New Look and Features for the Mittark in 2018
As you can see, the Mittark has a new look and feel for 2018. And the changes go well beyond the new masthead. We’ve now moved to a predominantly online publication with a condensed print version that directs readers to the website to read full articles, watch videos and browse image galleries on the news around the Tribe. It’s a different format that allows us to still provide needed news in print to each household in a cost effective and efficient manner while delivering an enhanced online publication with infinite space to expand on each article.
Greetings Tribal Family,
Let’s welcome the New Year with open arms and open minds. 2017 was a year that certainly tested our resolve along with our faith in the Creator and our connection to our homeland. But let’s remember that we as a people have persevered through much more and will once again press on to remain on our Tribal lands for many generations to come. I can promise you we will prevail in our fight to preserve our land, culture and heritage.
New Website Update and Potential Down Time
The transition of the current website to the new platform is moving along on schedule with a site launch in early February. The new pages are currently being populated with all of the current content. However, there is a gap between the end of the current web host contract on the current website, which expired at year end, and the February launch date of the new site. What this means is that there may be a period of time in January where the old site is down.
Explore Additional News in this month's Nashauonk Mittark
On December 27 the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $1 million award and state and federal tax credits to support the construction of Mashpee Wampanoag Village in Mashpee on land owned by the Wampanoag Tribe. The funding will catalyze a new affordable housing development, featuring 42 rental units, including 13 units reserved for very low-income families and individuals.
Thanks to a recent formal collaboration established between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Mashpee School District, we are pleased to share that an Action Plan has been established whose objective is “to advance the academic growth and social/emotional well-being of our Wampanoag students through an emphasis on culture based education principles and practices. All Mashpee educators and students will continue to learn about the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s history and culture, resulting in expanded cultural knowledge and awareness.”
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education Department, through support from the Building Pathways for Tribal Youth, have organized a week of educational workshops, fairs and a basketball tournament during February vacation. All of the events, workshops and activities are free and open to tribal youth in middle school, high school or are college age and will be held at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center.
Join Mukayuhsak Weekuw staff and families for classroom tours and pre-enrollment information Monday evening January 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Meet our teachers, learn about our Wôpanâak language classroom, Montessori education, teacher training, and our year-round early childhood language programs including a 180-day academic year (September – June) and our Baby Turtle summer program.
Jason Simon, retired professional hockey player of the NHL, is making a special visit to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to speak with tribal youth. Tribal youth ages 12 and over are invited to this motivational speech and hockey skills demonstration. The event will be held on Saturday, January 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center.
We are looking for aspiring performers from the Wampanoag community to take part in a major community theatre production in Plymouth, UK in 2020.
The production will tell the story of the voyage of the Mayflower and the first year in Plimoth through the eyes of those who came there from England and through the eyes of the Wampanoag Tribe. The script will be developed in collaboration with Wampanoag writers and researchers.
Mason Hendricks has been named on the 2017 Standard Times Offensive All Stars team roster. Mason Hendricks is a senior at Wareham High School. He has played football OL/DL consecutively for the last 11 seasons. (Beginning at age 7.) He believes, “Football is in my blood.” He is good with his technique, coming down the line hard. He has a strong performance at defensive tackle and is looking forward to playing at the college level next year. Mason is the son of Jody Santagate and Lawrence Hendricks of Wareham. The great grandson of Francis Hendricks and the grandson of the late Lawrence “Big Larry” Hendricks III.
Tribal high school students enrolled in this year's first ever Wôpanâak Pasuq (Wampanaog Language Level 1) World Language class at Mashpee High School conducted interviews on December 11th with WCAI's Morning Edition Senior News Producer and Mashpee TV Producer Talia Landry. Held during the daily class time in the Mashpee Public Schools' Indian Education room, instructor Melanie Roderick, parent Judi Urquhart, and superintendent Patricia DeBoer were also in attendance for the interviews. Watch for their upcoming news radio and Mashpee TV spots coming soon!
Starting in 2018 the Mashpee Wampanoag Housing Department will have a new program that it will be adding to its stable of housing assistance programs that it offers. The new Emergency Home Repair program, unlike many of the other programs that are targeting tribal citizens in search of housing, is geared towards homeowners in the Tribe’s service area.
Members of the Children's House teaching and nutrition team presented an hour and a half long storytelling workshop at the national Community Food Systems Conference held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in December. Focused on exploring the intersection of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture, and drawing hundreds of attendees, the event was keynoted by Winona LaDuke from the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota.
List of Committee and Board Seat Openings
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 Powwow Committee is looking for dedicated Tribal citizens to join the committee. Committee members are appointed for a two-year term and are integral in the planning and management of the annual Powwow. 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 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.
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