Dear Tribal Family
As we progress in determining next steps as a result of the decision by the District Court on July 28, 2016 which ruled in favor of the plaintiffs (David Littlefield, et al., v United States Department of Interior, Civil Action No. 16-10184-WGY), I want to further update our Tribal Community of actions taken by the Tribal Council.
On Friday, August 12 the Tribal Council unanimously voted to approve “Intervention” in the case named above.
While the Tribe is not named in the matter, the court ruling did remand the Department’s Record of Decision to the Secretary of the Interior, and we feel now it is in our best interest to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Department of Interior as we move forward.
No one entity can speak of our history and significant spiritual ties to our Land better than we can. This action will allow us the ability to strengthen our voice in further land court proceedings whether district or appellate court levels, or both.
I want to applaud all of my fellow Tribal Councilors for unanimously and vigorously supporting this action which in effect carries the strong message from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation that We Are Still Here!