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Creation of the Mashpee District in 1685

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Title:
Creation of the Mashpee District in 1685
Description:
In this clip Barbara Barrow speaks with Russell Peters, President of the Mashpee Tribal Council, about the history of the Mashpee District in Massachusetts. Overall the program focuses on the August, 1976 lawsuit filed by the the Wampanoag Indians of Massachusetts against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in an effort to reclaim lands sold from 1763 to 1870 without Congressional approval. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with guest Russell Peters, President of the Mashpee Tribal Council, about the problems the council is having regaining tribal lands, when was the lands were taken, when the council decided to file suit, how Peters feels about the claim that Wampanoag marriages with Black and white Americans has diluted their culture and claim to lands, if Mashpee becoming a town gave Native Americans the power to sell their own land (as they did willingly, according to Barrow), and what will happen to the people who are living in Mashpee who feel they own their land and houses. Additional segments include the "Say Brother News" with reporters Leah Fletcher, Eric Sampedro, Justina Chu, and WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart, the "Third World Connection" (which discusses the intermarriage of African Americans and Native Americans, and their historical bond, is discussed), and the "Community Calendar." Produced by Barbara Barrow. Directed by Conrad White.
Director:
White, Conrad
Creator:
Moore, Melvin
Producer:
Barrow-Murray, Barbara
Contributor:
Clarke, Brian
Contributor:
Portilla, Alfred
Contributor:
Hill, Rebecca
Reporter:
Fletcher, Leah
Contributor:
Floyd, Mike
Contributor:
Buccheri, Ron
Contributor:
Marshall, Carolyn
Contributor:
Balhatchet, Tom
Contributor:
Merhar, Milan
Contributor:
Morton, Wil
Contributor:
Horne, Danny
Reporter:
Sampedro, Eric
Contributor:
St. Onge, David
Contributor:
Smith, Lee
Host:
Barrow-Murray, Barbara
Contributor:
Mahard, Fran
Contributor:
Tomaselli, Robert
Researcher:
Yang, Eileen
Contributor:
Holden, Dick
Reporter:
Hart, Tanya
Contributor:
Wareham, Skip
Contributor:
Songai, Jahid
Contributor:
Johnson, Lenita
Contributor:
Sullivan, John L.
Contributor:
Fairweather, Bill
Contributor:
Wilson, Bob
Contributor:
Mackles, Gene
Contributor:
Chigas, Basil
Reporter:
Chu, Justina
Contributor:
Johnson, Nat
Contributor:
Plausse, John
Contributor:
DeVitt, Doug
Contributor:
Cross, June
Contributor:
MacKnight, John
Date:
January 14, 1977
Format:
Film/Video
Location:
WGBH
Collection (local):
WGBH Open Vault
Series:
Say Brother
Subjects:
Indians of North America--Massachusetts
Indigenous peoples
Indians of North America--Land tenure
Segregation
Danny Sloan and Friends
Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, Inc
Civil rights
Peters, Russell
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Publisher:
WGBH Educational Foundation
Identifier:
V_C28A8BF63E2E48428A4C8E436C651C99