Scheduling Order Released for Pending Case in DC Court

Scheduling Order Released for Pending Case in DC Court

At the July General Membership Meeting Chairman Cromwell provided tribal members with an update on the preservation of land in trust. At the meeting he informed the community that a “Scheduling Order” for the pending case in Washington, D.C. had been set. The “Scheduling Order” established important deadlines for the case in the D.C. District Court, naming the Department of Interior as the defendant as well as the Littlefields as “Intervenor Defendants.”

Powwow Draws Hundreds of Visitors to Tribal Grounds

Powwow Draws Hundreds of Visitors to Tribal Grounds

Hundreds attended the 98th Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow from July 5 to July 7 at the Tribe’s ancestral homeland. On the final day of powwow a new Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess and Little Miss Wampanoag were announced. Alana Helme will serve as the 2019-2020 Powwow Princess and Sade Jackson is the 2019-2020 Little Miss Wampanoag. Both young women represented their Tribe well throughout the homecoming and will continue to serve the community well over the coming year.


The new Child & Family Services Department is now open for business at the Tribal Government Center.  

Keeping families together is our goal.  We strive towards supporting families to be the best they can be by offering supportive services to address challenges on a day to day basis.

We are offering new supportive services for our Tribal families. Please contact our department with any and all questions regarding services that are available.

Basketball Tournament

The Education Department is hosting a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Thursday, August 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center. All players ages 14 and up are invited to participate. Teams may have a max of 5 players and will play in a double elimination tournament. Registration is $20 per person. For more information or to register a team, please contact Cameron Greendeer at (508) 477-0208 ext 178 or at

Volleyball Returns to Mashpee Pond

Volleyball Returns to Mashpee Pond

A Co-Ed exercise initiated and hosted by the MWT Tribal Health Department back in 2012, indoor volleyball has been a standing activity for the community.

During the summer of 2016, efforts took shape to offer the activity at the Mashpee Pond. Coordination between the Town of Mashpee and enthused Tribal volleyball players established Tuesday evenings as volleyball night.

Time Management Workshop

The Education Department NYCP Summer Program is hosting a Time Management Workshop followed by a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Thursday, August 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center. Raffle items and lunch will be provided.

The basketball tournament is open to all participants.

Paid Internships Available

Paid Internships Available

The education department have been able to place a number of tribal youth into meaningful, paid internship opportunities. Internships pay $750 for 50 hours of work and are a great way for youth ages 14-19 to explore fields they may be interested in pursuing in college and/or as a job. Funding for the internship is provided through the NYCP Building Pathways for Tribal Youth Program and grant funding. Contact Cameron Greendeer ( 608-566-7907) or John Hanlon (  in the Education Dept. if you are interested in an internship this summer.

Emergency Management Director Presents at National Conference

On June, 18th 2019 Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Management Director, Nelson Andrews Jr conducted a presentation at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency All Hazards Preparedness Conference as invitational speaker.  Nelson’s presentation was titled “Navigating the complexities of Tribal Emergency Management.”   Nelson spoke to an audience of Federal, State and Local emergency managers and addressed Tribal All-Hazards Preparedness and the interlacing dynamics between Tribal, State and Local Emergency Management.  Director Andrews said “although there are many differences between Tribal, State and Local emergency management practices there are even more similarities and a common goal approach that helps to enable the whole community in being more ready and prepared for the potential hazards that are equally endured”    

Native American Traditions showcased at Westport’s Handy House

Throughout the summer the Westport Historical Society celebrates local Native American heritage and traditional arts with a series of special events focusing on indigenous cooking, Native American dye techniques, quillwork, and Wampanoag language reclamation, and an exhibition at the Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road.

This programming is guided by Elizabeth James-Perry, a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head – Aquinnah. She is a multi-medium traditional and contemporary artist with a focus on early Northeastern Woodlands Native culture, including ancient wampum shell carvings and reviving natural dye techniques.

A series of events kicks off at the Westport Public Library on Thursday, Aug. 8 with a program on the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project. The Wampanoag language is one of more than three dozen languages classified as belonging to the Algonquian language family.

Through the processes of religious conversion, laws against the use of the language, mainstream education, and commerce, the Wampanoag language had ceased to be spoken by the mid-19th century. Through the joint collaborative efforts of members of the Assonet Band of Wampanoag, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah and the Herring Pond Band of Wampanoag, the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project aims to return fluency to the Wampanoag Nation as a principal means of expression.

Jennifer Weston, WLRP Director/Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Language Department Director, will provide an overview of the program. And there will be an opportunity to learn some common Wampanoag words. Seating is limited. Reserve a seat at or

This will be followed by a Wampanoag art and adornment demonstration on Aug. 10 and an indigenous cooking demonstration on Sept. 14 showcasing Native American cooking techniques using clay pots, over an open fire. Learn about seasonal cuisine, feast celebrations, and Wampanoag recipes that have been adopted into modern New England foodways.

For details and updates please contact the Westport Historical Society or visit

Chief Meets Turkey Warrior

Our distinguished Mashpee Wampanoag Chief Silent Drum (Vernon Lopez) thought he was dreaming as he was walking down his hallway mid-morning to make his bed.

Oh well, that was not happening because all of a sudden, he heard glass breaking. He froze in his tracks. The chief has done years of traveling around the world, including during World War II. Now at 97 years old, he has lived in his house for 50 years and heard spirits often, but no broken windows – ever.