US appeals ruling in Mashpee Wampanoag land case

In this May 29, 2014, photo, people stand in the lobby of the newly constructed Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's Community Government Center in Mashpee, Mass., on Cape Cod. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

The Associated Press

The appeal was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District on Columbia

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department is appealing a federal judge's ruling that blocked it from rescinding a reservation designation for land belonging to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in Massachusetts. 

The Cape Cod Times reports the appeal was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District on Columbia.

In June, a federal judge stopped the federal government from rescinding its reservation designation.

(Related: Mashpee Wampanoag ruling a 'win for all of Indian Country')

"Without providing the Tribe with any warning, and without providing justification or reasoning, the Secretary's action, unfortunately, is consistent with this Administration's constant failure to acknowledge or address the history of injustice against our Tribe and all Native Americans, and its utter lack of interest in protecting tribal lands," Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell said in a statement.

Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cedric Cromwell. (Photo by Cedric Cromwell, Facebook)
Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cedric Cromwell. (Photo by Cedric Cromwell, Facebook)

The Cape Cod-based tribe, which traces its ancestry to the Native Americans who shared a fall harvest meal with the Pilgrims in 1621, gained federal recognition in 2007. 

It has more than 300 acres in the town of Mashpee and in Taunton near the Rhode Island state line and has broken ground on a $1 billion resort and casino.

The tribe learned in late March that the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs would be rescinding the reservation designation and removing the land from federal trust.

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