Benefit Dance for Pastor Frye

Dear Tribal Community,
Please join me for a very important event to benefit Pastor Curtis Frye, Jr. As you may know, Pastor Frye has suffered from extensive medical issues that have placed enormous stress on Pastor Frye and his family.

Pastor Frye has been a cornerstone of spiritual support, leadership and fellowship for our Tribal community through the Mashpee Baptist Church and various Tribal ceremonies at the Old Indian Meeting House. I respectfully ask that you join me in supporting him in his time of need.

Pastor Curtis Frye, Jr. Benefit Dance

Onset VFW

Saturday, December 15, 2012

8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Tickets $15

Buffet included in ticket price

For tickets and donations, please call Allison Frye at 508.247.8359, Nancy Martin at 508.477.0208, or Dale Frye at 508.843.4675.

Kutaputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Bus for Dec. 14 Concert to Benefit Leonard Peltier in NYC

Dear Tribal Community,

A concert to benefit the movement to free Leonard Peltier featuring headline performer Jackson Browne is being held on Friday, December 14 at the Beacon Theater in New York City. A traditional introduction to this event will be performed by our own Mashpee Wampanoag senior drum Wakeby Lake.

The concert will feature many celebrity supporters of Leonard including Harry Belafonte who will host the event along with Pete Seeger. There will also be performances by Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Bruce Cockburn and others as well as several Native entertainers. Download more information on the concert here.

Demonstrating the continued support of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for Leonard’s release, the Tribe has sponsored a coach bus to the event that will depart from the tribal grounds at 483 Great Neck Road in Mashpee at noon on Friday, December 14. A second pickup has been arranged at the Mt. Pleasant Street Park and Ride in New Bedford at 1 pm. The bus will return directly after the event.

The transportation to the event is free, however each person will be responsible for purchasing their own concert ticket!

A block of 50 tickets has been reserved for this group at a discounted rate of $35 per ticket. In order to reserve a space on the bus you must first purchase one of these tickets by contacting Jack MaGee at 774-487-1006 or by email at jacko_920@hotmail.com. Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Imprisoned unjustly for more than 37 years, Leonard is considered the American Indian Movement’s premier political prisoner. Leonard is serving two life terms in the deaths of two FBI agents during a siege at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1976. He has maintained his innocence throughout his ordeal as evidence of corruption, coercion of witnesses, and improper procedures have defined this case. To learn more visit www.whoisleonardpeltier.info.

Kutaputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Intertribal Social Tomorrow!

Dear Tribal Community,

Please come out to the Mashpee Wampanoag Inter-Tribal Potluck Social tomorrow – Saturday, November 24th, 2012 from 2 pm to 8 pm at Camp Burgess, 75 Stowe Road in Sandwich, Mass.

Come gather, socialize, eat, listen and dance to the great Native American drumming and singing by Championship Drum Mystic River and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s own Eastern Sons and Red Hawk drummers and singers.

There will be a 50/50 raffle. This is a potluck social so bring good food to share with everyone.

Many family members will be in town for the holiday so come out and let’s jam and celebrate Native American style together.

So please telephone or tell a friend, let them know that the Mashpee Wampanoag Inter-Tribal Potluck Social tomorrow, Saturday, November 24th from 2 PM to 8 PM at Camp Burgess, Sandwich, Mass is back again.

See you there. Hoka!

Kutaputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Thanksgiving Day 2012

Dear Tribal Community,

Warm greetings to you and your family on this Thanksgiving Day 2012. The Thanksgiving holiday is a complicated day for our people. We are forever intertwined with the American Thanksgiving myth, however inaccurate it may be. Some of our people choose to observe this day as a Day of Mourning. Some choose to celebrate in a thoroughly American way. Many choose a different path, spending the day with family and friends, but acknowledging our unique history and connection to this day.

Thanksgiving is not something we as Wampanoag people do on a single day, it is a way of life. Every day we give thanks to the Creator, thanks to our ancestors, and thanks to the natural world around us. Today is no different. We give thanks.

We strive every day to continue in the ways of our ancestors: welcoming people and treating them with dignity and respect. Helping each other in any way we can. Creating a better future for seven generations to come.

Today and every day, please join me in giving thanks to our ancestors, who, despite attempts to eliminate their presence on this earth, persevered and made it possible for us to be here today. Thanks to our Tribal family, our Elders for their wisdom and guidance; to our Youth and their hard work to make their way in this modern world by learning the ways of their ancestors while also getting the education they need to provide a better future for themselves and their Tribal family; and to all Tribal citizens who work hard every day to provide services to those in need, preserve our history and culture, and lift our whole Tribal nation up with positivity and respect.

No matter how you choose to observe this day, please know this: I am thankful for you. I hope that you are surrounded by your loved ones and have a blessed day.

Kutaputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Intertribal Potluck Social this Saturday, Nov. 24th

Dear Tribal Community,

Please come out to the Mashpee Wampanoag Inter-Tribal Potluck Social taking place on Saturday, November 24th, 2012 from 2 pm to 8 pm at Camp Burgess, 75 Stowe Road in Sandwich, Mass.

Come gather, socialize, eat, listen and dance to the great Native American drumming and singing by Championship Drum Mystic River and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s own Eastern Sons and Red Hawk drummers and singers.

There will be a 50/50 raffle. This is a potluck social so bring good food to share with everyone.

Many family members will be in town for the holiday so come out and let’s jam and celebrate Native American style together.

So please telephone or tell a friend, let them know that the Mashpee Wampanoag Inter-Tribal Potluck Social this Saturday, November 24th from 2 PM to 8 PM at Camp Burgess, Sandwich, Mass is back again.

See you there. Hoka!

Kutaputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Turkeys for Tribal Families

Dear Tribal Community,

I am happy to announce that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will once again be providing turkeys to Tribal families. Elders and those with special needs will be accommodated first, and all other interested Tribal families will be accommodated thereafter on a first come, first served basis. The Tribe will be giving one turkey per Tribal household (address). The schedule for distribution of turkeys is:

Sunday November 18, 2012 from 10 am to 4 pm and Monday November 19, 10 am to 2 pm at 401 Nathan Ellis Highway (Rte 151) Unit 1 (Complex is next to Dino’s Pizza and Sports Bar)

Monday November 19 from 10am to 3PM 1913 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Turkeys must be picked up by the adult Tribal Member of that household. Please present your Tribal ID card when picking up your turkey.

We are very proud to be able to continue this annual tradition for our Tribal community. Should you have any questions, please contact either Joanne at 774-238-8524, Laverne or Bea at 508-419-6017 ext 608/601, or Bobby Foster at 774-238-2273 / 508-477-0208.

Kutaputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Veterans Day 2012

Dear Tribal Community,

As we observe Veterans Day, please take a moment to honor the many Mashpee Wampanoag men and women who have served. Our ancestors bravely protected the Wampanoag people from time immemorial. More recently, from the American Revolution through today, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been proudly represented in every major conflict or war on behalf of the United States.

Today, our Mashpee Wampanoag veterans are among the 154,000 Native American veterans living today. Let us take time to thank and honor them, and vow every day to treat our veterans with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Kutaputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

We Rocked the Native Vote!

Good Morning Tribal Operations, Tribal Council, Friends, Neighbors and my fellow Americans,

Please click on the link to view the “We Rocked the Native Vote” video.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe appears mid-way through the video. Watch closely.

Thank you to all Mashpee Wampanoags, friends, neighbors and fellow Americans for “Rocking The Vote”!

Indian Country had a record turn-out voting for the Presidential election this year.

We lifted Indian Country’s voice towards prosperity!

Let’s continue to lean forward and never go backwards!

Our future is great and the journey is bright. Lean forward. Hoka!

Kutaputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)

Congratulations to President Barack Obama

On behalf of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, I extend sincere congratulations to President Barack Obama. President Obama has been a great friend to Indian Country, and we look forward to making even more progress on issues important to us over the next four years.

Thank you to all Tribal citizens who got out to vote and who helped friends and family get to the polls as well.

VOTE!

Dear Tribal Community,

Tomorrow is the day! Make sure you and your family have a plan to get out and vote.

One of the greatest things I have seen this election cycle is the effort that Native Vote has put into turning out the largest Native Vote in history. Please take time to visit their site, share their message, spread the word about their tools, and make sure everyone you know gets out to vote!

Polls in Massachusetts are open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm. Please make sure your voice is heard – get out and vote!

Kutaputunumuw;

Cedric Cromwell
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)