WASHINGTON — As the nation celebrates Native American Heritage Month, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the historic tribe at the center of our Thanksgiving tradition and the indigenous community who helped the Pilgrims survive and provided the land for Plymouth Colony, is sending out an S.O.S. (Save Our Sovereignty).
The tribe is calling on Americans of good will to #StandWithMashpee to protect the tribe’s ancestral homeland. With the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s sovereign reservation land under threat to be disestablished, tribal leaders from across Indian Countrywill walk to the U.S. Capitol Building and hold a rally calling on Congress to pass the Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation Reaffirmation Act (HR 5244).
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 10 AM
Walk will begin at 10 AM in front of the Welcome Plaza at the National Museum of the American Indian. Tribal leaders and citizens from across Indian Country, along with non-tribal allies, will walk to the U.S. Capitol building and hold rally at 11 AM on the lawn (Area 1) outside the Capitol building.
Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Vice Chair Jessie “Little Doe” Baird of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation
Trustee Lance Gumbs, Shinnecock Tribal Nation
Chairman Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
Chairman Aaron Payment, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Chairman Harold Frazier, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Chief Lynn Malerba, Mohegan Tribe
Chief Sachem Anthony Dean Stanton, Narragansett Indian Tribe
President Fawn Sharpe of the Quinalt Tribe
Ernie Stevens Jr., National Indian Gaming Association
President Jefferson Keel, National Congress of American Indians
**Also in attendance to support the tribe will be Grammy Award-winning group Portugal, The Man
Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online. Previously, he served as editor of the Native News Network. He is a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan.