2013 Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Operations Budget Meeting

June 10th, 2013

Dear Tribal Member:

After many hours of review and re-review we have the final draft of our 2nd Annual FY2013 Tribal Operations Budget. We have enclosed a copy of the budget for your review.

This comprehensive budget will be presented at a special budget meeting on June 15, 2013, at the Mashpee High School auditorium 500 Old Barnstable Rd, Mashpee, MA 02649, from 2 pm to 4 pm. Following the Q&A period, a vote to accept/reject the budget will be taken.

It will be your responsibility as a Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal member to review this budget prior to the meeting and if you have any questions, please bring those questions to the June 15th meeting to be answered by the Tribal Council Treasurer, Robbie Hendricks and the Tribal Council.

We look forward to working with you on the final draft of this budget to make it a final budget to be implemented by the MWT Finance Department.

Kutaputunumuw,

Chairman Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Dear Tribal Community,

Wampanoag Tribal Member to be Honored by Mashpee High School – Selected to Address 2013 Graduates and Guests on Saturday, June 8

Douglas Pocknett To Offer Prayer In Native Wôpanàak Language

(Mashpee, MA – June 7, 2013) – On Saturday, June 8, Douglas Pocknett, Jr. – Wampanoag Tribal Member and graduating senior at Mashpee High School – will deliver the graduation prayer in his Tribe’s native language.

Pocknett, who has been studying the language of his ancestors, was selected for this honor by Mashpee HS Principal Jane Day. Pocknett is the first student at Mashpee High School to earn his foreign language credits by demonstrating proficiency in Wôpanàak.

Graduation will be especially meaningful to Pocknett, who will wear traditional Wampanoag regalia at commencement ceremonies. Only the second member of the Tribe to do so, Douglas Pocknett follows in the footsteps of Cheenuika Pocknett, who wore the traditional regalia during graduation ceremonies in 2003.

“Graduating high school is a big part of my life,” said Pocknett. “I wanted to walk in my traditional clothing. I would be only the second Pocknett to do so.”

An interest in the Wampanoag heritage and traditions comes naturally to Pockett, who is the son of Allyson and Douglas Pocknett Senior, and the grandson of Tribal elder Bernadine (Hendricks) Pocknett and the late Chief Vernon “Sly Fox” Pocknett, Senior.

“I am very proud of Doug Pocknett. He is a strong and vibrant young Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal teen and he represents our future leadership,” said Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. “May the Creator cover him and bless him on his journey towards greatness!”

Mashpee High School graduation ceremonies take place at the school on Saturday, June 8 at 10 am.

Kutaputunumuw,

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Public Safety Commission

Dear Tribal Community,

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013 the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council passed 2013-RES-021 “Establishment of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Public Safety Commission”.

In part, the “Commission” will serve as an advisory body to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council and Mashpee Wampanoag Gaming Authority with the purpose of protecting the members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal community, general public and Tribal assets.

The Commission will be responsible for, but not limited to gathering information and making recommendations regarding: Police, Fire, Emergency Medical, Emergency Preparedness and general security matters at the Tribal, Federal (Bureau of Indian Affairs) and State level.

Additionally, the Commission shall conduct a comprehensive review of required law enforcement and fire needs of the Tribe and assess current available resources of area agencies, including Mashpee Police/Fire, Taunton Police/Fire, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, Massachusetts State Police, New Bedford Police as well as any surrounding municipality geographically located near Tribal properties.

The Tribal Council is seeking interested enrolled Tribal members over the age of twenty-one (21) years of age that will serve as Commissioners for staggered term lengths of three (3) years initially.

The Commission will consist of 3 to 5 members.

Please submit letters of interest to Executive Administrator Francie Dottin at fdottin@mwtribe.com in order to be considered for appointment to this Commission by the Tribal Council. Please call Francie with any additional questions at 508-539-1026.

Kutaputunumuw,

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Memorial Day 2013

Dear Tribal Community,

As we prepare to observe Memorial Day tomorrow, a day on which we close our offices, go to parades, and perhaps celebrate with cookouts with our family and friends, I want to take a moment to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

On Memorial Day we honor those who sacrificed everything to keep the United States safe. From the birth of the United States – the American Revolution – through the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other conflicts, Mashpee Wampanoag men and women have fought on behalf of the United States of America. Too many paid the ultimate price.

So, let us take a moment to thank them, to honor their memories, and to remember the families they left behind. May the Creator offer their families comfort and protect those who still serve.
Kutaputunumuw,
Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Our Tribe on WGBH’s Greater Boston

Dear Tribal Community,

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to appear on Greater Boston, a television news program on WGBH. We spoke about the amazing progress our Tribe has made on our plans for a destination resort casino in Taunton, including the exciting new design, the recent hearing on our Tribal-State Compact, and the road ahead as we continue to move forward on bringing good jobs and economic development to our Tribe, Taunton, and the entire Southeastern Massachusetts region.

Please click here to watch the video.

Kutaputunumuw,

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Happy Mother’s Day

Dear Tribal Community,

I wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the strong Mashpee Wampanoag women who are mothers, grandmothers, or in some other way nurture our Youth and our community.

Due to the Mother’s Day holiday, the May General Membership meeting will be held on Sunday May 19th. There will be no membership meeting tomorrow.

Kutaputunumuw,

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Town Meeting Tonight

Dear Tribal Community,

The Town of Mashpee will conduct its Annual Town Meeting beginning tonight at 7:00 pm at Mashpee High School. While these town meetings are always important because many decisions are made that affect our Tribe and residents of the town, tonight there is an issue of particular importance.

Last year, an attempt was made to sell off a number of town-owned lots that were taken for back taxes. This year, Article 21 asks Town Meeting to approve a measure to put these lots into the care and custody of the Conservation Commission for preservation, thereby removing the threat that they will be sold for development. The lots are all over town from Lovell’s Lane, to Meetinghouse Road, to Shoe String Bay to South Mashpee. We need to drive the message home that any lots now owned by the town should not be sold for any reason.

We as citizens of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe know all too well what happens when land is taken for back taxes and sold off for development. I urge you and your family to attend Town Meeting tonight, listen respectfully to all arguments, and make your own voice heard. I think you will agree that Article 21, which protects the land from sale and development, is a good decision for the Town of Mashpee and its citizens as well as the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and our citizens.

Kutaputunumuw,
Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Temporary Job Opportunity: Quahog Relay

Dear Tribal Community,

The Town of Barnstable will be conducting the Centerville River Contaminated Quahog Relay this year.

Please see the attached notice here for dates and times.

For those not familiar with the project, the town is contracting people to harvest contaminated quahogs out of designated portions of the Centerville River and East Bay. You will be required to fill out a contract and w-9 for payment. Contractors will be paid $40 per full orange tote basket as determined by Natural Resources staff. The town provides a boat ride from the Dowse’s Beach parking lot to the digging area. All digging must be done under the supervision of Natural Resources staff, and all harvested quahogs turned over. Payments are processed at the end of the relay (Mid to late June). You must provide your own shellfish rake and waders. The town will have available tote baskets and a limited number of floats.

Please email or call Yvonne Tobey @ 508-477-0208 or Marcus Hendricks @ 774-527-8489 with any questions.

Kutaputunumuw,
Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Update – Project First Light

Dear Tribal Community,

The Gaming Commission’s decision on Thursday to open the Southeastern Massachusetts region to commercial bids paves the way for the possibility of a fourth casino in the state and two in Southeastern Massachusetts. This not only ignores our federal rights and the progress we have made, but also undermines the Governor and legislature and jeopardizes projects in every region.

We will not be deterred from building our destination resort casino in Taunton, and if the Gaming Commission licenses a commercial casino in the region, we will operate our facility without paying any revenue to the state.

Over the last 400 years, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has experienced a long succession of broken promises by the government. We believe, however, that we have found trusted partners in Governor Patrick and the legislature, as shown in their decision to work with us to ensure hundreds of millions of dollars for Massachusetts while respecting our rights as a federally recognized tribe. Despite the Commission’s misguided decision, we will continue to move forward in partnership with the Governor and the legislature to build our destination resort casino in Taunton.

Our Tribal-State Compact is now before the Massachusetts legislature for their review. Upon its approval, the Compact will then be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for approval, a process that takes up to 45 days.

We have not wavered from our focus of preparing to build our destination resort casino in Taunton. With the support of one of the most successful gaming companies in the world, we are continuing the planning and design process toward building a first class facility.

And, most importantly, our application for land in trust continues to progress rapidly through the review process. As soon as our land is placed in trust, we are prepared to break ground, creating thousands of good jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits for our Tribe, the City of Taunton, and our neighbors.

We will redouble our efforts to ensure legislative support and timely action by the BIA.

I look forward to discussing these issues and our plans to move forward and be successful with Tribal Council and with Tribal citizens. I have scheduled a Special Tribal Council meeting on Wednesday April 24th, 2013 to discuss these issues and our plans to move forward and be successful with Tribal Council and with Tribal citizens.

Kutaputunumuw,

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Our Heartfelt Sympathies

Dear Tribal Community,

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe extends its heartfelt sympathies to all those affected by yesterday’s senseless act of violence at the Boston Marathon.

At this time of great sadness and confusion, our kids may naturally have questions. It is often difficult to know how to comfort them, make them feel safe, and answer their questions honestly but with an appropriate level of detail.

Please click here to see advice from the National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk to children about violence.

May the Creator offer comfort to all those who are suffering. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stands with you.

Kutaputunumuw,

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)