Judge dismisses Mashpee Wampanoag lawsuit
A judge in Massachusetts dismissed a lawsuit against the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, citing sovereign immunity.

Amelia Bingham and three other tribal members sued the tribe in hopes of learning more about its finances. As it was pursuing federal recognition, the tribe received $8 million from a financial backer.

But now that the tribe has sovereign status, Judge Richard Connon said it can't be sued without a voluntary waiver of immunity. The suit named the tribe's corporation, which is registered under state law.

Bingham, a tribal elder who helped launch the federal recognition bid, said she will take her case to federal court.

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Judge throws out lawsuit against tribe (The Cape Cod Times 6/29)

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

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Federal Recognition Database V2.0 (May 2005)

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Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe - http://mashpeewampanoagtribe.com

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