Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe finally wins recognition
The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Thursday announced a final determination in favor of recognition for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.

Jim Cason, the associate deputy secretary at the Interior Department, called the tribe at around 5pm. Tribal leaders and members erupted into shouts of joy and tears, The Cape Cod Times reported.

The decision was not unexpected. In March 2007, the BIA issued a proposed finding in favor of recognition for the tribe whose ancestors met the Mayflower. With no opposition from the state or local governments, today's ruling was seen as inevitable [DOI Documents].

The tribe hopes to pursue housing, education and economic development projects. A casino is definitely on the agenda, tribal leaders said.

The tribe own 160 acres on Cape Cod but plans to seek gaming elsewhere. One site could be the 22,000-acre Massachusetts Military Reservation, Chairman Glenn Marshall said.

The tribe is now the second federally recognized tribe in Massachusetts. The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe completed the BIA process in 1987

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'Shunned' celebrate separately (The Cape Cod Times 2/16)
Recognition, casino ... it's all good, onlookers say (The Cape Cod Times 2/16)
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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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