Recently, the Seventh Graders received a wonderful note from Congressman Seth Moulton in response to letters they sent him regarding the protection of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. On March 27, 2020, the US Department of Interior unexpectedly took the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal land out of federal trust, leaving the land and the tribe vulnerable, especially at the beginning of the pandemic.
The Seventh Graders wrote letters in support of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, a bill that has passed in the US House of Representatives but still sits in the US Senate today. Passage of this bill would reaffirm the federally protected status of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal land and keep it in trust.
Congressman Moulton, who has reached out to the class before in response to previous letters they sent him in fifth grade, wrote, “Thank you so much for reaching out to me regarding the protection of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. It was incredible reading such well-articulated and passionate letters…With you all destined to be that next generation, I am confident you will take the reins and make this the “happier place” that Ms. Horner envisioned at the conclusion of her letter. Your thoughtfulness makes me tremendously proud to serve as your representative for the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts.”