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Mashpee Indians: Tribe on Trial (Iroquois & Their Neighbors) Paperback – January 1, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

In 1977, the Mashpee Indians, who had lived in the same area of Cape Cod for 350 years, sued in federal court to recover land that had been taken from them in contravention of a 1790 federal statute. The town of Mashpee and its landowners challenged the Indians' status as a tribe, and the case hinged on this issue. Anthropologist Campisi served as expert witness for the Mashpees in a losing cause. Here he gives an insider's account of the proceedings, noting that what is a fact in anthropology is not necessarily an admissible fact in law. He argues that judge and jury alike were confused, if not prejudiced. Campisi offers a detailed history of the Mashpees from first contact with Europeans to the present, making a strong case for tribal status. The book will appeal to readers interested in local history, law and/or Native American issues. Illustrations.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Campisi presents an engrossing and well-written account of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's struggle for federal recognition. He discusses at great length the failure of the American judicial system to recognize and recompense a group of native people whose land was taken away not only in the far reaches of America's past, but also as recently as 1970. Zeroing in on the details of the trial, the Mashpee Tribe v. New Seabury, et al., Campisi follows the injustices facing a group of people who are not recognized as a tribe by the federal government and who cannot settle any land claims until they are. Then, he returns to the past to explain the steps that led to the group's nontribal status. This is an essential purchase for all research libraries and Native American collections. (Illustrations and index not seen.)-- Patricia Clark, Los Angeles P.L.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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