July 2019 Mittark

Education Department Receives $19,000 Grant for “We Are the Seventh Generation”


The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe recently received a $19,100 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. This award will support the efforts of the tribe’s project: We are the Seventh Generation.

The project is designed to help youth retain and perpetuate the cultural integrity of Wampanoag community values, through participation in seasonally-dictated activities and ceremonial gatherings. It leverages knowledge and skills of culture-keepers and elders, by fostering connections with youth, as they strengthen identity, assume responsibility, and develop pride.

“We very much appreciate the opportunity the First Nations Development Institute’s Native Youth and Culture Fund has provided.” said Roxanne Mills Brown, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education Department Director. “The grant supports a dedicated focus on an age group often overlooked for specific inclusion in cultural activities.” she added.


Chairman's Column


Wunee keesuq Tribal family,

Our homecoming is just a few days away and once again we will be coming together on our ancestral homeland. The three days that we gather, sing, dance and pray on the land that our people have inhabited since the beginning of time are special. To powwow on this land is another example of why our connection to our ancestral home cannot be broken. It’s also why we continue to push forward with the fight to forever protect our land. 

Toward the end of last month, we received very encouraging news about our land in trust.

Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, issued an order handing our Tribe a key victory in our ongoing effort to protect our reservation…


Tribe Submits Application for Construction of Childcare Center

The Education Department Child Care Development Fund submitted a formal application, to Health and Human Services/Administration for Children & Families/Child Care Development Fund, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, for approval to construct a tribal childcare center, at 184 Meetinghouse Road in Mashpee.

A Feasibility Study was completed in May, by RGB Architects, and Education staff met with the Housing Commission to present findings. The proposed site sits on Alice May Lopez Drive, next to the site of the proposed Community Center, in the Mashpee Wampanoag Village Housing Development, located on Old Meetinghouse Road. The childcare center is proposed at 5100 square feet equipped to serve 35 children, 6 weeks to 13 years, to ensure that our youngest and most vulnerable are given opportunity to flourish in positive, sustainable, and culturally appropriate ways.

Early childhood education coursework, leading toward certification and/or undergraduate degrees is available, toward teaching and administrative positions. The Education Department is currently seeking interested individuals to be part of a focus group to advise the tribe/department on the external aspects of the building, to include landscaping and indigenous, medicinal plants. We will have more on this aspect soon.


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