Tribal/State Compact – Notice from Department of Interior

 

Dear Tribal Community,

On Wednesday, January 8th at  the meeting of the Tribal Council, I shared with Council and Tribal members in attendance the letter received from Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn. The letter, states in part, “We congratulate the Tribe and Commonwealth on working together to achieve this important agreement.”

With regard to the background of the Compact, the letter further states, “The Compact was entered into on March 19, 2013, on behalf of the Tribe by its Chairperson and Vice Chairperson and on behalf of the Commonwealth by its Governor. The Compact was subsequently approved by the Commonwealth’s legislature and signed into law by the Governor on November 15, 2013. The Compact governs the Tribe’s conduct of gaming on a proposed site within the Commonwealth (within or near the City of Taunton, Massachusetts). It authorizes the Tribe to operate certain games within a single facility on eligible lands pursuant to IGRA.”

The Tribal State Compact approval from the Department of Interior between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is an extremely exciting moment in our history.

Never before has there been a collaborative effort between a Tribe and a State, where the State designed its commercial gaming law while taking into account the Indian Gaming Regulatory Gaming Act, known as IGRA, by providing a Tribal provision.

This Compact is a result of such a partnership.

I commend our  team, led by Vice Chairwoman Jessie “little doe” Baird, our Tribal Council and our entire Tribal Community for the support you have provided through this process.

Once again, Congratulations as we continue the momentum and move forward…Together!!

Kutaputunumuw,

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemashq (Running Bear)

2014 New Year Greeting

Dear Tribal Community and Friends,

I want to wish you a Happy and Healthy prosperous New Year 2014.

The Year 2013 brought quite a bit of success for our Tribe with the construction of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Government & Community Center, the successful passage of the revised Tribal State Compact by the Massachusetts State House and Senate, along with its encouraging reception upon delivery to the Department of Interior.

We are very pleased with the great advancement on our Land Into Trust efforts after meeting a major milestone with the facilitation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Final Environmental Impact Study hearings which is a monumental step towards our Tribe receiving final approval of our Land Into Trust. Additionally, last summer the Mashpee Wampanoag Dental Clinic became the first Tribal Indian Health Dental Clinic to open in more than 30 years. And we continue to receive the expert delivery of Health Services to our people as well as road construction and much much more.

Again, We Keep Moving Forward Together and New Year 2014 will bring prosperity and more Forward Advancement to our Tribal Nation.

Please remember that No Weapon Formed Against Us Shall Prosper.

May the Creator Continue to Cover you & Your Families and Keep you safe!

Happy New Year 2014!!!

Kutaputunumuw,

Cedric Cromwell

Qaqeemashq (Running Bear)

Tribal Emergency Preparedness Advisory for January 2, 2014

Dear Tribal Community,

Please share this updated weather advisory from the Tribal Emergency Preparedness Department:

A significant winter storm will impact the state through today, Thursday January 2nd and into tomorrow. The hazards associated with this storm are snow, strong winds, cold temperatures and wind chills, and coastal flooding along the east coast of the state. Areas of snow will affect the region today with a few inches possible in spots, but the bulk of the precipitation will fall overnight and into Friday morning. A good 8-10” accumulations are likely in western Massachusetts and central Massachusetts. In eastern Massachusetts, a good swath of 10-14” are likely, especially in south eastern sections.

A blizzard warning has been posted for East Plymouth County and Barnstable County. Snow will get heavier, especially towards evening and white out conditions will be common in many parts of astern Massachusetts, but especially far South Eastern Massachusetts including the Cape Cod.

Winds of over 50mph are likely with some gusts to 60mph are possible.

Shelters on Cape Cod will decide to open if needed tomorrow morning.

For more information call 211 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.

Please keep in touch with family and friends throughout the storm.

Kutaputunumuw,

Cedric Cromwell

Qaqeemashq (Running Bear)

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!

Kutâputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell, Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

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)