Original Airdate: 5/4/1979
Indians of North America - Land tenure
Indians of North America - Legal status, laws, etc.
Indians of North America - Massachusetts
Public Affairs: Current Events
10 O'Clock News (television program)
Mashpee Tribal Council
Program examines the initial 1976 lawsuit (and subsequent appeal) filed by the Mashpee Tribal Council (of Mashpee, Mass.) against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, citing the illegal seizure of native lands. Host Sixto Escobar reviews the heart of the lawsuit (the 1830 division of this land by the state, without congressional approval, in which each Wampanoag received 60 acres), and speaks with Russell Peters (President of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council) and attorney Ann Gilmore (co-counsel for the Tribe in the trial) about the council's case and the issues raised in court. Program features footage from WGBH-TV's 10 O'Clock News story on the lawsuit and its impact on the town.
Marc Bere (intern)
Bruce Bordett (stage manager)
Susan Brennan (audio)
Ron Buccheri (switcher)
Leo Demers (videotape recordist)
Diana Fong (intern)
Rebecca Hill (fashion consultant)
Dick Holden (camera)
Harvey Hudson (audio)
Frank Lane (camera)
Webster Lewis (theme music)
Gene Mackles (graphic designer)
Fran Mahard (scenic design)
Milan Merhar (videotape recordist)
John Plausse (lighting director)
George Rivera (post-production supervisor)
Iris Rosenthal (lighting assistant)
Kathy Smith (switcher)
David St. Onge (videotape recordist)
Aubrey Stewart (video)
John L. Sullivan (assistant cameraman)
Evelyn Wong (production assistant)
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