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Mashpee Wampanoag

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As millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, many Native Americans and their supporters will commemorate the National Day of Mourning.

Held in Plymouth since 1970, the annual event is both solemn and political. It remembers the murder and oppression of Native Americans — and the theft of their land — by European settlers. It also serves as a protest of modern-day racism.

Kisha James, granddaughter of the founder and a senior at Wellesley College, said attendance has grown to more than 1,000 people a year.

The Chairman of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Cedric Cromwell, was arrested Friday morning by the FBI on charges of bribery and extortion.

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Today is legally Columbus Day in Massachusetts, but a movement is gaining steam to abandon the holiday and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.

Kathryn Eident

A top official in the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe says the federal government should pay damages for not only failing to defend the tribe, but for trying to take away its land in Mashpee and Taunton.

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Native Americans and indigenous rights supporters will be watching Wednesday, as a federal judge is expected to hear arguments in the case over the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation lands.

Eve Zuckoff

The 10th Annual Native American Thanks Giving celebration brought more than 100 people to sing, pray, and feast on a traditional harvest in Mashpee on Saturday.

The group began the day at the Old Indian Meeting House, where prayers and traditions were observed, before moving to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government building, where the food was served.

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Mashpee has elected its first Wampanoag selectboard member in over ten years. David Weeden, who also serves as the Mashpee Wampanoag’s historic preservation officer, was elected in October, and many people hope his election will mark a turning point in what’s been a sometimes difficult relationship between the town and the tribe.

Mashpee Wampanoag Celebrate First Indigenous Peoples' Day

Oct 14, 2019
Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe celebrated the town's first officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday. The town of Mashpee voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day rather than Columbus Day earlier this year, and became the first town on the Cape to do so.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Lands in Dispute

Sep 13, 2018
Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has been entangled in a legal conflict with the federal government over its native lands in Taunton and Mashpee. Last week, the Department of Interior released a finding on the tribe’s status, saying its lands do not qualify to be held in trust.