March 2018 Mittark
Housing Applications Available for Mashpee Wampanoag Village
The Mashpee Wampanoag Housing Department is now accepting applications for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Housing Project that will be located at 184 Meetinghouse Road, Mashpee. Applications are available online by clicking here and have bee included with the print version of the Mittark.
Tribal Members that are seeking low-income housing in the Mashpee Wampanoag Village should complete the application as soon as possible. Applicants must meet qualifications and certain income guidelines.
Greetings Tribal Family,
I have a couple of brief updates that all relate to our land that I want to provide you. We have the pending decision from the Department of Interior that I want to talk about, our Wampanoag Village Housing development and our 97th Annual Powwow, which is returning to Tribal Lands this year. Our land is and continues to be our connection to our past, present and future.
Mashpee Selectmen Sign Public Service Agreement With Tribe
The Mashpee Board of Selectmen on Monday, February 12, agreed to re-sign a memorandum of understanding with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council agreeing to extend emergency services on tribal sovereign land for the remainder of the year.
The signature of the agreement arrives after the two Mashpee governments failed to meet over a two-month period as had originally been proposed.
The agreement sets out a set of protocols for local and state police, fire and medical personnel to respond on tribal land while the tribe develops its own emergency infrastructure and personnel. The town has signed yearly, temporary agreements since the tribe received a reservation proclamation from the federal government.
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The Mashpee Board of Selectmen voted Monday to take part in a meeting with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe proposed for March 5. It will be the first time the tribe and the town have met since 2016, according to Selectman Andrew Gottlieb, who pushed the board to come up with a “substantive” agenda for the long-anticipated joint summit.
The U.S Department of Interior has notified the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that it is still reviewing evidence to determine whether the tribe qualifies to have land taken into trust under a different legal category from one originally awarded in 2015, and will provide an update on that process in one month.
In an email Tuesday, Associate Solicitor for the Interior Department Eric Shepard wrote that the federal agency is still evaluating arguments and submissions from parties involved in the ongoing effort and cannot provide a specific date by which to issue a decision.
Thanks to a fundraising drive spearheaded by Little Miss Wampanoag Paris Widdiss-Hendricks, over $1,300 in items were delivered directly to tribal youth living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota last month.
A member of popular soul band The GroovaLottos, and internationally renowned arts and cultural educator introduces an innovative, guerrilla- style YouTube talkshow on Wednesday nights at 7pm.
Thanks to the Building Pathways for Tribal Youth under the NYCP grant, the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Education Department is able to coordinate a variety of exciting internship opportunities with area businesses and organizations. The internships opportunities are open to tribal youth ages 14-19 years old and range from areas such as small business and historic preservation to natural resources and communications. All internships pay $750 for 50 hours of work ($15 per hour).
The Indian Education Office is collecting Title VI 506 forms for all Native American students’ grades K-12 enrolled in the Barnstable, Falmouth, New Bedford, Sandwich, and Wareham Public School districts. These forms are required by the Office of Indian Education to participate in services, and will be kept on file here at the Indian Education office. Please contact Kitty Hendricks-Miller at (508) 477-0208 ext. 143 or at Gertrude.Hendricks@mwtribe-nsn.gov.
The Indian Education Department in coordination with the Mashpee Wampanoag Museum and the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have organized daily activities during April School Vacation. From April 16 to April 20 tribal students in grades k-6 may participate in activities that will be held at the Mashpee Wampanoag Community and Government Center, the Mashpee Wampanoag Museum and the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Please join the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project (WLRP) and Mashpee Indian Museum for family fun, activities, singing, dancing, fishing, and more at the annual Honoring Our Herring event. Honoring Our Herring will be held at the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum on Thursday, April 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Wampanoag Senior Travel Club is sponsoring a Penny Sale on Saturday, March 17 at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center. Doors for the Penny Sale open at 11:00 a.m. with games starting at 1:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.
Mashpee Wampanaog Indian Education and the Cape Cod Child Development Fund (CCDF) are hosting a fun-filled night for tribal youth on Friday, March 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center Gymnasium. The Pajama Party and Movie Night will include a potluck at 6:00 p.m. and the animated hit movie Coco at 7:00 p.m.
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.
Are you interested in starting or continuing your career in the construction trades?
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
The Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51 Apprenticeship Training Program will be accepting applications for Plumber, Pipefitter and HVAC Technician apprentice training for a two week period starting March 5, 2018.
The applications will be available at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51 training facility located at 11 Hemingway Drive, East Providence, RI 02915.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Youth Council is hosting a 3-on-3 March Madness Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 31 at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center. Tip off will be at 12:00 p.m. with cash prizes for the winners.
The Mashpee Town Clerk announced today that Annual Election Nomination Papers for the following positions will be available beginning February 5, 2018.
The Annual Election will be held on, May 15, 2018 at Christ the King Parish. Nomination Papers must be submitted to the Board of Registrars on or before 5:00 P.M. on March 27, 2018. Any questions please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-539-1418.
Mashpee Wampanoag tribal leaders have praised remarks made by US Senator Elizabeth A. Warren (D-Massachusetts).
Sen. Warren gave her address Wednesday, February 14, to the National Congress of American Indians during a policy summit in Washington, DC. She made a direct reference to the Mashpee Wampanoag.
A traveling exhibition about the Wampanoag people that the Pilgrims encountered when they arrived in 1620 has added a new chapter, now on display at the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth.
The new installment, “Powwow,” adds to three other chapters previously created for the multimedia exhibit, “Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History.”
One of biggest regional producing theaters in the United Kingdom wants Wampanoag tribe members to take part in a “major work of community theater” aimed at retelling the story of the Mayflower’s voyage to Massachusetts in part through the eyes of the Wampanoag people.
Theatre Royal Plymouth plans a piece that would include script and music and would ultimately be performed in the U.K. to commemorate 400 years since the creation of Plymouth Colony, according to a statement issued by the company.
On November 25, Nitana, Cameron, Wesley, Adeline, and Juliette welcomed their last member to the Greendeer family: Lila Rachael Hicks Greendeer!
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.