#TakeAction – May 15, 2019

Good morning. Let’s #TakeAction for Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

🔶 Stand up for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Land Trust

Date: A House floor vote could occur as early as Wednesday 15 May
Action: Call Congresswoman Schrier to support for H.R. 312, the Washpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act:

Background:
This week the House of Representatives will consider a bill that would preserve a land trust for a Massachusetts Tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag. The bill would preserve the tribe’s right to control 312 acres of land, rights that were protected by the Obama Administration in 2015.

From a statement by the tribe:
“The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s citizens are currently suffering a massive loss of resources and services due to the uncertainty of the trust status of the Reservation. Millions of dollars of funding are being lost or delayed for our clean water program, our children’s education through our Mukayuhsak Weekuw immersion pre-school and kindergarten and critical community service programs. It’s also a direct threat to our emergency services, housing and substance abuse program that’s desperately needed to combat the opioid epidemic. These are just a few of the ways this negative ruling is impacting our community and our children. Please consider ways that you can help correct this injustice.“

Trump and the Dept. of the Interior have recently moved to nullify the tribe’s rights. In response, House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle drafted and passed H.R. 312 to restore the land trust. H.R. 312 provides continued economic stability and self-governance to the Massachusetts-based tribe who welcomed pilgrims into this country.

Sources:
#StandwithMashpee“ – https://mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov/standwithmashpee
“The Trump administration’s attack on Indian Country” – https://thehill.com/…/438469-the-trump-administrations-atta…
“Mass. Lawmakers Fume After Trump Stalls Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Bill With a Tweet” – https://www.wbur.org/…/mass-lawmakers-fume-after-trump-stal…

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