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Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe welcomes President Obama to homeland

The clay cliffs in Aquinnah, Massachusetts, the home of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe. Photo from Wikipedia

Tobias Vanderhoop, the chairman of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe, welcomed President Barack Obama to his people's homeland in Massachusetts.

Vanderhoop was among a select group of officials who greeted Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod on Saturday afternoon, according to news reports. The chairman said he was happy the president brought his family to Wampanoag territory for their annual vacation.

"I was here to let him know that I was thankful for his service as president, and I look forward to seeing the rest of the work he is able to do. I was thanking him for being supportive of my people," Vanderhoop told The Cape Cod Times. The chairman can be seen in an Associated Press photo posted on CapeCod.Com.

From the Coast Guard station, the Obamas took Marine One to the island of Martha's Vineyard, according to news reports. The tribe's reservation is based on the island.

The Obamas have vacationed on Martha's Vineyard every August since 2009, except for one year in 2012, CapeCod.Com reported.

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