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August 2019 Mittark

Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project Receives Grants to Expand Immersion School

A 706 sq. ft. yurt is currently being constructed to serve as grades 1-4 classroom and gathering space. You can help support the new Wôpanâak language elementary school at  www.wlrp.org  by clicking “Donate”

A 706 sq. ft. yurt is currently being constructed to serve as grades 1-4 classroom and gathering space. You can help support the new Wôpanâak language elementary school at www.wlrp.org by clicking “Donate”

WLRP has been awarded a $299,519 Esther Martinez Initiative grant from the Administration for Native Americans for its proposal, "The Mukayuhsak Weekuw (Children's House) Expansion Project." Project funding, which started July 1st, will be followed by similar awards over the next two years as WLRP adds new school staff and grade levels to offer language immersion instruction from preschool through Grade 4 by the 2021-2022 academic year.

During the 2019-2020 school year, up to 30 students will attend preschool through Grade 2, with incoming federal funds supporting the training and hiring of a new full-time teacher assistant, as well as a part-time school wellness counselor, and a part-time Head of School, or principal. WLRP's current team identified these pressing needs during spring grant planning sessions, and with the support of its board of directors. In addition, nearly all Mukayuhsak Weekuw families have re-enrolled their children for the fall, with many expressing the desire for their students to stay at the tribally operated private school for future grade levels. Last year, Mukayuhsak Weekuw served 25 total students ages 2-7 in its preschool through first grade classrooms.       

 

Chairman's Column

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Wunee keesuq Tribal family,

As a tribal family, we share a special connection to our ancestral homeland. It’s a bond that cannot be broken. Last month we strengthened that bond between our people and our land at our annual homecoming. Our 98th Annual Powwow was by all accounts a tremendous success held right here on our ancestral homeland. We danced hard, connected with our culture, passed on traditions to our youth and enjoyed great food from our local chefs. It was a dose of good medicine that we all needed.

It’s good medicine that I’ve continued to carry with me even after the ceremonies ended. I’ve carried it with me as we continued the important work at our council table of protecting what is most sacred to our people, including the protection of our land.

 

Recall Hearing/Election Notice

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Election Committee extends NOTICE to all Enrolled Tribal Members who will turn 18 years of age on or before Sunday, September 15, 2019, that they are required to complete a Voter Registration form in order to vote at the Recall Election scheduled for Sunday, September 15, 2019 (the “Recall Election Day”) if not already registered to vote. A federal, State or Mashpee Tribal government-issued photo Identification card is required.

The Voter Registration form can be obtained at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Community & Government Center, located at 483 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee, MA 02649 during regular business hours. All enrolled and eligible Tribal members are allowed to register on or before the Recall Election Day.

The results of the Recall Election will be immediately announced after the votes are publicly hand counted by the Election Committee. The results will be posted at: (1) the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Community & Government Center, 483 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee, MA 02649; and (2) on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe official website by Monday, September 16, 2019.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Election Committee extends NOTICE that a Tribal Recall Election will be held.

 

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