Cedric Cromwell, Chairman
Wuneekeesuq Numusees kah Neechayak
(Good Day my Sisters and Brothers)
My commitment to tribal well-being, my personal sense of integrity and my years of working in the financial markets all combined will make me a strong leader, one who will be fully accountable for all decisions regarding tribal governance.
At the heart of my sense of leadership is the core principle of integrity and honesty which has guided my compass throughout my life.
Here are some of my accomplishments:
- Over a decade of corporate experience working at Fidelity Investments, Boston's number one Mutual Fund financial service company. Recently served in dual roles as both Director of Project Management and Business Portfolio Director. In these roles, managed a multi-million dollar Retirement Services Technology Development Portfolio.
- Hold a Bachelors degree in Management & Community Planning from UMass, an Associates degree in Computer Information Systems, and am working towards earning an MBA.
- Member of the Tribal Council for over eight consecutive years.
- Understand the needs of our people and encourage participation from all tribal members.
- Have provided honest leadership that respects the Constitution and all tribal members.
- Seek to preserve and promote our culture and traditions.
- Am a proven leader, adept at utilizing a combination of technology, finance, operations, and management consulting experience.
- Have over fifteen years of proven experience in driving change through global programs that deliver productivity, growth and efficiencies while minimizing costs.
- Possess global experience managing teams, client relationships, and key business partners in a number of critical business and technology initiatives.
- Responsible for the design, implementation and management of a Mass General Hospital universal billing 92 system.
- Raised in the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal community with deep roots in tribal traditions and culture, and an active member of the Eastern Sons Drummers & Singers participating in Native socials and powwows throughout the region.
jessie little doe baird, Vice-Chairwoman
jessie little doe baird is a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and a member of the Wampanoag Women’s Medicine Society. She is the mother of five children aged 8 to 30 years old and she lives in Mashpee and in Aquinnah, MA with her husband Jason Baird of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and their youngest child.
jessie is the Co-founder of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project which began in 1993/94. This is an intertribal effort between the Mashpee, Herring Pond, Aquinnah, and Assonet Wampanoag communities. The aim of the project is to reclaim Wôpanâôt8âôk as a spoken language. There were no speakers of the language for six generations. She also teaches Wôpanâôt8âôk.
little doe received her Master of Science in Linguistics from MIT in 2000. She has written an introduction to the grammar of the language and is currently expanding this sketch toward a complete grammar. jessie has created the first curriculum for teaching the language and is currently working with Professor Norvin Richards toward the completion of a dictionary that holds over 11,000 words.
jessie is the current Director for ‘Pâhshaneekamuq’, a public charter immersion school planning project with a staff of nine funded by the Administration for Native Americans. jessie little doe is a former National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages Fellow, a member of the American Antiquarian Society and a 2010 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award Fellow.
little doe served one term on the Mashpee Housing Authority as a commissioner and on the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council Board of Directors. Until recently announcing her candidacy for Vice Chairperson of the Mashpee Wamapanoag Tribe, she served on the Enrollment Committee for the tribe.
jessie has also served in an advisory capacity for past and current Wampanoag cultural projects for various organizations and film productions. She lectures for colleges and universities and advises tribal communities and governments in the area of language project policy and curriculum development. Other of her passions are Wampanoag history and cooking, fishing, and traditional regalia craft and dance.
Robert Hendricks, Treasurer
Marie Stone, Secretary
Daughter of Carol and Cuddy Lopez, I'm the third child of seven. A single parent of Donna Devine, I have 2 grandchildren Troy 10 and Jada 1. At 19 years old I began my professional training at the Xerox International Center for Training and Management Development Institute in Leesburg Virginia. Beginning in 1978 my career with Xerox spanned 25 years covering various experiences from Marketing Manager, Sales Rep. Customer Education and Quality Specialist to name a few. I've facilitated numerous problem solving teams developing business solutions with a focus on organizational effectiveness, customer/employee relations, and quality management. During this time I attended Northeastern University and U. Mass Boston where I've since returned to complete my work in Human Resource Management. More recently I've worked at Verizon FIOS and Verizon Wireless negotiating consumer and small business contracts.
A member of our Wampanoag Tribal Council during the mid eighties, I continue to serve our tribe as a member on our education committee. Privately I provide marketing consultation for IBOs and non-profits under Algonquin Consulting & Design, a small graphic arts company I began in 1995. My vision is an organization that we can all be proud of. One that treats its members with dignity & respect, one that upholds & honors our elders, our ancestors and our traditional Indian ways, and one that puts education as a top priority. I envision the day when we no longer see ourselves dependent on casino per capita hand-outs to define us and our economic progress, but rather define ourselves as stakeholders & shareholders of our Mashpee tribe and other economic achievements, instead of being owned by and indebted to investors and lawyers. It starts with a vision. Let's change our mindset and view, elevate respect for one another and the world around us will follow. Our Creator has given us the inherent moral right to prosper, and we need to expect more from ourselves than from others. Experienced leadership will set the pace and precedent in our next administration, for our kids, and future generations to "Expect the Best and Accept no Less." We have an inherent Right!
Yvonne Frye Avant, Tribal Council Member
Yvonne is the longest standing Council member with 18 years committed to the leadership of the Tribe. She has also spent 4 years as a Commissioner with the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs. Taking a 4 year break to represent the Tribe as a Commissioner, Yvonne was honored to do so but said she missed the more intimate, day to day, Tribal relationship she had as a Councilmember, thus ran for office and sat on Council again. Yvonne also brings to the Council a BA in Management from U-Mass Boston and many years of working with Tribal programs. She spent several years with the Mashpee Indian Education Program in its early years and 6 years working with the Boston Indian Council, now known as NAICOB (Native American Center of Boston) as their Employment and Training Coordinator. At that time she also filled in as weekend counselor at the Tecumseh House, an Alcoholic Rehabilitation Home for Native Americans.
Cheryl Frye-Cromwell, Tribal Council Member
As a Tribal Government Representative, Tribal Health Liaison and an active Tribal Education Committee member Cheryl is dedicated and committed to contributing positive and productive energy to her people and their future. Since Mashpee’s Federal Recognition in 2007, Cheryl has been working on behalf of the tribe as the Tribal a liaison to the Indian Health Service and other federal, state and local agencies to build the capacity and resources for health care services for the tribe. Cheryl works diligently as a team with the Health Director, Health Advisory Committee, Indian Health Service and other federal, state and local agencies as well as a member of the USET -United South and Eastern Tribe and NCAI- National Congress of American Indian Organizations. Cheryl is the project manager of a newly funded SAMSHA grant that provides resources for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment for her tribal members and coordinates the Harvard Medical Native American High School Summer program at Harvard Medical School. As a Tribal Education Committee member for the past 10 years, Cheryl has works closely and diligently with the committee in developing the tribe’s first Tribal Education Department. Cheryl collaborates with educational institutions to provide opportunities for higher learning and trainings to promote self-esteem and employment sustainability. Cheryl has been recently appointed to the DSTAC to represent the Nashville Area Direct Service tribes and is very instrumental in implementing health care services to her tribal members by opening their first Direct Service Tribes Health Clinic.
Winnie Johnson Graham, Tribal Council Member
Charles "Bobby" Foster, Tribal Council Member
Carlton Hendricks, Tribal Council Member
Winona Pocknett, Tribal Council Member
Robert Dias, Tribal Council Member
Traditional leaders of the Tribe
Chief Silent Drum
Medicine Man Soaring Eagle