April 2019 Mittark
Honorary Partnership Ceremony at New Housing Development
On March 30 the Housing Commission and Housing Department hosted an Honorary Partnership Ceremony at the 184 Meeting House Road housing development. Housing Department staff, housing commission members, council member, citizens from the tribe and state representatives came together to celebrate this momentous occasion for the Tribe. It was also a moment to remember Alice Lopez, the founder of the Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe Housing Department. Following the ceremony the attendees gathered at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center for food and refreshments.
Wunee keesuq Tribal family,
First, I want to pay homage to our Ancestors, Elders, Tribal Community members past and present, who through constant devotion to our People and our Culture have been the driving force in keeping us whole for generations.
The Tribe received formal notification that our bill, HR312 - "Mashpee Reservation Reaffirmation Act," will be heard before the Subcommittee for Indigenous People of the United States at a legislative hearing in Washington, DC.
BIA Funding Increase to over $840,000 Per Year
Sitting in the office of the Tribal Administrator, Leslie Jonas, a few days before she transitions out of the TA role for the Tribe, and it’s easy to see where her passion lies. She loves working in Development and securing funding for her Tribe.
Leslie reviews spreadsheets that provide a high-level overview of recent grants that have been awarded to the Tribe and quickly rattles off details of each award, the programs that survive because of it and how she’s been able to work with Development Associate, Kimberly Maida, and the Finance team to increase funding year over year.
BIA funding was increased from just over $500,000, in 2017/18 to about $1MM in 2019 including a couple of 1x funding awards made possible for NRD, WIOA and the Tribal Court in 2019. The increased funding now covers a wider range of operations staff and 2 mortgages – including the Community and Government Center.
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List of Committee and Board Seat Openings
The Powwow Committee is currently looking for dedicated tribal members to join the committee. The Powwow Committee is responsible for organizing the Tribe’s annual homecoming, our largest event held each year. For more information about the committee, please contact Committee Chairman Brian Weeden at (774) 413-0520. Letters of interest can be sent to Francie Dottin, executive administrative assistant to the chairman, at email@example.com.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe currently has an open seat on its Housing Commission. The Housing Commission is tasked with policy-level goals, determinations and policy review that guide the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Housing Department.
Duties and responsibilities of the Housing Commission include, but are not limited to creating the Indian Housing Plan (IHP), policies, and enforcement of housing-related tribal law, department oversight and regulatory compliance.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is looking for tribal members to serve on the Land Planning and Use Committee. This committee’s duties will consist of land use planning and land acquisition recommendations. The committee will consist of nine tribal members who will serve in two-year staggered terms. If you are interested in serving on the Land Planning and Use Committee, please send a letter of interest along with your resume/CV to Francie Dottin, executive administrative assistant to the chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe currently has an open seat on its Enrollment Committee. One of the most important responsibilities of the Enrollment Committee is to review enrollment applications. Please visit the Tribal website at https://mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov/enrollment to review the Enrollment Ordinance.
If you are interested in serving as an Enrollment Committee member, please send your letter of interest to Francie Dottin, Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chairman, at Francie.Dottin@mwtribe-NSN.gov.