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Say Brother; Federal Laws and the Native American: Patterns of Paper Politics; Creation of the Mashpee District in 1685

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01/14/1977

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.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Federal Laws and the Native American: Patterns of Paper Politics
Program Number

713

Title

Creation of the Mashpee District in 1685

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

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."

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

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
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
White, Conrad (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Contributors
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Portilla, Alfred (Assistant Stage Manager)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Floyd, Mike (Stage Manager)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio Editor)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Tomaselli, Robert (Lighting Assistant)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Wilson, Bob (Stage Manager)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Chigas, Basil (Switcher)
Chu, Justina (Reporter)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Assembly)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Assembly)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Federal Laws and the Native American: Patterns of Paper Politics; Creation of the Mashpee District in 1685,” 01/14/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C28A8BF63E2E48428A4C8E436C651C99.
MLA: “Say Brother; Federal Laws and the Native American: Patterns of Paper Politics; Creation of the Mashpee District in 1685.” 01/14/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C28A8BF63E2E48428A4C8E436C651C99>.
APA: Say Brother; Federal Laws and the Native American: Patterns of Paper Politics; Creation of the Mashpee District in 1685. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C28A8BF63E2E48428A4C8E436C651C99
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