Judge takes on Wampanoag land claim lawsuit
Two members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts were in federal court on Wednesday for a hearing on their land claim lawsuit.

Amelia Bingham and her son, Steven, sued the state of Massachusetts and the town of Mashpee for land they say was promised to Wampanoag ancestors. They are seeking compensation for the lost land.

The state is seeking to dismiss the case, citing its sovereign immunity. The town says the Binghams, as individuals, lack standing to claim land that once belonged to the historic Wampanoag tribe.

After winning federal recognition last year, tribal leaders agreed not to pursue a land claim in the town of Mashpee.

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