Letter from Chairman

Dear Tribal Community;
On the evening of Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Town of Mashpee Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting, our Tribe received a height variance unanimous vote approval from the Mashpee ZBA for the new Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community Government Center building. It was a long, thoughtful, professional and artful presentation by our team to the Mashpee ZBA. The ZBA vote was unanimous! We are victorious. We have to complete a few engineering components and submit, within the next 20 days and we are final. We will successfully have permits to commence construction of the new 43,000 square foot, $12.7 million USDA funded  Tribal Community Government building. We’ll have the final engineering components submitted by next week via our Civil Engineer Mark Dibb. Bid-packages for general contracting will commence mid-April, 2012.

I want to thank Tribal Council members that attended & involved with the project Treasurer Mark Harding along with Councilwoman Trish Kelliinui and tribal members that attended Yvonne Tobey, Daryl Frye Sr., John Peters Jr., Chef John Marcellino & wife, David Weeden, Jim Rossignol and David Green.

I want to thank our legal representation Brian Hurley for presenting last night along with Architect of Record Wayne Benson & Rich Desmeule, Civil Engineer Mark Dibb, Owners Project Manager John Racine, Development Officer Wanda Lord, Program Manager Louis Catarina Jr., and Mark Forest from the Delahunt Group. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was well represented. It was a team effort!

And last but certainly not least, I would like to thank the ZBA for their unanimous vote of support for the height variance approval.
Our MWT Community Government Center will be the HUB for our Tribal Nation in providing Tribal services, best in class programs & service delivery from departments, Tribal Governance, Tribal Court, Health Facility, gymnasium for youth athletics, elders lounge, fitness facility, meeting space, tribal archives, youth & community gatherings and convening together as a Nation. We are victorious!
Thank You for your continued support and involvement in progressing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation!

Regards,

Cedric Cromwell – Chairman & President
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Update on land in Taunton

Wuneekeesuq Nutawâm (Greetings to my Tribal Community),

I write to you today to inform you of another positive step toward our economic development goal of developing a destination resort casino in Taunton. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has acquired an option to purchase an additional 58 acres of land adjacent to the land in Taunton that we already have under agreement. This increases the land under option to approximately 135 acres, 93 of which are upland buildable acres.

We are making great progress in our plans to provide economic self-sufficiency for our Tribe, and to provide the best in constituent services for our Tribal nation. I will continue to inform you of our progress as we continue toward our goal.

As always, thank you for your attention, support and feedback as we move forward together.

Kutâputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Chairman, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Monday Office Closed : Tribal Nation and Tribal Government Honoring Tribal Elder Libby DeGrace's passing

We are closing the offices on Monday in recognition Tribal Elder’s passing Libby DeGrace’s passing as her buriel services and ceremony services are on Monday. Monday will be the day as a Tribal Nation and Tribal Government we will honor and embrace the passing of Tribal Elder Libby DeGrace.

Correction, there will be a tribal council meeting on Wednesday March 21st, 2012 starting at 6 pm.
Regards,

Cedric Cromwell – Chairman & President
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

 

Land In Trust Application Amended

Wuneekeesuq Nutawâm (Greetings to my Tribal Community),

I am pleased to report to you that yesterday, March 7, 2012, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe amended our application for land in trust with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to include the land we have optioned in Taunton for a destination resort casino. This is a major step in the progress of this economic development opportunity that will bring jobs and revenue to our Tribe, the City of Taunton, and all of Southeastern Massachusetts. With the addition of this additional information, the BIA will resume its review of our land in trust application from where it left off.

In addition, our land in trust application no longer includes land in Middleborough or Fall River, which reflects our economic development strategy to build a destination resort casino in Taunton. We are committed to a productive partnership between our Tribe and Taunton, and together we will make it happen!

I hope you will join me this Sunday at the Tribal General Body Meeting to learn more about this important milestone in the process of securing approval for our initial reservation.

Kutâputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Chairman, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Chairman's update, Land into trust

Wuneekeesuq Nutawâm (Greetings to my Tribal Community),

You may have read erroneous reports this morning claiming that our land in trust application has been rejected. This is simply not true.

As you know, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been processing our application for several years. The processing of the land-in-trust application was put on hold while we finalized the selection of a location for our destination resort casino. The land-in-trust application will be reactivated reflecting our current development plans in Taunton. At that point, the BIA will continue its review from where it left off.

This is a normal part of the land in trust process, and there is no penalty. We expect that the BIA will move to review our amended application, including new land in Taunton, as quickly as possible once the application is amended.

I look forward to speaking with you further about this issue at the Tribal General Body Meeting on Sunday.

Kutâputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

 

WIA department is recruiting Tribal members

Wuneekeesuq Nutawâm (Greetings to my Tribal Community),

The WIA department is recruiting Tribal members to become certified as Fiber Optics Technicians.

Fiber Optics is a technology that uses glass (or plastic) threads (fibers) to transmit data. A fiber optic cable consists of a bundle of glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting messages modulated onto light waves.

Fiber optics has several advantages over traditional metal communications lines:

  • Fiber optic cables have a much greater bandwidth than metal cables. This means that they can carry more data.
  • Fiber optic cables are less susceptible than metal cables to interference.
  • Fiber optic cables are much thinner and lighter than metal wires.
  • Data can be transmitted digitally (the natural form for computer data) rather than analogically.

The main disadvantage of fiber optics is that the cables are expensive to install. In addition, they are more fragile than wire and are difficult to splice.

Fiber optics is a particularly popular technology for local-area networks. In addition, telephone companies are steadily replacing traditional telephone lines with fiber optic cables. In the future, almost all communications will employ fiber optic cabling.

Cape Cod Community College in conjunction with the Fiber Optic Association is offering training courses to get certification to actually install and splice fiber optic cabling.  Check out their website – thefoa.org

OpenCape Corporation is constructing a comprehensive middle mile communications network to support the economic, educational, public safety and governmental needs of Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern MA.  What this means is that they will be installing fiber optic cable on telephone poles and in underground conduits for expanded broadband use and connectivity.  Check out their website at www.opencape.com.  OpenCape hired CapeNet as their construction contractor to actually build this infrastructure, and their subcontractors will be installing the fiber.  This is a great opportunity for Tribal citizens to get education and training in this fast growing field.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Yvonne Tobey, Director, Workforce Investment Act Department at 508 477 0208, ext. 226 (office), 774 238 1165 (text), or ytobey@mwtribe.com.

Kutâputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)