Video | Exhibits | Senate Witness List / Testimony
After years of waiting, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is finally seeing action on its federal recognition petition. Tribal leaders say it is due to their increased presence in Washington.

Tribal leaders hired Jack Abramoff and the Greenberg Traurig firm to press their case. They started to make political donations -- all of them to Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), the powerful chairman of the House Resources Committee who held hearings and introduced a bill favorable to the tribe.

Some tribal members, however, say the tribe shouldn't have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars just to be heard. They say tribal leaders aren't keeping them informed about their dealings in Washington.

Get the Story:
Dealings in D.C. worry tribe (The Cape Cod Times 12/1)

Relevant Documents:
Summary of Acknowledgment Cases | R. Lee Fleming Declaration

Only on Indianz.Com:
Federal Recognition Database V2.0 (May 2005)

Relevant Links:
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe - http://mashpeewampanoagtribe.com

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