Congratulations to the Class of 2016 ~ Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Graduates are on the Rise!!

Dear Tribal Family,

Pure elation….that’s the only way to describe the pride I feel as I consider the endless possibilities of our Tribal citizens who have recently graduated this spring!

An essential goal as leaders of this Tribal Nation is to provide educational services and support in order to assist our Tribal Education Scholars in reaching and achieving their goals; from kindergarten through 12th grade, as undergraduate students and graduate candidates right here at home. What is more impressive is we have Tribal students with concentrations in the areas of healthcare, law, Human Resources, Medicine, Information Technology, Environmental Protection, Business, Theater & Art, Public Policy  degree seeking programs.

The phrase “Knowledge is Power” is not lost on our Tribal Citizens, this is clearly evident! We see this important education lift in a nation as a true achievement to one’s self-betterment and “Self-Determination,” if you will. The successes of our Tribal graduates have achieved are more than a high school diploma or a degree from an institute of higher-learning…they are advancing our Tribe by virtue of advancing at each and every stage of achievement in their academic career.

What may not be in the forefront of each graduate’s mind is they are now equipped with abilities, capabilities, motivation and upward mobility to compete in the 21st century “global economy.”

With all of these educational degree’s, they are sealing accomplishments, setting the bar higher, all while developing their Leadership Skills.

Our Tribal Nation and the World is a better place, because we have bright, excited and well educated people entering the local, regional, national and global workplace from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation. Our Tribal graduates continue to Inspire as they thrive, achieve and succeed.

We as a Strong, Proud Tribal Nation shall continue to RISE!

Congratulations to all of our 2016 Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Graduates…You are Heart and Soul of our Nation!


Mashpee Wampanoag Gaming Authority announces “Emerging Leaders Program”


The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is launching a new program to advance First Light Resort & Casino’s mission to empower new leaders to be passionate about the gaming and hospitality industry. The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) will run every six months and seeks to equip qualified candidates with the tools and opportunities necessary to rise to and excel in senior gaming and hospitality management roles on a fast-track basis.

The ELP program is only open to citizens of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the application deadline is Monday, June 20. Applications must be completed online at under the “Jobs” Tab. Please make sure to click on the “Read More” link to access the online application.

The six-month program will provide successful candidates with stipends and will be eligible for paid supervised placement. The first ELP cohort will include eight successful candidates in each of the following department areas: Gaming Operations, Finance, Legal, Information Technology (IT), Human Resources (HR), Marketing and Food and Beverage.

In addition to providing program participants with valuable work experience, they will also be challenged to find their personal leadership style, gain an understanding of how to motivate and work with others and to solve complex problems that arise during early stage gaming and hospitality projects.

Expectations on the participants for the ELP program are high. Candidates for the program are expected to commit to at least 40 hours per week and to take initiative whenever possible. They will be asked to do learning milestone reporting and will be expected to exceed expectations.

To be eligible for the program, you must have completed a minimum of a four-year college degree prior to the program completion. Prior experience in gaming and/or hospitality industries is preferred. And you must have the ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week and participate in departmental rotations.

Don’t worry if this program is not a good fit for you. There will be other future programs (not ELP) available for Tribal citizens with varied educational and work experience.


Cedric Cromwell Qaqeemashq (Running Bear)