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Trump admin revoked reservation of Native American tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims

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As the country grappled with a frightening coronavirus pandemic last year, the Trump administration’s nefarious agenda continues to quietly spread behind the scenes.

On 28th March of 2020, the Bureau of Indian Affairs announced that they would remove the reservation of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and took their tribal lands in Massachusetts without trust, just four years after 320 acres were placed in trust and 13 years after the federal government finally recognized the tribe.

This is a painful paradox because the Mashpee Wampanoag is the only survivors of the nine tribes already signed a treaty with the Pilgrims in 1621 and celebrated the First Thanksgiving. They hold a prominent position in the whitewashed mythology of America, but that is inexplicably not translated into any material goodness in modern times.

The Mashpee Wampanoag had to fight a decade -long battle to regain their ancestral lands and gain recognition from the federal government since their first massacre in 1976 – and now they have been kidnapped again by the Trump administration.

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“Today’s action is cruel and unnecessary. The Secretary is not under a court order to take our land without trust. He is fully aware that the litigation to uphold our status as a tribe eligible for the benefits of the Indian Reorganization Act is ongoing … It asks, what is driving our federal administrator’s crusade against our reservation? ” Chairman Cedric Cromwell wrote in a statement.

“Whatever the answer, we the People of the First Light have lived here since before there was a Secretary of the Interior, since before there was the State of Massachusetts, since before the Pilgrims arrived 400 years ago. We have survived, we will continue. These are ating land, this is the land of our fathers, and this shall be the land of our posterity. This Administration has come and it is going away. But here we are, always. And we will not rest until we are treated equally with other federally recognized tribes and our reservation status is confirmed. “

Immediately filed a lawsuit in protest of the Interior Department’s placement of land in a trust’s David and Michelle Littlefield, seeks to thwart the tribe’s plans to build their own casino and hotel.

That eventually led to 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in late February that the Department of the Interior never had the authority to take the land as a trust because the tribe was not federally recognized at the time of the passage of the 1934 Indian Reform Act, which upheld a mysterious and unique precedent established by conservatively-dominated the Supreme Court decision in 2009 sa Carcieri against Salazar.

The idea that a Native American tribe should not be allowed to reclaim their ancestral homelands because they were forcibly evicted from that land by racist settler-colonists and did not meet the white man’s standard for tribal status seventy years ago .

This dismissal is the latest kick to the survivors of the American genocide by an administration that prides itself on abusing our nation’s minorities.

Fortunately, the Biden administration abruptly stopped the legal battle to seize the lands of Wampanoag away from them.

You won’t be surprised to learn that Trump has had a long -running feud with Wampanoag.

Original reporting by Elie Levine on WUBR.

Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of the Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor’s degree in history and political science. He is now committed to advancing the goal of social justice and equality in America.



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