August 2019 Mittark
Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project Receives Grants to Expand Immersion School
WLRP has been awarded a $299,519 Esther Martinez Initiative grant from the Administration for Native Americans for its proposal, "The Mukayuhsak Weekuw (Children's House) Expansion Project." Project funding, which started July 1st, will be followed by similar awards over the next two years as WLRP adds new school staff and grade levels to offer language immersion instruction from preschool through Grade 4 by the 2021-2022 academic year.
During the 2019-2020 school year, up to 30 students will attend preschool through Grade 2, with incoming federal funds supporting the training and hiring of a new full-time teacher assistant, as well as a part-time school wellness counselor, and a part-time Head of School, or principal. WLRP's current team identified these pressing needs during spring grant planning sessions, and with the support of its board of directors. In addition, nearly all Mukayuhsak Weekuw families have re-enrolled their children for the fall, with many expressing the desire for their students to stay at the tribally operated private school for future grade levels. Last year, Mukayuhsak Weekuw served 25 total students ages 2-7 in its preschool through first grade classrooms.
Wunee keesuq Tribal family,
As a tribal family, we share a special connection to our ancestral homeland. It’s a bond that cannot be broken. Last month we strengthened that bond between our people and our land at our annual homecoming. Our 98th Annual Powwow was by all accounts a tremendous success held right here on our ancestral homeland. We danced hard, connected with our culture, passed on traditions to our youth and enjoyed great food from our local chefs. It was a dose of good medicine that we all needed.
It’s good medicine that I’ve continued to carry with me even after the ceremonies ended. I’ve carried it with me as we continued the important work at our council table of protecting what is most sacred to our people, including the protection of our land.
Recall Hearing/Election Notice
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Election Committee extends NOTICE to all Enrolled Tribal Members who will turn 18 years of age on or before Sunday, September 15, 2019, that they are required to complete a Voter Registration form in order to vote at the Recall Election scheduled for Sunday, September 15, 2019 (the “Recall Election Day”) if not already registered to vote. A federal, State or Mashpee Tribal government-issued photo Identification card is required.
The Voter Registration form can be obtained at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Community & Government Center, located at 483 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee, MA 02649 during regular business hours. All enrolled and eligible Tribal members are allowed to register on or before the Recall Election Day.
The results of the Recall Election will be immediately announced after the votes are publicly hand counted by the Election Committee. The results will be posted at: (1) the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Community & Government Center, 483 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee, MA 02649; and (2) on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe official website by Monday, September 16, 2019.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Election Committee extends NOTICE that a Tribal Recall Election will be held.
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List of Committee and Board Seat Openings
The Election Committee is looking fordedicated tribal members to assist with the election process. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please send a letter of interest to Francie Dottin, executive administrative assistant to the chairman, at frances.dottin@mwtribe-NSN.gov
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.
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 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 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.