Mayflower Descendants Support Preservation of Wampanoag Land

MASHPEE – The General Society of Mayflower Descendants is supporting the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s efforts to protect its reservation land.

The society’s executive committee voted unanimously to support the tribe’s Reservation Reaffirmation Act legislation pending in Congress that would permanently preserve reservation land in Mashpee and Taunton.

The Interior Department ruled in September that Mashpee Wampanoag’s were not under federal jurisdiction during the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act of Congress, effectively denying the tribe land it sought in Taunton.

If passed, the legislation would pave the way for work to continue on the tribe’s planned Taunton casino and resort.

The descendants will send a formal letter to Congress expressing their support of the legislation.

“This is a truly historic moment in which descendants of the Mayflower Pilgrims stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us as descendants of the Wampanoag people who broke bread and brokered a long-lasting peace with their ancestors,” said Cedric Cromwell, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council chairman.

The society has over 30,000 members in America, Canada and Europe. It’s mission is to educate the world about the Mayflower story and research lineal descent from the Mayflower Pilgrims.

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