If you were interested in the April 4th post about the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), aka The Mayflower Society, supporting the Wampanoag's fight against federal "disestablishment" - and especially if you signed the online petition to make your own support known - here is the latest update and request for action, courtesy of the tribe's Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project:
"Thank you to everyone who has signed the Land is Sacred: Stand With the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe petition. As an update, this Thursday, May 7th, there will be a hearing in the U.S. District Court in Washington DC to hear the Tribe’s Motion for an injunction against the attempt to remove their land from trust. For more information, here is a link to a recent article: https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20200413/mashpee-tribes-request-to-halt-land-order-to-be-heard-may-7
If you'd like to do even more to support the Tribe, here are two more action steps to take:
1) Contact Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt and/or Senator Hoeven, Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, and let them know directly that you oppose this action against the tribe. You can find their contact information and respective scripts HERE.
2) In advance of the May 7th court hearing, join in the virtual Sacred Fire Prayer Protest where prayer fires and candles are being lit nationwide in support of the Tribe and to denounce the Trump Administration for attempting to disestablish their reservation. Light your candle/fire, let it burn 1-4 days, and post a picture with the hashtag #StandWithMashpee. More information can be found HERE.
Thank you for all you are doing!"
In short, you have today and tomorrow to register your support in time for it to make an impact at the U.S. District Court hearing on Thursday.