July 2018 Mittark
Open Enrollment & Open House at Mukayuhsak Weekuw (The Children's House)
The Children's House team invites you to visit the Wôpanâak language immersion preschool and kindergarten classrooms on Thursday, July 12th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to learn about enrolling your child for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning in mid-September. Pre-Registration forms are also available online at www.wlrp.org/sign-up-form.html
Registration forms may also be picked up at the Language Department from director Jennifer Weston (ext. 168) or requested via email as well (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once a completed pre-registration or registration form has been received, parents will be contacted to schedule an exploratory classroom visit for their child and to meet with staff regarding the Parent Language Contract and the Orientation Process. Children should be at least 2 years and nine months old to enroll. (Applications will also be accepted for students who will reach the age of enrollment for the second semester beginning in January 2019.)
Greetings Tribal Family,
Are you ready to powwow on our ancestral homeland? It’s going to be a beautiful homecoming. It’s been several years since we have hosted our annual powwow on tribal land and bringing it back now just feels right. Just thinking about it fills me with pride knowing that we are on the right path and that our ancestors are looking down on us today in approval.
Even as I write this I can hear the...
Powwow To Be Held On Federally Recognized Land
The 97th Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow will be returning home to tribal lands on Great Neck Road South next weekend after several years at Cape Cod Fairgrounds.
The tribe’s homeland brings a special meaning to the event, and the Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Committee appropriately titled this year’s theme “A Traditional Homecoming.”
Hosting the event on tribal lands allows tribal members to have a better connection to their ancestors, an important aspect to a powwow.
Explore Additional News in this month's Nashauonk Mittark
Support for legislation to have the federal government take land in trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has grown in recent months as the tribe and others wait to see if Congress will schedule committee hearings to take up two identical bills, which aim to end an ongoing legal challenge to the tribe’s reservation.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Housing Commissioners are leaving the big decision in the hands of the tribal members to name the new housing development. The Housing Commissioners have narrowed it down to the following three contenders:
In June, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Housing Department took another step forward with the new housing development on Meeting House Road when it began accepting bids from qualified General Contractors the construction of the development.
On June 9 and 10 several members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, including Chief of the Mashpee Wampanoag Vernon “Silent Drum” Lopez, attended the semi-annual Powwow in Bermuda.
The July monthly General Membership Meeting has been pushed back to the 3rd Sunday of the month (Sunday, July 15) to not interfere with powwow events and ceremonies. Please mark your calendar for the General Membership meeting on Sunday, July 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center.
View photos of tribal citizens, family and friends that gathered at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center to celebrate the Chief’s 96th Birthday on June 16.
The Chief’s Circle would like to offer tribal members guidance about the Prayer Fires used in dedication to our departed family members. These fires are considered sacred spaces where the tribal community can make tobacco offerings that carry their prayers to the departed spirit. The place chosen on your property for the Prayer Fire is regarded as sacred ceremonial ground forever. It becomes a place for your family to return when spiritual guidance from within is needed.
To obtain a sticker you must be a Tribal member, present a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration.
The fee is $10 cash only and will be placed on the vehicle by Enrollment.
No new sticker will be issued without the remittance of the old sticker.
Stickers are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays and please make an appointment.
This sticker is for the purpose of vehicle owner identification only; you must carry your tribal ID as well.
Spouse and Non-Tribal member stickers are no longer valid stickers.
For questions call the Natural Resource Commission’s Chair Vernon Pocknett (508) 292-6713.
Save the date for a week-long field trip camp. From August 20 to 24 the Indian Education Department will sponsor a series of field trips. Registration opens August 6 and space is limited. There’s only space for 20 campers.
Native youth in 6-8th grade are invited to attend the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Natural Resources and Education Departments Summer Youth Environmental Science Camp being held July 16 to August 2. The Native Youth in Science Preserving Our Homeland camp will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tribal youth were able to participate in two education-based trips over the past few weeks thanks to the continued support the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education Department receives through the NYCP Building Pathways grant. Grant trips over the past few weeks included a trip to Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard May 30 in conjunction with the Indian Education program at Mashpee High School and on June 16 to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge off the coast of Chatham.
Finding My Medicine will start on July 19 and continue 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.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan on March 15, 2018, and as part of the implementation of this Plan, FEMA was seeking the input and diverse perspectives of state, local, tribal, and territorial government, and non-governmental organization partners. FEMA sent a formal invitational letter to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Management Director Nelson Andrews Jr to participate in the Partner Strategy Sessions in order to gather additional input toward the strategic plan, to help FEMA shape how to implement the new ambitious goals and objectives together.
With another hot summer ahead for our community we wanted to share some important heat preparedness information. Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body.
In the continuing effort to provide service and support to the members of the tribal community that are suffering from the disease of opioid addiction, the members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council and operational staff participated in several Narcan training session in June. These council members and staff are now first responders and are ready to save lives.
During the month of July the "Our"Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History exhibit will be on display in Mashpee Commons. The Commons has provided storefront to host the exhibit and there is also an opportunity for Wampanoag artisans to demonstrate and sell traditional and or contemporary authentic crafts. Space is limited and times will be arranged to make the space available to as many crafters who want to participate.
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 various tribes that incorporate the Peacemaking process into their tribal justice systems. Peacemaking is a traditional method of Indigenous justice. Our next articles are about Judge Flies-Away who is an enrolled member of the Hualapai Nation, located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. In this particular segment, Judge Flies-Away shares his view on Healing to Wellness Courts.
Mukayuhsak Weekuw (The Children's House), closed out the academic year with a beautiful last day of school celebration with the students, teachers, family and friends. The teachers and staff of the Mukayuhsak Weekuw were so proud of the growth each student made throughout the year thanks to the leadership, love and nurturing care these precious little ones receive each day from their teachers.
This spring the MWT Language and Education department directors Jennifer Weston and Nitana Greendeer collaborated to deliver a ten-part professional learning series for educators in all three Mashpee public schools. More than two dozen teachers and administrators from Coombs, Quahsnet, and Mashpee Middle and High School participated throughout the professional development program held each Thursday afternoon 4-5 p.m. from April 5 through June 14.
Members of the Mashpee School Committee and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council discussed the potential formal recognition by the school committee of the tribe’s early childhood Montessori language immersion classroom.
At the June 9th MWT General Body Meeting the Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corporation (CDC) presented a comprehensive presentation that highlighted plans to initiate a Tribal Utility Project. Megan Amsler, of the Cape Cod and Islands Self Reliance Corporation, presented a site assessment of solar and wind power energy opportunities. The CDC is also working with Baker Tilly Consultants who are experts in corporate structure management. The CDC has recently been awarded our third grant, in the sum of $94,000 from the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Energy and Mineral Management that will fund the initial infrastructure of this project.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) received a second grant from the Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) through its Energy and Mineral Development Program. The MWCDC received notice this week that it had been selected to receive $94,000 to further develop the Tribal Utility Corporation and a first of its kind micro-grid eco-village.
Scope: The Tribal Prosecutor represents the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in Tribal Court in criminal prosecutions and civil code violations. The prosecutor reports to and is supervised by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council. The Prosecutor is to be the chief law enforcement officer of the Tribe and shall be responsible for all criminal investigations and prosecutions. And to Undertake all duties and functions otherwise authorized for the Tribal Prosecutor by Tribal law, or necessary and proper to the exercise of a duty or function authorized by Tribal law.
Thanks to the hard work of Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Health Services Dietitian Lesley McKeen, there is now a community garden located at the Mashpee Wampanoag Community and Government Center.
Lesley is very excited about growing healthy habits among the community with the new garden. “I’ve been working on developing a community garden for several months and we’re finally ready to plant,” said Lesley. “We’re now looking to schedule a planting day where everyone can come and plant a seed.”
This past May, the Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corporations President Mark Harding was invited to attend the Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities Program: A Harvard Business School Executive Education program developed for NAFOA, AFOA, and NCAI. This is a program for leaders, executive officers, senior administrators, and senior financial managers of tribal nations and Native organizations serving the needs of tribal communities and Native people.
Please join Tribal Historic Preservation in welcoming new intern Chyla Hendricks to the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum.
Chyla will gain valuable work experience with museum attendants Anita (Mother Bear) Peters and Courtney Powell as they share Wampanoag cultural history with the public.
When Saige Austin is not posing for the camera at one of the many photo shoots she’s done for a Levi’s advertisement, she’s kicking up some serious dirt at a USA Track & Field sanctioned competitions. Saige competes in the 7-8 year old category in a variety of track and relay events. She is the daughter of Tammy Pocknett Austin, the granddaughter of the late Ronnie Pocknett and great granddaughter of the late Freddie Pocknett. Keep an eye out for Saige at the Junior Olympics.
Congratulations to Bianca Soliz and Ray Haynes who joined hands in Marriage on, May 27th 2018. Bianca and Ray met in the fall of 2009 during their first semester at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. The two are going on their 7th year together and currently reside in Brooklyn, NY. Bianca is the Daughter of Fenton and Nancy Soliz, and the Granddaughter of the late Chester and Barbara Soliz. Best Wishes as the new Mr. and Mrs. Ray Haynes.
List of Committee and Board Seat Openings
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe currently has open seats, including three (3) 2 year terms and one (1) 3 year term 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.
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, email@example.com.
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.