Important Update from Chairman Cromwell: Judge Young Clarifies Decision – We Will Seek Revised Record-Of-Decision

DEAR TRIBAL FAMILY,

TODAY WE ARE ENCOURAGED BY FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT JUDGE WILLIAM YOUNG’S DECISION THAT CLARIFIES HIS INITIAL RULING BACK ON JULY 28, REGARDING OUR TRIBAL LAND STATUS. THE RULING, IN EFFECT NOW PROVIDES US A LEGAL PATH FORWARD.

WHILE JUDGE YOUNG TECHNICALLY DENIED THE UNITED STATES’ MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION,  HE GAVE THE UNITED STATES THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IT ASKED FOR ON OUR BEHALF, AS IT SOUGHT CLARIFICATION OF HIS INITIAL RULING.

JUDGE YOUNG HAS MADE CLEAR THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR IS NOW FREE AND FULLY ABLE TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE TRIBE MEETS THE CRITERIA FOR RE-ESTABLISHING RESERVATION LAND UNDER THE FIRST PART OF THE STATUTE THAT GIVES THE UNITED STATES AUTHORITY TO TAKE LAND INTO TRUST FOR INDIAN TRIBES UNDER “FEDERAL JURISDICTION” IN 1934. THAT IS SOMETHING WE ARE CONFIDENT OUR STRONG HISTORY WILL DEMONSTRATE.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE UNITED STATES HAS AN OPPORTUNITY HERE TO FURTHER ADDRESS OUR REQUEST TO HAVE OUR LAND HELD IN TRUST, AND WE EXPECT ANY SETBACK CAUSED BY THE COURT’S INITIAL DECISION ON JULY 28, WILL BE TEMPORARY.

IN ADDITION TO APPEALING JUDGE YOUNG’S DECISION ON PART OF THE LAW, WE INTEND TO FILE A FORMAL REQUEST WITH THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TO REVISE AND UPDATE OUR LAND-IN-TRUST APPLICATION GIVEN THE DECISION WE RECEIVED TODAY.

IT’S UNFORTUNATE THAT A SMALL GROUP OF EAST TAUNTON RESIDENTS HAVE TRIED TO BOG US DOWN IN LEGAL TECHNICALITIES AND ATTEMPT TO THWART JUSTICE. HOWEVER, OUR FOUNDATION IS STRONG AND BUILT ON THE WISDOM AND FORTITUDE OF OUR ANCESTORS.  

AND, WITH JUDGE YOUNG’S RECENT APPROVAL OF OUR MOTION TO INTERVENE, WE WILL NOW PLAY A MORE DIRECT ROLE IN DEFENDING OUR ANCESTRAL HOMELANDS AND PROTECT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR PEOPLE AND OUR NATION!

 Kutâputunumuw!

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