Tribe whose ancestors helped Pilgrims hosting annual powwow

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — The Native American tribe whose ancestors broke bread with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is hosting its annual powwow in Massachusetts.

The Mashpee Wampanoag (WAHM’-puh-nawg) tribe’s 98th powwow began Friday and runs through Sunday at its government center on Cape Cod.

The three-day event features traditional Indian dancing, drumming, foods and crafts. There’s also a clam bake and the crowning of the “Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess” and “Little Miss Wampanoag.”

The tribe was federally recognized in 2007 and has 2,700 enrolled citizens.

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Federal authorities granted the tribe a reservation in 2015, but the decision has been the focus of a lengthy court battle. The tribe is seeking congressional approval of legislation protecting the sovereign status of the land as it hopes to build a casino on portions of it.

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