Come together to have family fun & learn your language! All ages are encouraged to attend this 3-Day immersion camp to challenge yourself and others to speak Wôpanâak for the day. This is a FREE event and there are 3 blocks for classes that include a variety of topics. This Immersion Camp is open to all members of a Wampanoag household, including non-tribal partners, step-children, foster parents, etc.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education Department began accepting applications on July 15 for academic scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. Tribal members enrolled in one or more accredited courses for the upcoming semester may apply. All students are eligible to receive $500 per course or up to $2,000 for full time students with 12 credits or more.
The Federal Highway Administration recently announced $17-million in grant awards from the 2017-2018 Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund. These awards represent funding for 94 projects to develop transportation safety plans, enhance safety data, and improve transportation infrastructure. The Tribe received $340,000 for the Design of Old Barnstable Road Project, which will provide a completed construction plan for a one-mile stretch of road, designed to prevent another pedestrian fatality, and reduce the potential for serious bicyclist and vehicular crashes
A house that’s related to one of the very early families of the Tribe, 218 Great Neck Road North better known as the Walter Mingo House, was listed for sale last month. The modest home has seen several generations of prominent tribal members reside under its roof. The surrounding land has also provided sustenance for the community for many years. The thought of the structure being purchased outside of the tribe and potentially being demolished or altered beyond recognition would be a sad moment.
Finding My Medicine started on July 19 and is continuing on Mondays and Thursdays from 9-4 through August 30 at 55 Acres (ceremonial grounds).
This project will offer cultural teachings and traditional practices to help our youth ages 14-19 to find and build upon their personal medicine. They will experience a series of cultural activities that are designed to bring about self-awareness, discovering their inner talents and strengths. Some of these activities include; receive their Indian name (if they don’t have one), develop their tribal sound, create personal symbol, and learn how to connect with their personal animal totems. They will also learn traditional Wampanoag ceremonial practices that they can use throughout their lives.
Our Medicare Outreach Counselor April Dugas, will be returning to our weekly Title VI “Lunch and Learn” in September of 2018, providing free Medicare Counseling. April can help you understand your plan’s changes, screen you for assistance programs, discuss other questions or concerns that you have about Medicare and help to prepare you for Medicare’s OPEN ENROLLMENT starting October 15 through December 7 2018. Please see April Dugas every Thursday starting in September 2018 at our weekly Lunch and Learn from 10am to 2pm or call Tribal Health at (508) 477-0208 x166 to schedule an appointment.
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.
Work on the Law and Order Ordinance began about 3 years ago. It started out initially as a simple civil code to handle minor offenses but with Land into Trust came criminal jurisdiction and more responsibility. The Laws created had to encompass Criminal Offenses, Drug Offenses, Domestic and Family Violence, Gaming Offenses, Community Offenses, and Traffic Violations. Fortunately, the Tribe had been award a grant from the Department of Justice in 2015 to develop the Laws needed for a sovereign government. It was determined that related aspects of Law should be compiled into one Ordinance which became the Tribal Law and Order Ordinance. It is important to inform Tribal Members about what it contains and how it will impact the tribe. A series of articles will be written about the Tribal Law and Order Ordinance. We will start our series with Chapter 1, General Provisions. We have incorporated the Wampanoag language within the document with English interpretations in parenthesis.
Pollinators, like bees, butterflies, birds, and bats have been on the decline. It poses a real threat to our natural environment and our ability to produce the foods we all eat. In response to this issue, the kids, staff and interns of the Native Youth in Science Preserving Our Homeland (POH) camp have made two pollinator gardens, providing vital resources needed to revive the health of the pollinators.
Two of our Tribal CRMs participated in the 2018 UMass Boston –Plymouth 400 Field School. This was the third year that we have had CRMs participate and receive Field Tech training. This allows our CRMs to gain useful insight into the world of Archaeology. After receiving training CRM’s field reports become more comprehensive as a result, improving the data collection efforts of the department.
The North American Indian Center of Boston will be hosting an All Nations Back to School event on August 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 105 S. Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA.
V'Santi Tobey recently graduated from El Camino Real Charter High School and is planning to attend the University of California Davis in the fall on a Blue and Gold University Scholarship. V’Santi will be majoring in theatre and dance. She credits the support she received fro her family, the Los Angeles Indian Community and her family back home with her success. She is the great-great granddaughter of the late Louise Tobey, Great granddaughter Harold "Wise Bear" Tobey, and the Late Margaret Pina, Granddaughter of Pamela Tobey, daughter of Danielle Tobey and Ronald J. Cruz (Pocknett) who is her stepfather.
Several of the Harris cousins have excelled this past semester in their schools. Zoe Harris, student at Northeaster University, along with her younger sister Alyssa and cousin Morgan have all made the honor roll. Your grandmother, Barbara Harris, is very proud of you.
Zoe Harris, who is on the dean’s list at Northeaster University, is studying abroad in Ghana. Zoe is studying the medical services in Ghana. Congratulations Zoe. Zoe is the daughter of Judy Urquhart and Gordon Harris and the granddaughter of Barbara Harris.
Congratulations to Frederick Peters Jr.the Mashpee Wampanoag Family Dental Clinic May Incentive Prize Winner. Each month one lucky patient of the clinic is chosen at random as the winner and is able to select a prize. Prizes include items such as an electric toothbrush, a water pick or a dental care package.