I don't agree with "the Chief" when he says, "I don’t think tribes federally recognized after 1934 should get any additional trust land." Indians predate the formation of American and the feds have no business to mandate who is Indian and who isn't. For our own sakes, we need to stop according the fed such a level of importance. And wait a minute Sonkwaban. You say Mashpee is considered a cultural mecca for Eastern Native people? I wish that was true but it isn't because unfortunately the Mashpee Wampanoags are one of the most intolerant groups in the country. Sadly, your people are constantly attacking the Narragansetts, calling them non-Indians on Facebook; they are constantly labeling non-status Indians 'wannabes;' and they tend to call many other legitimate tribes Whites. All this despite the fact that everyone in your own tribe is a mix of Black and Portuguese. I have generally found Blacks to be rather accepting but this is not true when it comes to your people. Within your Mashpee tribe, there is a spectrum of people ranging from those with lighter skin like Jessie Baird who spewed her racist hatred all over MIT (for instance, even though I am a citizen of the Navajo Nation, she called me a wannabe and publicly humiliated me) to those with darker skin tones who appear a little more tolerant than the rest, but only marginally more tolerant. If your tribe expects the rest of us to support your causes, maybe your people need to tone down their expression of intolerance and treat us like your brothers in good times. Then we will support you in your times of need. Incidentally, I was at MIT with Jessie Baird and it saddens me to convey that your laboratory-recreated language was merely designed to give a certain prominent individual some additional academic credentials; it is not your real Wampanoag language by any standards.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 03:43