Dear Tribal Community,
Thank you! A heartfelt thank you to everyone who made one of the most wonderful days for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe possible!
On Thursday, we were honored to welcome Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for a celebration of our groundbreaking Tribal-State Compact, the unique partnership between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the bright future we are creating with job opportunities, economic development and revenue for our Tribe and our neighbors in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Our Tribal community really came together to make our traditional clambake and celebration a huge success. Thank you to the Tribal Council, Elders Council, Elders Committee, Natural Resource Commission, Youth Tribal Council, Clan Mothers, Eastern Suns, the Elders Judiciary Committee and many others for your support, assistance, and spirit of cooperation. Thank you also to Chief Vernon Silent Drum Lopez, Medicine Man Ear Soaring Eagle Cash, Princess Keturah Peters, jessie little doe and the Summer Turtles Language Campers, Elders Council Chairman Bill Pocknett, and the Lopez Family for their participation in a joyful ceremony.
It was so good to see our family working together and all pitching in to create such a beautiful event. I know the Governor was touched by his visit, and we were really able to show him the pride, the emphasis on family, and the strong community we have here in Mashpee. Please view more photos of our Day of Celebration with Governor Deval Patrick here.
Later in the day, our Elders helped start a new chapter in our Tribe’s history by breaking ground for our Government and Community Center. The new Government and Community Center will provide space for community gatherings, elder activities, youth activities, sports/wellness programs, among many other services for many decades to come. This first-of-its-kind project for the Tribe provides a place and a way for the Tribe to continue to expand the services it offers, benefitting tribal members, American Indian/Alaska Natives and its neighbors in southeastern Massachusetts. The groundbreaking was a celebration of how far we have come and our great plans for the future, and I thank our Elders for leading us in the groundbreaking ceremony. You can view photos of the groundbreaking here.
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)