INHCC stands in solidarity with the Mashpee Wampanoag community! In 1620 the Pilgrims arrived in the Wampanoag homelands, at Patuxet, the area now known as Plymouth, MA. The Pilgrims directly and indirectly benefited from the Great Dying (1616-1619): a smallpox pandemic that had devastated local Indigenous communities. As a result, Wampanoag people had vacated Patuxet, and Pilgrims occupied the Wampanoag land. During the current pandemic, COVID 19, the federal government has declared that it will take the Mashpee Wampanoag ancestral homelands out of trust, again seizing Indigenous homelands. The U.S. government must stop taking Indigenous lands!
Here are some ways you can take action:
- Add your voice in support! Call/email and ask your Congressional Representatives to protect the Mashpee Wampanoag ancestral reservation lands by supporting the “Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act” (HR. 312). Find Your Representative here.
- Learn more about the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and culture!
- Learn about the decision!
- Learn about the recent 20th century history of the Indigenous land dispossession in the United States!
- Listen to Jessie Little Doe Baird!
- Learn how you can stand in solidarity with the Mashpee Wampanoag!
- Sign a petition: Land is Sacred: Stand With the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
- Make a public statement that you and your organization stand in solidarity with the Mashpee Wampanoag people. See these examples from Plimoth Plantation and the Unitarian Universalist Association
- Call, email, writer, or tweet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to express your objection to the Mashpee Wampanoag Trust termination.
- On Social Media use #StandWithMashpee