The Struggle for Tribal Recognition and the Case of the Mashpee Wampanoag
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On today's episode of A Hard Look, a Junior Staffer on ALR, Olivia Miller, joins host, Sarah Knarzer, and Professor Matthew Fletcher to discuss the tribal recognition process and the barriers it poses to tribes across the United States, and in particular the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. Earlier this year, and in the middle of a surging coronavirus pandemic, the Bureau of Indian Affairs announced its intention to revoke the Mashpee Wampanoag's land from its federal trust. This action is only a continuation of the Mashpee Wampanoag's four hundred year struggle for tribal survival, dating back to the origins of the Thanksgiving myth. Olivia and Professor Fletcher discuss Olivia's comment, which she wrote as part of ALR's comment writing process, to identify why the tribal recognition process is such a difficult, expensive, and frustrating administrative process for tribes who want and need to be federally recognized.
Please check out Professor Fletchers blog, https://turtletalk.blog, for more of his scholarship on Indian Law. If you have any questions about this episode, the guests, or the podcast, or if you would like to propose a topic or a guest, please email Sarah Knarzer at ALR-Sr-Tech-Editor@wcl.american.edu.