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Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen aims to make history with Massachusetts campaign
Politics
Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen aims to make history with Massachusetts campaign (August 10, 2017)
It's hard to believe but a tribal citizen has never served in the Massachusetts Legislature. Jacob Ventura is hoping to change that.

Bill in Massachusetts outlaws use of 'Indian' mascots in schools
Education
Bill in Massachusetts outlaws use of 'Indian' mascots in schools (June 7, 2017)
Lawmakers in Massachusetts held a public hearing for a bill that outlaws the use of Indian imagery in public schools.

Wampanoag tribes rebury remains of ancestral leader Massasoit
Environment | National
Wampanoag tribes rebury remains of ancestral leader Massasoit (May 16, 2017)
Ousameequin, who was known as the great sachem of the Wampanoag people, signed a peace treaty in 1621.

Religious college warned again about handing of tribal collection
Education | Law
Religious college warned again about handing of tribal collection (May 10, 2017)
Tribes are still waiting for the Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Brian Lightfoot Brown: The unsung Indian heroes of the Boston Marathon
Opinion | Sports
Brian Lightfoot Brown: The unsung Indian heroes of the Boston Marathon (April 17, 2017)
The invisibility of Native athletes is common in major events like the Boston Marathon.

Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case (April 3, 2017)
After waiting more than 160 years and surviving numerous challenges, the Cowlitz Tribe has a permanent homeland in Washington state.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe affirms election results after recount
Politics
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe affirms election results after recount (February 21, 2017)
Chairman Cedric Cromwell easily defeated his challenger while Vice Chairwoman Jessie Baird won re-election by four votes.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads to polls to choose slate of leaders
Politics
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads to polls to choose slate of leaders (February 2, 2017)
Five seats on the council, including the chair and vice chair position, are up for grabs.

Peter d'Errico: 'Mashpee Nine' documents Wampanoag struggle
Opinion
Peter d'Errico: 'Mashpee Nine' documents Wampanoag struggle (December 12, 2016)
Mashpee Nine tells the story of a modern epidemic of anti-Native racism on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the survival—and triumph—of Native people practicing traditional ways in their own lands.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe welcomes President Obama to homeland
National | Politics
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe welcomes President Obama to homeland (August 8, 2016)
Chairman Tobias Vanderhoop thanked the president for 'being supportive of my people' as the Obamas came to Wampanoag territory for a vacation.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe declares emergency over opioids
Health | National
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe declares emergency over opioids (July 22, 2016)
At least 11 people -- all under of the age of 35 -- died after overdosing on opioids and two more deaths have been linked to drugs.

Charges filed over assault and battery of transgender Native man
Law | National
Charges filed over assault and battery of transgender Native man (July 8, 2016)
Jameson Fernandez, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, was attacked on May 30.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gets ready for 95th annual powwow
National
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe gets ready for 95th annual powwow (June 29, 2016)
The weekend's events include the Fireball, a traditional ceremony that offers healing for people who are ill, a clambake, dance and drum contests and a princess competition.

Film exposes police harassment of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Arts & Entertainment | National
Film exposes police harassment of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (June 28, 2016)
'Mashpee Nine: The Beat Goes On' is seeing its premiere in Massachusetts.

Paula Peters: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is best steward of land
Opinion
Paula Peters: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is best steward of land (May 9, 2016)
The question of whether to return land to the tribe has awakened very deep-rooted feelings of animosity, creating a divisive atmosphere not felt here in 40 years.

Mohegan Tribe continues efforts to diversify economic holdings
Business | Technology
Mohegan Tribe continues efforts to diversify economic holdings (April 22, 2016)
The tribe is actively engaged in new business ventures in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area
Health | Federal Recognition
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area (April 8, 2016)
Tribal members who live in a handful of counties on the mainland in Massachusetts will now be able to secure care without traveling long distances.

Peter d'Errico: Lessons learned from 'Lord Jeff' mascot brouhaha
Education | Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Lessons learned from 'Lord Jeff' mascot brouhaha (January 28, 2016)
Tearing down a historical monument or renaming a building will be significant only if it grows from learning about history.

College eliminates mascot connected to smallpox blankets figure
Education
College eliminates mascot connected to smallpox blankets figure (January 27, 2016)
The 'Lord Jeff' symbol generated a lot of controversy at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Mohegan Tribe opens first location of Smashburger in Rhode Island
Business
Mohegan Tribe opens first location of Smashburger in Rhode Island (January 20, 2016)
The tribe plans to open up to 16 locations of the popular burger chain in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Indigenous Fine Art Market announces first show on East Coast
Arts & Entertainment | National
Indigenous Fine Art Market announces first show on East Coast (January 12, 2016)
IFAM EAST will take place May 21-22 at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Connecticut.

BIA formally declares reservation for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
National
BIA formally declares reservation for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (January 7, 2016)
Kevin Washburn made the historic decision on his second to last day as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe works on new law enforcement deal
Law
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe works on new law enforcement deal (December 9, 2015)
The memorandum of understanding with the town of Mashpee would address policing issues on trust lands.

Eric Metaxas: The 'miracle' of Squanto and the first Thanksgiving
Opinion
Eric Metaxas: The 'miracle' of Squanto and the first Thanksgiving (November 25, 2015)
The story of how the Pilgrims arrived at our shores on the Mayflower—and how a friendly Patuxet native named Squanto showed them how to plant corn, using fish as fertilizer—is well-known.

Ramona Peters: Sharing a Wampanoag story of Thanksgiving
Education | Opinion
Ramona Peters: Sharing a Wampanoag story of Thanksgiving (November 25, 2015)
We should all be proud that our country has a national holiday centered upon simply being thankful.

Court sides with Indian inmates over closure of sweat lodge
Law
Court sides with Indian inmates over closure of sweat lodge (November 24, 2015)
The Massachusetts Department of Corrections shut down a sweat lodge after just six months due to alleged health risks.

Native actors speak Abenaki language in 'Saints & Strangers'
Arts & Entertainment | Education
Native actors speak Abenaki language in 'Saints & Strangers' (November 23, 2015)
The two-part mini-series debuted on the National Geographic Channel to favorable reviews.

Peter d'Errico: Time for college to dump the Smallpox General
Education | Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Time for college to dump the Smallpox General (November 19, 2015)
The controversy at Amherst College offers yet another opportunity to understand that though a name change doesn't change the past, it ends a celebration of that past.

School takes aim at figure who came up with smallpox blankets
Education
School takes aim at figure who came up with smallpox blankets (November 18, 2015)
The namesake of Amherst College was a British military commander who advocated the use of biological warfare in the form of blankets infected with smallpox.

New England tribes concerned about multi-state gas pipeline
Environment
New England tribes concerned about multi-state gas pipeline (November 12, 2015)
The tribes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island want to make sure ceremonial stone landscapes are not damaged or destroyed.

Massachusetts court issued bounties for scalps of Abenakis
National
Massachusetts court issued bounties for scalps of Abenakis (November 12, 2015)
Hannah Duston struck back after her infant daughter was killed during King William's War in 1697.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe focuses on language immersion
Education
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe focuses on language immersion (November 11, 2015)
The Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project will offer after-school programming and launch a language immersion preschool.

Religious college with Native artifacts in violation of NAGPRA
Education | Law
Religious college with Native artifacts in violation of NAGPRA (October 21, 2015)
The Andover Newton Theological School never completed an inventory of a collection that includes at least one Tlingit sacred object.

Three charged for defacing Wampanoag site in Massachusetts
Environment | Law
Three charged for defacing Wampanoag site in Massachusetts (October 14, 2015)
A swastika and other offensive messages were spray painted on Profile Rock, a natural outcropping that is said to represent Massasoit, a Wampanoag leader.

IHS reopens comment period for Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe
Health
IHS reopens comment period for Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (October 5, 2015)
The tribe -- based on the island of Martha's Vineyard -- is seeking an expansion of its service delivery area to cover several counties on the mainland in Massachusetts.

Brian Patterson: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reclaims homeland
Opinion | Trust
Brian Patterson: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reclaims homeland (September 28, 2015)
As the Mashpee people celebrate this historic moment, know that USET is joyous and is celebrating along with the Mashpee people.

BIA treads new Carcieri ground in ruling for Massachusetts tribe
Law | National | Politics | Trust
BIA treads new Carcieri ground in ruling for Massachusetts tribe (September 23, 2015)
The Obama administration has been finding ways to address a U.S. Supreme Court decision that has been a thorn in Indian Country's side for the last six years.

Press Release: Bureau of Indian Affairs approves land-into-trust application for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Law | National | Trust
Press Release: Bureau of Indian Affairs approves land-into-trust application for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (September 18, 2015)
Assistant Secretary Washburn Issues Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts’s First Land-Into-Trust Decision.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe celebrates land-into-trust decision
Law | National | Trust
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe celebrates land-into-trust decision (September 18, 2015)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is placing 321 acres in trust for the tribe in Massachusetts.

Press Release: Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe land-into-trust application
Law | National | Trust
Press Release: Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe land-into-trust application (September 18, 2015)
Nearly four centuries after helping the Pilgrims survive on these shores, the United States government today officially acknowledged the sovereign territory of the indigenous Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

NAFOA kicks off tribal economies conference in Massachusetts
Business | National
NAFOA kicks off tribal economies conference in Massachusetts (September 15, 2015)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe were happy to welcome the Native American Financial Officers Association to their homeland.

First treaty after Declaration of Independence was with tribes
Canada | Law | National
First treaty after Declaration of Independence was with tribes (September 14, 2015)
Despite the significance of the Treaty of Watertown of 1776, the United States did not acknowledge the existence of the tribal signatories for more than 200 years.

IHS plans to expand service area for Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe
Health | Federal Recognition
IHS plans to expand service area for Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (August 27, 2015)
Tribal members must take a long trip by ferry and car to the island of Martha's Vineyard if they want to receive service at the clinic on the reservation.

Woman from Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe runs popular bakery
Business | National
Woman from Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe runs popular bakery (July 24, 2015)
Julianne Vanderhoop started the Orange Peel Bakery in August 2008 and continues to enjoy success.

Pamunkey Tribe faces big hurdle in placing reservation into trust
Federal Recognition | Trust
Pamunkey Tribe faces big hurdle in placing reservation into trust (July 13, 2015)
The tribe resides on a 1,200-acre reservation that was set aside in the 1600s but it's not yet considered Indian Country.

Maine won't let tribal treaty promises be printed in constitution
Law | National | Politics
Maine won't let tribal treaty promises be printed in constitution (June 19, 2015)
A section of the Maine Constitution that requires the state to comply with pre-existing treaty and other duties does not appear in any of the printed versions of the document.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe signs agreement for burial sites
Environment
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe signs agreement for burial sites (May 19, 2015)
The federal and state governments will consult with the tribe on projects that affect burial grounds and other important sites.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe vice chair a 'hero' for language work
Education | Sports
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe vice chair a 'hero' for language work (April 7, 2015)
Jessie 'Little Doe' Baird single-handedly revived a language that hadn't been spoken on a regular basis in hundreds of years.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe blames youth for arrests at event
Law
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe blames youth for arrests at event (March 23, 2015)
Local police responded to a 'large disturbance' at the tribe's 19th annual ball.

Mohegan Tribe enters another deal for restaurant franchises
Business
Mohegan Tribe enters another deal for restaurant franchises (February 19, 2015)
The tribe will be opening 10 locations of Jersey Mike's Subs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reports results of council election
Politics
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reports results of council election (February 10, 2015)
Four newcomers won their re-election bids while two newcomers won seats on the council.

Massachusetts court rules in Wampanoag land access case
Environment | Law
Massachusetts court rules in Wampanoag land access case (January 14, 2015)
The decision comes in a long-running dispute involving ancestral Wampanoag lands.

PRI: Exhibit tells story of Indian men sold into slavery in 1600s
National
PRI: Exhibit tells story of Indian men sold into slavery in 1600s (November 17, 2014)
Squanto, who later greeted the Pilgrims in Massachusetts, had been captured and sold into slavery.

Peter d'Errico: Thanksgiving vs. the National Day of Mourning
Arts & Entertainment | Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Thanksgiving vs. the National Day of Mourning (November 13, 2014)
Nipmuc author Larry Spotted Crow Mann explores the National Day of Mourning in a new book.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe won't host group at Thanksgiving
National
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe won't host group at Thanksgiving (November 7, 2014)
The visit had been announced by YoNasDa LoneWolf Hill, the granddaughter of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Julianne Jennings: Fear of witches and Indians in Massachusetts
Opinion
Julianne Jennings: Fear of witches and Indians in Massachusetts (September 10, 2014)
Julianne Jennings explores the connection between the fear of Indians and the Salem witchcraft trials.

Proposal filed for Wampanoag language public charter school
Education
Proposal filed for Wampanoag language public charter school (August 26, 2014)
The school plans to start classes with kindergarten and first-grade students.

BIA holds final in-person meeting on federal recognition reform
Federal Recognition
BIA holds final in-person meeting on federal recognition reform (July 29, 2014)
Two more public meetings and two more tribal consultations will be held over the phone.

BIA extends comment period on federal recognition regulation
National | Federal Recognition
BIA extends comment period on federal recognition regulation (July 25, 2014)
Comments are being accepted until September 30 and two more tribal consultation sessions and two more public meetings will be held over the phone.

Larry Spotted Crow Mann: Thank Indian veterans for America
Opinion
Larry Spotted Crow Mann: Thank Indian veterans for America (July 23, 2014)
Larry Spotted Crow Mann says America owes its existence to tribal warriors who have been defending their homelands since the earliest wars.

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