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Federal Recognition
Massachusetts tribe waits for ruling on recognition

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts hopes federal recognition will improve health care for its elders, Chairman Glenn Marshall said.

Marshall and his tribe will finally get an answer on their federal status. An agreement approved by a federal judge on Monday requires the Bureau of Indian Affairs to issue a proposed finding by March 31, 2006, and a final determination by March 30, 2007.

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is the state's only federally recognized tribe. The BIA has rejected two Nipmuc tribes but they have appealed the decision.

Get the Story:
US to act quickly on tribe's recognition bid (The Boston Globe 7/27)
Tribe awaits ruling in 2007 (The Cape Cod Times 7/26)

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

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Federal Recognition Database V2.0 (May 2005)

Relevant Links:
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe -

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