2014 Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Budget Q&A session – March 9th, 2014

Dear Tribal Community,

There will be a 2014 Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Budget Question and Answering session taking place at the 2nd Sunday of the month, March 9th, 2014 General Membership  at the Mashpee High-School Auditorium from 2 PM to 4 PM.

An updated MWT FY14 Proposed Budget will be available Monday March 3, 2014.  It can be picked up at the front desk at the Government Center, 483 Great Neck Rd. South, Mashpee MA.  There will be Q&A’s at the General Membership meeting March 9, 2014.

The Annual 2014 budget presentation and vote will take place March 30, 2014.

Updated 2014 Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Packet version has the following information:

  • Department details
  • Salaries
  • New position – Transportation Coordinator F/T
    • Salary – $23,600
    • Fringe – $6,042
  • Internal Program Audit
    • $100,000

Please share this information with Family and Tribal Members.


Cedric Cromwell

Qaqeemashq (Running Bear)

Tribal Monthly General Membership Meeting – February 23, 2014 @ Mashpee High School

Dear Tribal Community,

Please be aware that the February General Monthly meeting will be held on Sunday – February 23, 2014 at Mashpee High School Auditorium located at 500 Old Barnstable Road in Mashpee.

The meeting will begin at 2 p.m.



Cedric Cromwell

Qaqeemashq (Running Bear)


On Sunday, February 9th, four incumbent Tribal Council members were re-elected to their posts for a one-year term, with 513 Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal citizens turning out to vote on a day when temperatures dipped below freezing.

“I am proud of our Tribal members for turning out in such numbers to exercise their right to vote and affirm the sovereignty of our nation,” said Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cedric Cromwell.  “I thank all those who ran for office, congratulate the winners and welcome them back to the Council.  We will work together to move our Tribe forward toward economic independence and tribal self-determination, as well as to provide Tribal members with the best in education, jobs, housing, health care, elder services, youth services and more.”

Voter turnout set a record for a non-officer election.  Each Council Member elected will serve a one-year term beginning immediately.  The election was held to fill four Council seats.


ELECTION RESULTS – February 9, 2014

Marcy Hendricks – 127

Winona Pocknett – 200

Aaron Tobey Jr – 199

Winnie Johnson Graham (i) – 213

Yvonne Avant (i) – 215

Robyn Tobey Stamps – 197

Laverne Jackson – 155

Cheryl Frye-Cromwell (i) – 225

Carlton Hendricks Jr. (i) – 246

Write-In  Votes – 12


Dear Tribal Community,

Yesterday, February 3, 2014 our Tribal-State Compact took effect and was been officially posted to the Federal Register. Please read the press release below, sent out yesterday for the announcement.


(MASHPEE MA – February 3, 2014) – Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, announced that the Interior Department today made official the formal approval of the gaming compact between the Tribe and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“It’s now official. Today is a day of great significance for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe,” said Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell. “The Tribal State Compact was officially placed in the Federal Register today and will now take effect as federal law. This is another important step towards the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe bringing Project First Light destination resort Casino to the Great City of Taunton, creating much needed jobs, and a tremendous economic uplift for the people of Southeastern Massachusetts, City of Taunton and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.”

Chairman Cromwell also noted the significance of today’s development given all the other licensing activities underway in Massachusetts. “The Compact is effectively a license for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to provide Class III gaming at the gaming site in Taunton, Massachusetts, after Land Into Trust is completed by the U.S. Department of Interior. If the Tribal State Compact is breached in region C by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarding a Commercial license to another destination resort Casino, the Tribe will pay zero revenue to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If the Mass Gaming Commission does not award another Commercial Destination Resort Casino license in Region C, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will pay 17 percent gross gaming revenue to the Commonwealth.” Cromwell said.

The Tribe is still on an aggressive path in moving the proposed destination resort casino forward. Cromwell added “We look forward to putting shovels in the ground to commence construction and bringing a world class destination resort casino to Taunton, Massachusetts.”

For a copy of the notice of approval posted in today’s federal register, please click here.


Cedric Cromwell

Qaqeemashq (Running Bear)

Special Tribal Council Meeting Update – January 22, 2014

Dear Tribal Community.
This evening’s 1/22/14 scheduled 5:30 p.m. Special Tribal Council Meeting has been cancelled, due to Snow Storm Blizzard conditions.
Public safety is a priority.
The Special Tribal Council Meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, January 27, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Elder’s Department located in Madaket Place Unit  A/7.Thank you for your a attention and please continue to be safe during this hazardous weather event.

Tribal Council Meeting Cancellation – January 15, 2014

Dear Tribal Community ,

Due to the lack of a Tribal Council quorum, tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Tribal Council has been cancelled.

The next scheduled Tribal Council meeting is Wednesday, January 22, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The location will be at the Madaket Office/Unit A7.


Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemashq (Running Bear)

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!!


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!!!


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.


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!


Cedric Cromwell, Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)