American Indian tribes throughout the country can always benefit from having elected officials advocating on their behalf. In former Congressman Bill Delahunt’s case it benefited him as well.
Delahunt is an attorney and chairman of the Delahunt Group and represented the Massachusetts Tenth Congressional District from 1997-2010. During his time as a Congressman, he oftentimes represented the interests of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
Today the tribe announced that Delahunt will represent the tribe and its interests at the state and federal level. Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell said the decision was natural, due to the continuous advocacy Delahunt showed on behalf of the tribe.
“Bill has fought for our tribe for years, defending us and advancing our interests as a member of Congress when few people would step forward on our behalf,” Cromwell said. “Our tribe was fortunate to have him as our Congressman, and we are excited to have his voice and continued advocacy on our behalf.”
“I have had the privilege of working with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe during my 14 years in Congress, particularly on their efforts to receive federal recognition, which had been delayed for over 30 years,” Delahunt said. “I am proud to represent them.”