Alice Lopez Statue Unveiling on May 5

Alice Lopez Statue Unveiling on May 5

The Alice May Lopez Statue Fund Committee have realized its goal. On May 5 they will unveil a statue in memory of Alice who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 49 in 2011. Alice was the founder and first director of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Housing Department. The Committee will hold a ceremony in the lobby of the Community and Government Center with a potluck social in the Gymnasium following the ceremony.

Mashpee Wampanoag Conduct Housing Lottery for “First Light Wampanoag Homes Development”

During the Tribe’s monthly General Membership meeting on Sunday, April 14 an historic and undoubtedly emotional moment took place for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Community.

Tribal members learned who had been selected by lottery to live in the First Light Wampanoag Homes Development located on Meetinghouse Road in Mashpee.

The historic event capped several weeks of housing related events.

On March 30, an Honorary Partnership Ceremony took place at the site where the 42 unit housing structures will soon be constructed. Sight preparation has been underway since February.

Our Children Need You! Foster an ICWA Child

 ICWA is currently seeking foster parents. Do you have room in your heart to pro- vide a Native American foster home for our future generations? Our Native children of all ages, from infancy to teens that are being removed from their families at an alarming rate by the State. Department of Children and Families (DCF) and some are being placed in non-native homes.

David Weeden Seeks Reelection on Town Planning Board

The Mashpee town election is set for Tuesday, May 21 and incumbents are being challenged for seats on the board of selectman, planning board, school committee and the board of water commissioners. Tribal member David Weeden is seeking reelection on the Mashpee Planning Board, where he has been a consistent voice for conservation, is being challenged by John Phelan and Joseph Callahan. Please mark your calendar and vote on May 21.

The Mashpee Parsonage “Attaquin House”

The town of Mashpee has a rich history dating back to 1870 when the town was first incorporated. There are many family names that have died off while many remain, all of which are extremely important to the story of Mashpee’s past. One of the names less familiar would be the Attaquin family; often associated with the community garden area, where the Hotel Attaquin once stood or when referring to Mashpee Pond’s popular Attaquin Park. This and other families were very prominent in the community and were critical to the success of the Town.

Will Mashpee Adopt a New Town Seal?

A petition article at the May town meeting in Mashpee will request reconceptualization of the town seal, which is now a replica of the state seal depicting a Native American below a sword, ad is a “reminder of the genocide and history between the Commonwealth and the indigenous inhabitants.” If approved, the town’s historical commission would be tasked with a new seal design.

Prevention, Awareness and Wellness Celebration Continues in May

The Indian Child Welfare Department, in collaboration with the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Health Services Unit, the Department of Public Health, and tribal departments kicked off a month-long series of community focused events in April and continue through May 16.  The series titled “A 2019 Prevention, Awareness and Wellness Celebration” includes several events with a shared theme of “Healthy Minds to Protect Our Children and Maintain Tribal Connections.”

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

The Building Pathways for Tribal Youth in partnership with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education Department are pleased announce they will be hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Friday, May 17. The tournament will be held at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.