Dear Tribal Family,
It’s official! Our land in Mashpee and Taunton has now been acquired by the federal government and placed in trust. It is protected for our people now and for future generations!
As you know, on September 18, 2015, the U.S. Department of Interior announced its decision to approve our land-in-trust application, which included approximately 321 acres of land in Mashpee and Taunton.
This year’s Thanksgiving will have a much different meaning for our Tribe. It will be historic. We are on a different journey now. Instead of losing more land and access each year, we are changing course and headed in a different direction. We are coming full circle.
This new beginning for our Tribe also marks an important milestone in American history and Indian Country, reversing centuries of injustice and encroachment on Wampanoag lands that began in the years after the first Thanksgiving.
We rejoiced in September when the Department of Interior announced its approval of our land-in-trust application. Today, however, the Federal Government has delivered on its promise. We now have a land base from which we can sustain our cultural traditions, develop a thriving tribal economy, and serve the needs of our people as we see fit.
Join me as we pay homage to our Ancestors, Beloved Tribal Elders, Tribal and Spiritual Leaders, Tribal Citizens as well as Future Generations!