Message from Chairman Cromwell – Our Aboriginal Rights Are Our Foundation and Birthright!

Wednesday ~ November 23, 2016

Dear Tribal Family,

From time immemorial, we, the Mashpee Wampanoag have been good stewards to the land and water and have always protected our aboriginal territory.  Given what we believe is a tense political climate, we are seeing an increase in hateful acts of prejudice and discrimination throughout our country. 

Unfortunately, our Tribe is not immune to such rhetoric and we have recently been notified of a threatening letter questioning the scope of our aboriginal rights to hunt and fish in our traditional homelands.  

As history has shown, the Tribe shall not cower to such thinly veiled threats and shall vigorously defend the legal rights of our Tribal citizens in the applicable court of law. 

Legal protections of aboriginal rights to hunt and fish are clear and well established under the law.  However, we remind you to please ensure that any applicable regulations (such as the use of F.I.D. cards), Tribal laws and criminal laws are observed and respected when you are pursuing these activities. 

We are now approaching a time of Thanks Giving and encourage our Tribal citizens to exercise their aboriginal rights to hunt and fish freely, peacefully and lawfully. 

Should any person or entity attempt to prevent you from exercising your lawful rights, please contact Tribal Police Chief, Kevin Frye, at (774) 238-8329 immediately for further assistance and avoid escalating any encounter.  The State Environmental Police, local law enforcement and our Tribal Police are apprised of the open threat to our citizens.

Our inherent rights to hunt and fish have existed for thousands of years and shall endure beyond politics, prejudice, persecution and malice. 

 Kutâputunumuw!

The Day Has Arrived….Let Our Voices Be Heard – VOTE!

Good evening Tribal Family,

The Day has arrived!

Tuesday ~ November 8, 2016 will quite possibly mark the most critical Presidential Election in the history of the United States of America.

I urge all Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Citizens, Community members, neighbors, friends Brothers and Sisters across Indian Country…..to VOTE!

We must consider the vision of our future Generations, just as our Ancestors did thousands of years ago. We are in the moment where our actions today are guaranteed to have a wide-reaching ripple affect. It is imperative that we take every measure to protect the next 7 Generations!

The importance and impact of Indian Policy has been brought to the forefront at the federal level over the past 8 years under the Obama Administration with the “White House Tribal Nations Conference,” and the endorsement of the “Generation Indigenous” initiative involving outreach of Tribal Youth across the Nation allowing their voice and concerns a platform, for example. No other Presidential administration has shown more proactive support of Indian Country.

We must give consideration to the major-party candidate who will continue the legacy, rather than consider the alternative who will discard the concerns of Indigenous People across the Land.

Please remember to bring proper identification to your respective polling place when you cast your ballot in the event it is required. Also remember to be mindful if you carry your cell phone to the polls, many precincts restrict use of cell phones in voting areas citing “Federal Election Regulations.”

Above all, always remember, regardless of your candidate or ballot question preference, Your Vote is Your Voice!

Be part of the Process….We need You. Indian Country Needs you!

 Kutâputunumuw!