Obama declined Aquinnah Wampanoag meeting
President Barack Obama went on vacation in the homeland of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts but turned down a meeting with tribal leaders.

Obama and his family spent a week on Martha's Vineyard. The tribe's reservation is on the western part of the island.

During his vacation, Obama went on a bike tour in Aquinnah, the tribe's headquarters. Bettina Washington, the tribe's historic preservation officer, said he probably saw signs on the reservation that oppose Cape Wind, a controversial wind turbine project.

"He had to ride by it twice," Washington told The Cape Cod Times.

Washington said the tribe wanted to share its culture and history with the Obama family, especially his two young daughters.

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