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Federal Recognition
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe looks forward to future


Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts say they have a lot of work ahead of them as they look forward to their future as a federally recognized tribe.

With recognition, the tribe can receive federal funding for law enforcement, housing, health and other programs. The tribe has provided some services to tribal members going as far back as the 1600s, according to evidence reviewed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The BIA issued the proposed finding last Friday. A 210-day comment period follows with a final decision expected in March 2007.

Get the Story:
Wampanoag closer to goal: 'Our best days lie ahead' (The Upper Cape Codder 4/6)
Joy, sorrow for Mashpee Wampanoag (The Upper Cape Codder 4/6)

BIA Decision
Summary under the Criteria for the Proposed Finding on the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, Inc. (March 31, 2006)

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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