Judge sides with tribe in lawsuit over reservation status

A judge has stopped the federal government from rescinding its reservation designation for a Native American tribe’s land in Massachusetts, ordering the Interior Department to review the matter and issue new findings. The judge granted a summary judgment on behalf of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Friday, concluding that the Interior Department’s actions were “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and contrary to law.” The tribe has more than 300 acres in the town of Mashpee and in Taunton near the Rhode Island state line. The tribe said the Trump administration’s action, if it had been allowed to stand, would have destroyed much of what the tribe has worked to build in recent years on its sovereign lands.