Blog: Mashpee Wampanoag land claim revival
"Mashpee selectmen won't able to ratify an agreement they've been negotiating with lawyers for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council in time for the Oct. 1 special town meeting. One of the provisions of the document would have the tribe agreeing not to revive a 30-year-old land suit against the town that halted development in Mashpee for years. Selectmen were to vote on an agreement at their meeting Monday tonight, but recent turbulent events within the tribe caused a delay.

According to Mashpee town manager Joyce Mason, the two issues to be addressed in the agreement are gaming and possible revival of the 30-year-old land suit brought by Wampanaog descendants to ownership of more than 15,000 acres in Mashpee.

Mason said Monday that selectmen would not have a proposed agreement to discuss at their meeting that night. Without the proposal, residents attending the special town meeting on Oct. 1 would not be able to approve the agreement, whereby it had been expected that the Wampanoag tribe would waive any claims to land in the town and guarantee never to pursue gaming operations in the town. Not a few voices within the tribe have objected to this agreement."

Get the Story:
Uncertainty remains over whether Mashpee Wampanoag will revive land suit (Cape Cod Today 9/10)

Mashpee Casino Agreement:
Intergovernmental Agreement (July 2007)

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

Only on Indianz.Com:
Federal Recognition Database V2.0 (May 2005)

Relevant Links:
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe - http://mashpeewampanoagtribe.com

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