Wuneekeesuq Nutawâm (Greetings to my Tribal Community),
This is a beautiful time for our people. I am so proud of our Tribe and the positive momentum we are displaying in all aspects of our Tribal life. We are pursuing our goals and making progress toward a very bright future for our Tribal family, and I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of our success. In particular, there have been a few very successful events for our Tribe recently that deserve recognition.
Our Annual Ball was a fantastic celebration with Tribal members coming together from near and far to celebrate our Wampanoag Women. A record amount of tickets were sold, as well as a record number of sponsored tables. I give thanks to our Ball Committee for producing such a special event. We should all be proud of their work for our Tribe. The Ball Committee includes Suzette Spinola – Chairwoman, Winona Pocknett, Kristine Foster, Marita Scott, Diane Johnson, Barbara Jonas, Keisha Peters, Rebecca Oakley, Bobby Foster, and Council Liaison Trish Keliinui.
I would also like to thank the sponsors of this year’s ball, including:
Delahunt Group; RGB Architects; Dino’s Pizza & Subs; Narragansett Tribe; Smith, Segel, Ruddock & Hayes; Laborers’ Local Union No. 876; Robert A. White Associates; Roche Bros.; Todd & Weld; Stephen Burr/Epsilon/JCJ Business Corp.; Arkana Ltd.; Lord & Associates; Coleman Indian Law; Union Gaming Analytics; Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster; Akerman Senterfitt; Bank of America; United South Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET); Blackhound Inc.; Strategic Quality Solutions; CH Newton; Mashpee Enterprise; Puritan Clothing of Cape Cod; Heald Hoffmeister & Co.; Lawrence Lynch; The Pacific Northwest Wampanoags; Tilden, McCoy & Dilweg, LLP; and Valiant Security.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Intertribal Social on March 24th was also a great success, with a turnout of over 300 Tribal members. We all enjoyed the great drumming by Eastern Suns, Red Hawk Drummers and Singers and Mystic River. The social was about honoring our loved ones who have passed. Many Tribal members brought pictures of their family members who have passed on. Also, we honored the many newborns that have come into the Tribe. We welcome and support these new, youngest members of our Tribal family.
A few weeks ago, over 50 Elders travelled to Aqueduct Casino in New York City. The Elders had an opportunity to tour the facility, learn about the business model and how the casino is run. The tour showed how successful our current investment groups is with managing and developing world-class resort casinos. Aqueduct Casino building, flat service parking and parking garage all sits on 68 acres and was amazing to see the size of the facility and the acreage it sits on. I would like to thank all the Elders who made the trip to New York to educate themselves about our economic development future. I would also like to thank the Arkana representatives who personally greeted our Tribal Elders and ensured that their visit was positive and informative.
These events are just some of the examples of how our Tribe is coming together to celebrate, comfort one another, learn, and build toward our very bright future. I thank everyone for your involvement from the bottom of my heart. You honor yourselves and your Tribe with your participation and commitment.
Please continue this excellent level of participation by joining us for the May 5th New Year celebration at the Old Indian Meeting House starting at 11 am. Come one and come all to celebrate the Mashpee Wampanoag New Year. There will be a lot of food, drumming, singing, socializing and ceremony!
Cedric Cromwell Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)