UNITY Congratulates Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Tribe receives Federal approval of 323 acres for reservation
Left to right: Brian Weeden, Sassamin Weeden, and Keturah Peters of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. Brian and Sassamin are the first-ever brother and sister National UNITY Council Co-Presidents. Keturah Peters is the National UNITY Council Northeastern Representative and a UNITY 25 Under 25 award recipient.
September 23, 2015 – Mesa, Arizona — In a historic decision last week, the U.S. Department of Interior approved the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land into trust application, establishing its initial reservation. Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director of the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) shares sentiments on behalf of the organization.
“On behalf of the UNITY Trustees, staff and the network of the National UNITY Council, I exuberantly congratulate Chairman Cedric Cromwell and members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on your recent historic announcement as your tribe regains a piece of its sovereign territory. We are very happy for you and your community. Your persistence and perseverance is to be admired.
We are especially beaming with pride for our Co-Presidents of the National UNITY Council, Brian and Sassamin Weeden, and Keturah Peters, a member of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee, who are members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. We commend them for their dedication to their community and for their leadership among Native youth in Indian Country.
We share in your excitement and celebration! May our Creator continue to bless your efforts.”