Dear Tribal Family,
As the seasons change once again, I am reminded of the positive changes we are going through as a strong tribal nation. We are persevering and progressing at a rapid speed and making history in the process.
The Community and Government Center construction is right on schedule and near completion thanks to the hard work and dedication of our construction team and tribal members. This facility will become home to our tribal offices and court system. It will be a place for tribal members to gather, get services and come to work. The progress of the Center has been amazing to watch, as we have been able to see an idea become reality each day.
Another important construction project began this month as well; the groundbreaking ceremony for the first ever Mashpee Wampanoag tribal housing development took place. The housing development will consist of 50 to 55 housing units and a community center and will be built on 23 acres off of Meetinghouse Road. The ceremony was held in honor of my friend, the late Alice Lopez, who dedicated her time and leadership to the Housing department and housing development project. She led the way on this development and we honor her memory through this project.
In addition to the progress of our tribal operations, we are also moving forward with our gaming venture as well. The compact between our Tribe and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is moving through the legislature. The Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies voted to approve our compact and move it forward toward a vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate and then eventually toward a signing by Governor Patrick. This is just one step closer toward our goal of the destination resort casino in Taunton.
As I stated before, we are advancing quickly as a strong tribal nation and making history in the process. While these progressions are important, it is also important to remember our health in the process. I have learned this month, to work hard but take time to rest as well. Remember to exercise and eat nutritious foods, as these are the keys to healthy living. You can only continue to move forward with a healthy mind, body and soul!
Cedric Cromwell, Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)