September 2018 Mittark
Vice Chair Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Vice Chairwoman Jessie “Little Doe” Baird testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Wednesday, August 22 about the tribe’s effort to revive its native language, saying the linguistic work is critically tied to the tribe keeping its reservation.
“Having a reservation helped us open our own school,” Baird told the committee. “Here Wampanoag children attend a tribally run preschool and kindergarten, where they are taught in our language. It would be nearly impossible on an off-reservation public school to exercise this level of sovereignty.”
Baird’s testimony comes as the tribe awaits a decision from the U.S. Department of Interior on the status of its 321 acres of reservation land in Mashpee and Taunton.
Greetings Tribal Family,
A new season is knocking on the door. It’s hard to believe fall is just a few weeks away. We had a great summer – brought our powwow back to tribal grounds, secured the resources for our housing development, and moved forward with important legislation to forever protect our land – and I’m confident fall will be several more months of positive momentum for the Wampanoag Nation.
We’ve been working tirelessly with local, state and federal legislators to keep the issues important to our people top of mind. We will not rest until we have secured our tribe, our culture and land for the next seven generations.
Mashpee Tribal Leaders Hopeful Reservation will be Affirmed by Interior Department
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal leaders are hopeful a formal decision by the U.S. Department of Interior on the review of the tribe’s Land-in-Trust status will be announced by September 21, 2018.
After a decades-long quest to establish a reservation, in September 2015, the Interior Department took 321 acres of tribal land in Mashpee and Taunton to be held in trust by the federal government as an initial reservation for the historic tribe. A subsequent lawsuit challenging the Department's legal reasoning in establishing the reservation prompted a federal district court judge to remand the case back to the Interior Department to determine if the Tribe qualified to have land held in trust under a different legal category.
Tribal attorneys have been notified by Interior Department officials that the review to determine whether the Tribe submitted sufficient evidence to establish proof of being under federal jurisdiction prior to the 1934 as defined by the Indian Regulatory Act is near completion. Interior Department officials indicated they would inform the Tribe of the conclusion of that review by September 21.
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Tribal Citizens along with family and friends from the community are invited to attend the 9th Annual Native American Thanks Giving on Saturday, November 17. The annual event, which is coordinated by the Old Indian Meeting House Committee, will open at 11:00 a.m. at the Old Indian Meeting House with an opening ceremony and prayer.
Over nine years ago Tribal Citizen Stanley Dutra wanted to find a way to formally remember, celebrate and honor our family and friends that have passed on to the spirit world. With that purpose Ancestor’s Day was created. Nine years later our Old Indian Meeting House Committee is pleased to continue this annual event and will be hosting the 9th Annual Ancestor’s Day on Saturday, September 22.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Employment and Training Department is accepting new client applications for an exciting Work Experience opportunity. The opportunity will provide the participant with valuable on the job office support skills. The program requires a minimum of 20 hours per week and a stipend will be provided. For more information, please call Marnell Cash at (508) 477-0208 ext. 161.
On Saturday, September 22 all Wampanoag people, including the Mashpee, Aquinnah and Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribes will come together with friends from the community at the 19th Annual Wampanoag Day Celebration at the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum in Bourne. The event will kick off at 11 AM and is open to the public.
There are currently several career opportunities at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. At the time of publication, open positions at the Tribe included the following:
If you are not a patient of Indian Health Services and you are turning 65 or have parents who are turning 65, you/they will need to sign up for all parts of Medicare, including Prescription Coverage. The Medicare Outreach Worker in the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Health Services Department will be on site at the weekly Lunch and Learn Program every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help. You may also contact the Tribal Health Department at (508) 477-0208 ext 166 to schedule an appointment.
Our Medicare Outreach Counselor April Dugas, will be returning to our weekly Title VI “Lunch and Learn” in September of 2018, providing free Medicare Counseling. April can help you understand your plan’s changes, screen you for assistance programs, discuss other questions or concerns that you have about Medicare and help to prepare you for Medicare’s OPEN ENROLLMENT starting October 15 through December 7 2018. Please see April Dugas every Thursday starting in September 2018 at our weekly Lunch and Learn from 10am to 2pm or call Tribal Health at (508) 477-0208 x166 to schedule an appointment.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education Department began accepting applications on July 15 for academic scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. Tribal members enrolled in one or more accredited courses for the upcoming semester may apply. All students are eligible to receive $500 per course or up to $2,000 for full time students with 12 credits or more.
With over $250,000 in AmeriCorps grant funding that was awarded to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Management Department for the 2018 fiscal year, Tribal Citizens ages 18-24 can now get to work on meaningful projects across the country. This award has established the first ever Tribal AmeriCorps disaster services program on the Eastern half of the United States.
Notice of a recent email/scam alert. The email is informing you a timely security report for your American Express card. They state they had a problem validating your profile. In view of this “Cardmember information need to be requested and your mandatory effort is required.”
Toward the latter part of the month of July, Director of Emergency Management at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Nelson Andrews accepted an invitational request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to meet with Assistant Secretary of DHS John Hill and Deputy Assistant Secretary Alaina Clark in Oklahoma City. At this meeting he was joined with a selected group of other emergency managers from across various regions and organizations within Indian Country. During the meeting the group had valuable discussions with DHS regarding various issues that impact the preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts across Tribal jurisdictions.
On Wednesday, August 22 the Mashpee School Committee adopted a 2018-2019 school year calendar that acknowledges Indigenous People day in place of Columbus Day.
On Wednesday, August 22 the Mashpee Public School District Employee Orientation included a tour of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe facilities and education programs. The visit to tribal lands was included in this year’s tour as a way to provide the Mashpee Public School staff with a more comprehensive view of the resources that are in our community.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Health and Human Services Department will be sponsoring a free Narcan Training for community members on Wednesday, September 12. The overdose prevention and reversal program will be held at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All Elders in Need of assistance or information please contact Joanne Frye, Director of Elders Department, at (508) 477-0208 Ext.140.
Tribal Members turning 55 should contact the elders department so that they can set you up in their elders database and keep you informed of all elders events and programs.
Elders 55+ meet every First Saturday of the month at the Community/Gov’t Center. Meeting starts at 11:00 a.m., please sign up with the Elders Department with all contact information and to receive cancellation notices.
Chapter 1, Section 1 includes Findings which declare separate branches (Legislative and Judicial) of government that exercise the powers vested in them and have no authority over the other branch except as may be granted by the Constitution. Various articles of the Constitution are cited that promote government authority for the Legislative and Judicial Branches of government. It reminds us that cases pending in Tribal Court are handled by the Judiciary and not Tribal Council.
At the 2018 National United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference this summer, the executive committee selected Brian “Moskwetah” Weeden to once again serve as their Male advisor to this year’s NUC Executive Committee. This is Brian’s second term as Male advisor.
Congratulations to David Weeden the Mashpee Wampanoag Family Dental Clinic July Incentive Prize Winner. Each month one lucky patient of the clinic is chosen at random as the winner and is able to select a prize. Prizes include items such as an electric toothbrush, a water pick or a dental care package.
Philip Cash recently completed a Marine Protected Species Observer (PSO) course. Completion of the course earned Philip a Marine PSO Consulting Certification. Philip was the only tribal member to participate in the program. The Tribal Historic Preservation Department hopes that additional Tribal citizens will consider taking advantage of future training opportunities.
Mason Hendricks graduated from Wareham high school on June 8th. He is the first grandchild of (the late) Lawrence E. Hendricks III to graduate High school. He is the son of Jody Santagate and Lawrence M. Hendricks of Wareham. He is the great grandson of, Francis Cash Hendricks. Mason will attend BCC in the fall, concentrating on his associates degree in Sociology.
List of Committee and Board Seat Openings
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe currently has open seats, including three (3) 2 year terms and one (1) 3 year term on its Enrollment Committee. One of the most important responsibilities of the Enrollment Committee is to review enrollment applications. Please visit the Tribal website at https://mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov/enrollment to review the Enrollment Ordinance.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is looking for tribal members to serve on the Land Planning and Use Committee. This committee’s duties will consist of land use planning and land acquisition recommendations. The committee will consist of nine tribal members who will serve in two-year staggered terms. If you are interested in serving on the Land Planning and Use Committee, please send a letter of interest along with your resume/CV to Francie Dottin, executive administrative assistant to the chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.