February 2019 Mittark

Congress Reintroduces House Tribal Bill


The Congressional legislation that could protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation was introduced to the House of Representatives in its new session, a sign of hope for the tribe in the new year.

Congressman Willam R. Keating (D-Massachusetts) refiled HR 5244, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, along with co-sponsor Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (D-Massachusetts). The reintroduced bill was filed as HR 312, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act.

Included in HR 312 is an amendment that reinforces the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between the tribe and Town of Mashpee in 2008, known as the IGA. The amendment was pushed for inclusion on the bill by the Mashpee Board of Selectmen to protect the town from future land-claim lawsuits.


Chairman's Column


Wunee keesuq Tribal family,

There are a few topics that I’d like to cover in my column this month. Most notably are our efforts to see the Congressional legislation passed to forever protect our homeland and our upcoming tribal elections on February 10. These are two topics that will have a significant impact on our tribal nation for years to come.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation and Reaffirmation Act is vital to our tribal economy, community and culture. Thankfully we have broad support for the bill across both sided of the aisle.


Final Certified Candidates for the February 10, 2019 Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Elections

The following candidates have been certified by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Election Committee as meeting the eligibility requirements to seek office on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council at the February 10, 2019 Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Election.

Tribal Council Member

  • Carlton Hendricks Jr. (i)

  • Denise Johnson-Hathaway

  • Edwina Johnson-Graham (i)

  • Yvonne Avant (i)

  • Aaron Tobey Jr.

  • Brian Weeden

  • Joanne Frye

  • Rita Pocknett Gonsalves

  • Marie Stone

(i) = Incumbents

Preliminary Certified by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Election Committee


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List of Committee and Board Seat Openings