February 2018 Mittark
A Timely Tribute to Mashpee Tribal Housing Advocate
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hosted a social gathering Saturday, January 27 in honor of Alice Lopez, a longtime housing advocate who helped pave the way for a low-income development project that recently received state backing.
Lopez was the first director of the Mashpee Wampanoag Housing Department. She is remembered by friends and family as a tireless advocate of the needy and homeless, a mentor to Wampanoag youth and someone who sacrificed time and energy to help preserve the 12,000-year-old nation’s culture and traditions.
Greetings Tribal Family,
It’s taken us a few years and the hard work of many, dedicated tribal members to take these steps toward completing the mission of our dearly departed sister, Alice Lopez. Alice would often say that our people should never be homeless on their homeland. It was a personal mission that she undertook as she worked tirelessly as a housing advocate in the 90’s and continued in 2003 when she launched our Wampanoag housing program.
Home Rehabilitation Lottery is Now Open – Applications Due March 30
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Housing Department is pleased to announce it will once again run the “Home Rehabilitation” Lottery. The lottery awards three homeowners that are also members of a federally recognized tribe in the Tribe’s service area up to $15,000 to complete needed home repairs. Applications for the “Home Rehabilitation” Lottery are being accepted now through Friday, March 30, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Explore Additional News in this month's Nashauonk Mittark
Learning a new language has long been a requirement at most American high schools. While the typical offerings include Spanish, French, and Latin, in Mashpee, a small group of students is taking on a language that hasn’t been spoken fluently in centuries. WCAI’s Kathryn Eident has more on the Wôpanâak Language class at Mashpee High School.
The 97th Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow will be returning home; dancers, drummers, vendors and visitors will once again enjoy powwow on tribal lands. The annual powwow will be held July, 6, 7 and 8 at the traditional Powwow Grounds located next to the Community and Government Center at 483 Great Neck Road South in Mashpee.
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition to hear a case involving a gambling hall for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), paving the way for the tribe to begin the process of opening an electronic bingo facility on tribal lands in Aquinnah.
The case between the tribe and the commonwealth of Massachusetts, the town of Aquinnah, and the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association was “distributed for conference” on Friday.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Historic Preservation Department (THPD) is pleased to announce a new project that is devoted to the 660 Young Adult Tribal members ages 18-30 that are almost always left out of tribal programs. How many of the 660 have you ever met in person? This project will hold a couple gatherings so you can meet each other; kind of like speed dating (without the romance) so you can at least check each other out in a no pressure space. After everyone is acquainted THPD wants to know what parts of our history and culture you’re interested in learning more about. A professional graphic designer team will work with a small group of five that you select to create a touch screen portable exhibit. This format will present the possibility of creating a sub-domain website where the 660 group can drive the audience from their home and school computers.
On Monday, January 29 the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe completed its site transition with the launch of a new responsive website. The new site features a responsive design making the content, video and images view properly on all desktop and mobile devices. The new site, which is largely content driven, provides several blogs, calendars and news features to improve communication.
Tribal Health will be hosting “Dancing Moon Yoga” every Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center. Instructor Cecilia “Kimma” King will be giving the classes.
Tribal Health hosts a series of year-round activities to keep tribal members, family and friends in the community active. Maintaining an active life-style can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease - all diseases that impact Indian Country at a significantly higher rate.
We all know Mashpee Wampanoag men and women can cook and thanks to an upcoming event “The Taste of Mashpee” the public will have a chance to enjoy some of the Tribe’s favorite traditional foods. The tasty event is being organized by the tribal youth and will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center on Great Neck Road South in Mashpee. The Taste of Mashpee is open to the public.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education Department, through support from the Building Pathways for Tribal Youth, have organized a week of educational games, fairs and a basketball tournament during February vacation. All of the events, games and activities are free and open to tribal youth in middle school, high school or are college age and will be held at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center.
Wuneekesuq (Good Day!) Nutus8ees Chenoa Peters (My name is Chenoa Peters). I am currently the 2017-2018 Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow Princess. As the Princess, I have traveled to many Pow Wow’s here in New England and my goal is to be able to travel to Bermuda to attend the St. David’s Pow Wow in June 2018.
The Old Indian Meeting House Committee is pleased to announce the events planned for 2018.
Haskell Indian Nations University sophomore forward Nakia Hendricks (Mashpee Wampanoag) has been named the A.i.i men’s basketball player of the week.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is currently waiting on a decision from the United States Department of Interior on its petition to continue to hold the Tribe’s ancestral homelands in trust. A decision by the Department of Interior is expected to come down sometime in February. While the Tribe remains cautiously optimistic, a year into the Trump Administration has given the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe plenty to worry about…with concerns that the Trump Administration’s position towards certain groups will overshadow the strength and merit of the thousands of pages of documents submitted over the past 40 years.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Employment and Training Department is making transportation arrangements for tribal citizens interested in applying to join the Taunton Laborer’s Union. The Laborer’s Union will be accepting applications on March 13. If you need assistance, please contact Employment and Training Program Manager Marnell Cash at (508) 477-0208 ext 161.
Mashpee Chief of Police Scott W. Carline named Brett Calhoun the Officer of the Year. Kevin Frye, who has been on the town’s police department for 24 years, was given the distinguished service medal, and the department welcomed its newest members, officers Bryan Derochea, John Hagerty and John McDonough.
Falmouth Academy senior Kendall Currence and member of the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe has already established herself as the greatest scorer in Cape Cod basketball history.
She now sets her sights on all of Massachusetts.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Management Department shares some useful information and preparedness tips on frostbite. Frostbite is a serious condition that’s caused by exposure to extremely cold temperatures. Stay safe this winter by learning more about frostbite and reading below.
On the last day of Hurricane Season this year, November, 31st the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Management Department conducted a hurricane themed Table Top Exercise (TTX) through working in close collaboration with staff from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and students from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA).
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Management Department currently has an ongoing partnership with the American Red Cross and have received a new allotment of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available for installation in the homes of tribal citizens.
Brianna D. Cheatham, a senior at Mashpee High School and a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, is Mashpee’s recipient of this year’s Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence.
It’s not easy when you’re a basketball player and almost always the smallest one on the court. That’s something that Mashpee High School’s Amiyah Peters—a 7th grader on the varsity team—has to deal with just about every time she suits up for the Lady Falcons.
The article we are sharing this month addresses the Conclusion of the preceding articles that have been presented from “Tribal Child Welfare Codes as Sovereignty in Action” developed by the Native Nations Institute and NICWA.
The following articles will relate to Peacemaking and the Justice system. I have edited some of the material to make it cohesive and easy to read. Various tribes have included Peacemaking in their justice systems and provide a wealth of knowledge about the Peacemaking process. We will examine the Navajo Peacemaking process. It is a traditional method of Indigenous justice. We will continue with Chief Judge Robert Yazzie of the Navajo Nation and look at some of the cases that were handled with Peacemaking.
Steven and Jennifer Peters welcomed a new baby boy, Jacob Sean Peters, on January 17. Jacob was born at Falmouth Hospital and weighed 7lb 3oz. Jacob is now spending lots of time getting to know his big brother, Russell, grandparents Paula Peters, Mark Harding and Allison and Steven Kennedy and the rest of the extended family.
Mashpee Service Unit would like to Congratulate Our Nurse Practitioner Kelsey Simm and Husband Eric on the Arrival of their Beautiful Twin's Connor and Charlotte, Born November 16th ....Conner weighing 6Ibs 7oz and Charlotte 4ibs 12oz. Mom, Dad and The Twins are doing great and enjoying being new parents.
List of Committee and Board Seat Openings
The The Election Committee is looking for a dedicated tribal member 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 Housing Commission. The Housing Commission is tasked with policy-level goals, determinations and policy review that guide the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Housing Department.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community Development Corporation (CDC) is currently seeking a qualified tribal citizen to join the CDC Board of Directors. The CDC was organized earlier this year to engage in activities that will promote the social welfare, economic security and community development of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and its enrolled citizens that will enable the Tribe to be self-sufficient and to provide economic support for its tribal citizens. If you are interested in serving as a CDC Board of Director, please send a letter of interest along with your resume/CV to Francie Dottin, executive administrative assistant to the chairman, francie.dottin@mwtribe-NSN.gov and carbon copy mwtcdc@mwtribe-NSN.gov.