Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe signs agreement for burial sites

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Vice Chairwoman Jessie Little Doe Baird, left, and Ramona Peters, the director of the tribe's historic preservation officer, signed the agreement on Monday. Photo from Facebook

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts signed an agreement with state and federal officials to address burial sites.

As part of the memorandum of understanding, the Federal Highway Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will consult the tribe on federally-funded projects that affect burial grounds and other important sites, the Associated Press reported.

"It was the first-ever agreement that will honor Wampanoag ancestral remains and burials throughout the state of Massachusetts," the tribe said on Facebook.

Federal officials want to use the agreement as a model for tribes in other states, the AP reported.

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