Sent on behalf of President Brian Patterson
Greetings, Chairman Cromwell.
On behalf of the entire United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) family, please accept our most heartfelt congratulations on securing initial reservation lands for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe; more importantly, reclaiming the Mashpee's rightful place and stronghold in its ancient homelands. While the task may have seemed insurmountable at times due to the fee-to-trust bureaucracy, it is because of your steadfast and persistent leadership and vision that enabled the Mashpee people to prevail.
As the Mashpee people celebrate this historic moment, know that USET is joyous and is celebrating along with the Mashpee people. This truly is a moment for all of Indian Country to revel as the actions of Mashpee exemplify perseverance and will. Through your example, the Mashpee have once again demonstrated that Indian Country can achieve anything. The Mashpee have again demonstrated that we are only as sovereign as we act; sovereignty and the pursuit of justice and righteousness in action!
While you celebrate in this moment, we also know that this is only a beginning for the Mashpee, not the end. Through continued strong leadership, vision, dedication, and commitment, we are excited by what is yet to come. USET looks forward to continuing our commitment to working together and expanding the strength, courage, and integrity you and the Mashpee Wampanoag People have demonstrated to advance a time honored tradition of allegiance and dedication.
Once again, the USET family offers our best congratulations. We are proud of the accomplishment, your family is proud, your people are proud, and the spirit of those Mashpee who have crossed over into the spirit world are looking down upon this accomplishment with pride and joy. This is truly a great moment. Your actions today will support the strength of the Mashpee people for generations to come! Please accept our best wishes for your continued success!
Strength in Unity, my friend.
President Brian Patterson