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Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election
Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election (May 27, 2019)

A recall petition against Chairman Cedric Cromwell of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been certified.


Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet
Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet (May 16, 2019)

A tweet from the White House hasn't completely derailed Indian Country. But it caused significant damage.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: The Narragansett legend who won the Boston Marathon twice
Brian Lightfoot Brown: The Narragansett legend who won the Boston Marathon twice (April 15, 2019)

Perhaps it's just a matter of time before another Boston Marathon victory will belong to Indian Country.


House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control
House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (March 22, 2019)

Homelands for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era
United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era (March 4, 2019)

'This is Indian land,' tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?


Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations
Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations (February 11, 2019)

With key Trump officials in the audience, the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy group opened a historic week in Washington with a stinging rebuke of the president and his policies.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said to rebuke chairman as financial situation worsens
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said to rebuke chairman as financial situation worsens (January 25, 2019)

Things are not looking good for the People of the First Light, whose homelands are in danger of being taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


Deb Haaland stands by Sen. Elizabeth Warren amid DNA doubts
Deb Haaland stands by Sen. Elizabeth Warren amid DNA doubts (December 6, 2018)

Some in Indian Country have questioned Sen. Elizabeth Warren's decision to go public with a DNA analysis.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands (November 28, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been dealt a major setback, nearly 400 years after helping the Pilgrims survive.


Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law
Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law (November 26, 2018)

Federal Indian law is a field of law designed by the United States to dominate Native Nations.


'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration
'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration (November 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders are calling on Congress to repudiate the Trump administration in light of recent decisions that undermine the federal government's trust relationship.


Recap: #StandWithMashpee march for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Recap: #StandWithMashpee march for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (November 14, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is fighting to protect its reservation in Massachusetts.


National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat
National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat (October 24, 2018)

Indian Country continues to stand behind the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, whose homelands are slated to be taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


Cherokee Nation upset after Sen. Warren releases results of DNA test
Cherokee Nation upset after Sen. Warren releases results of DNA test (October 15, 2018)

Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) really Native American? Her campaign says DNA results prove she is.


'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (September 12, 2018)

Indian Country is entering uncharted territory with the Trump administration's move to take a tribe's reservation out of trust.


NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty
NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty (September 11, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians disagrees strongly with the Department of the Interior’s decision affecting the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.


Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era
Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era (September 10, 2018)

Less than two months into the job, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has set an ominous tone for tribal nations.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration (August 28, 2018)

The federal government hasn't taken an Indian nation's land out of trust since the termination era and one tribe hopes it stays that way.


'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era
'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era (July 25, 2018)

The Trump administration won't stand in the way of bipartisan legislation to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from litigation.


Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era
Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era (July 18, 2018)

Due to litigation, the Trump administration might be forced to do something unprecedented -- take a tribe's trust land out of trust.


YES! Magazine: Native language schools are taking back education for their people
YES! Magazine: Native language schools are taking back education for their people (April 20, 2018)

The last fluent speakers of Wôpanâak passed away more than a century ago. A school is working to revive the language.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: Remembering a Narragansett marathon legend
Brian Lightfoot Brown: Remembering a Narragansett marathon legend (April 16, 2018)

Ellison 'Tarzan' Brown deserves his name to become more of a household name, in the world, but even more so in Indian Country,


Tribes denied federal recognition see mixed decisions in court system
Tribes denied federal recognition see mixed decisions in court system (April 3, 2018)

Being denied federal recognition by the Buerau of Indian Affairs is usually the kiss of death, as many petitioning groups have found over the years.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes
Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes (March 13, 2018)

With jokes about powwows and questions about DNA tests, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is still facing doubts about her Indian heritage.


Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen launches second bid in Massachusetts
Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen launches second bid in Massachusetts (March 12, 2018)

After losing his first campaign by just a few hundred votes, a citizen of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is launching his second bid for the Massachusetts Legislature.


Standing Rock Sioux citizen lands Native history position at Harvard
Standing Rock Sioux citizen lands Native history position at Harvard (February 20, 2018)

Philip Deloria, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, is the first tenured professor of Native American history at Harvard University.


Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down
Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down (February 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders gave a standing ovation to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) after a surprise speech in which she promised to stand up for Native Americans and their issues.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the National Congress of American Indians
Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the National Congress of American Indians (February 14, 2018)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) made her first-ever appearance before the National Congress of American Indians on February 14, 2018.


Narragansett Tribe plans lawsuit after being denied role in contested pipeline
Narragansett Tribe plans lawsuit after being denied role in contested pipeline (January 16, 2018)

The Narragansett Tribe is planning to go to court to fight a contested natural gas pipeline that crosses its ancestral territory.


Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes
Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes (December 12, 2017)

The Trump administration has quietly reinstated a waiting period for land-into-trust applications, reversing an Obama-era policy without consulting tribes about the change.


Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.


Museum acquires tribal collection from religious college with troubled record
Museum acquires tribal collection from religious college with troubled record (September 22, 2017)

The Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts is promising to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act after acquiring a large collection of tribal items.


Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen aims to make history with Massachusetts campaign
Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen aims to make history with Massachusetts campaign (August 10, 2017)

It's hard to believe but a tribal citizen has never served in the Massachusetts Legislature. Jacob Ventura is hoping to change that.


Bill in Massachusetts outlaws use of 'Indian' mascots in schools
Bill in Massachusetts outlaws use of 'Indian' mascots in schools (June 7, 2017)

Lawmakers in Massachusetts held a public hearing for a bill that outlaws the use of Indian imagery in public schools.


Wampanoag tribes rebury remains of ancestral leader Massasoit
Wampanoag tribes rebury remains of ancestral leader Massasoit (May 16, 2017)

Ousameequin, who was known as the great sachem of the Wampanoag people, signed a peace treaty in 1621.


Religious college warned again about handing of tribal collection
Religious college warned again about handing of tribal collection (May 10, 2017)

Tribes are still waiting for the Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: The unsung Indian heroes of the Boston Marathon
Brian Lightfoot Brown: The unsung Indian heroes of the Boston Marathon (April 17, 2017)

The invisibility of Native athletes is common in major events like the Boston Marathon.


Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case
Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case (April 3, 2017)

After waiting more than 160 years and surviving numerous challenges, the Cowlitz Tribe has a permanent homeland in Washington state.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe affirms election results after recount
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe affirms election results after recount (February 21, 2017)

Chairman Cedric Cromwell easily defeated his challenger while Vice Chairwoman Jessie Baird won re-election by four votes.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads to polls to choose slate of leaders
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads to polls to choose slate of leaders (February 2, 2017)

Five seats on the council, including the chair and vice chair position, are up for grabs.


Peter d'Errico: 'Mashpee Nine' documents Wampanoag struggle
Peter d'Errico: 'Mashpee Nine' documents Wampanoag struggle (December 12, 2016)

Mashpee Nine tells the story of a modern epidemic of anti-Native racism on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the survival—and triumph—of Native people practicing traditional ways in their own lands.


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe welcomes President Obama to homeland
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe welcomes President Obama to homeland (August 8, 2016)

Chairman Tobias Vanderhoop thanked the president for 'being supportive of my people' as the Obamas came to Wampanoag territory for a vacation.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe declares emergency over opioids
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe declares emergency over opioids (July 22, 2016)

At least 11 people -- all under of the age of 35 -- died after overdosing on opioids and two more deaths have been linked to drugs.


Charges filed over assault and battery of transgender Native man
Charges filed over assault and battery of transgender Native man (July 8, 2016)

Jameson Fernandez, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, was attacked on May 30.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gets ready for 95th annual powwow
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gets ready for 95th annual powwow (June 29, 2016)

The weekend's events include the Fireball, a traditional ceremony that offers healing for people who are ill, a clambake, dance and drum contests and a princess competition.


Film exposes police harassment of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Film exposes police harassment of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (June 28, 2016)

'Mashpee Nine: The Beat Goes On' is seeing its premiere in Massachusetts.


Paula Peters: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is best steward of land
Paula Peters: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is best steward of land (May 9, 2016)

The question of whether to return land to the tribe has awakened very deep-rooted feelings of animosity, creating a divisive atmosphere not felt here in 40 years.


Mohegan Tribe continues efforts to diversify economic holdings
Mohegan Tribe continues efforts to diversify economic holdings (April 22, 2016)

The tribe is actively engaged in new business ventures in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area (April 8, 2016)

Tribal members who live in a handful of counties on the mainland in Massachusetts will now be able to secure care without traveling long distances.


Peter d'Errico: Lessons learned from 'Lord Jeff' mascot brouhaha
Peter d'Errico: Lessons learned from 'Lord Jeff' mascot brouhaha (January 28, 2016)

Tearing down a historical monument or renaming a building will be significant only if it grows from learning about history.


College eliminates mascot connected to smallpox blankets figure
College eliminates mascot connected to smallpox blankets figure (January 27, 2016)

The 'Lord Jeff' symbol generated a lot of controversy at Amherst College in Massachusetts.


Mohegan Tribe opens first location of Smashburger in Rhode Island
Mohegan Tribe opens first location of Smashburger in Rhode Island (January 20, 2016)

The tribe plans to open up to 16 locations of the popular burger chain in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


Indigenous Fine Art Market announces first show on East Coast
Indigenous Fine Art Market announces first show on East Coast (January 12, 2016)

IFAM EAST will take place May 21-22 at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Connecticut.


BIA formally declares reservation for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
BIA formally declares reservation for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (January 7, 2016)

Kevin Washburn made the historic decision on his second to last day as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe works on new law enforcement deal
Law
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe works on new law enforcement deal (December 9, 2015)

The memorandum of understanding with the town of Mashpee would address policing issues on trust lands.


Eric Metaxas: The 'miracle' of Squanto and the first Thanksgiving
Eric Metaxas: The 'miracle' of Squanto and the first Thanksgiving (November 25, 2015)

The story of how the Pilgrims arrived at our shores on the Mayflower—and how a friendly Patuxet native named Squanto showed them how to plant corn, using fish as fertilizer—is well-known.


Ramona Peters: Sharing a Wampanoag story of Thanksgiving
Ramona Peters: Sharing a Wampanoag story of Thanksgiving (November 25, 2015)

We should all be proud that our country has a national holiday centered upon simply being thankful.


Court sides with Indian inmates over closure of sweat lodge
Law
Court sides with Indian inmates over closure of sweat lodge (November 24, 2015)

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections shut down a sweat lodge after just six months due to alleged health risks.


Native actors speak Abenaki language in 'Saints & Strangers'
Native actors speak Abenaki language in 'Saints & Strangers' (November 23, 2015)

The two-part mini-series debuted on the National Geographic Channel to favorable reviews.


Peter d'Errico: Time for college to dump the Smallpox General
Peter d'Errico: Time for college to dump the Smallpox General (November 19, 2015)

The controversy at Amherst College offers yet another opportunity to understand that though a name change doesn't change the past, it ends a celebration of that past.