June 2018 Mittark

Mashpee Selectmen Support Legislation Protecting Wampanoag Land Rights


The Board of Selectmen is formally backing federal legislation that aims to end an ongoing legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation, saying legal counsel for both governments have agreed to a town-proposed amendment to the bill.

Last month, the board announced its support of the bill, which was introduced in March by U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., that seeks to reaffirm a 2015 decision by the U.S Department of Interior to take 171 acres in Mashpee and 150 acres in Taunton of tribal reservation land into trust. The legislation would also create statutory safeguards to bar future litigation on the matter in federal court. U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., has introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Chairman's Column


Greetings Tribal Family,

There’s been a tremendous amount of great work that’s taken place at our Tribal Community and Government Center over the past few weeks. I’d like to highlight a few of them in my column that stood out for various reasons.

Last month we made great progress with the Town of Mashpee to further strengthen our government-to-government relationship.  Also, our Powwow Committee has been working tirelessly to organize the traditional home coming of our powwow. Our Housing Department is now accepting housing applications for the initial...


Apply Today for Housing in the Meetinghouse Road Housing Development


The Housing Department is accepting application for the Meetinghouse Road housing development.

The first phase of the housing development consists of 42 units:

  • 8 elder duplex homes (16 units) 2 bedroom/2 bath
  • 13 Cape Cod single-family homes – 3 2 bedroom/2 bath and 10 3 bedroom/2 bath
  • 13 ranch style family homes – 3 bedroom/2bath

Explore Additional News in this month's Nashauonk Mittark


List of Committee and Board Seat Openings