Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cromwell trades away "12,000 years" of tradition

Reel Wamps spells out the latest conflict within the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.  Cedric Cromwell, famous for proclaiming 12,000 years of Wampanoag historical rights to run a casino has negotiated away the Tribe's long-standing fishing rights in pursuit of gambling cash in his Compact with Governor Deval Patrick.  Future generations of Mashpee Wampanoag will be able to point to their defining culture of being casino cocktail waitresses and leave the messy fisher folk heritage to the fading memories of tribal elders.


How proud this will make the People of the First Light as they troll for tips instead of herring, trading fishing poles and nets for fishnet stockings and pole dancing at the proposed Taunton WampaWorld resort.

Worth the read into the sad state of affairs and dark path the true Mashpee people are being led down by Cromwell and his Malaysian gambling syndicate financial backers.  Click here to read how Cedric Cromwell has sold the soul of the People of the First Light.

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  1. It is no surprise that Cromwell has sold his soul for the almighty dollar...This compact is dreadful! Loosing our fishing and hunting rights for the benefit of his "Save my A$$ Casino"...well he has to go. So who will take him out of power? our tribe or the fools who gave him too much money in the 1st place?!!!

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    1. How, have we lost our fishing and hunting rights?

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  2. Once again Division among the tribe.

    Pen & Paper guys vs Hard Working Wampanoag Laborers. Tribe Members Need to Step Up & Protect themselves One Way or Another.

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    1. Amazing and you are what part of the division?????

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  3. I guess all you that put Cedric and the rest of this corrupt council in Got Your Tribe back, Wamps For Change.What are you going to do about it ? He sold the tribe for less than a kettle.No herring or venison for you .

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  4. July 28th from 1-7 Special Membership meeting to Discuss the Compact ,what why not before they signed our rights away? Also Wed July 25th 9-4 Special Council meeting to vote on Consolidated Loan Agreement (with Genting) to get 250 Million more what does that bring us up to already 50 million plus 250 million before anything is even done or built?

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    1. This moneyu and the fifty million need to be reviewed and the 250 million should be place ona srtict review process to ensure we do not have any issue Like the Glen Marshal "Slush fund" I agree with you that money can corrupt, so it must be moniored as to where each penny is spent and why:)

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    2. too late and who are you going to get to review the hen house the fox?Do you know who Timmy is?Maybe Cedric's "Slush Fund" what is called in the budget(Ha Ha)Good (Something) Neighbor or give to my own family fund.Look it up in the budget.

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    3. Yes I do, and the shoe fits bird.

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  5. Hope you high livin Council members have made extra payments on those new cars and houses. The repo man cometh...

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  6. Well when they get their big bonus from Genting they will be able to pay off their new cars and their homes all on the backs of their tribal members.I hear the bonus adds up to 10 million ,but not all of the Council will get any we know who that is.

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  7. How is a guy with an A.A. degree from Dorchester get to lead the MWT? Why does it seem like one family(his) has all the jobs in the tribe?
    Where is the BIA, where are the voices of actual tribe members from Mashpee?
    Where is the talk of possibly investing this relationship between genting, the state house, etc?
    Something's rotten in Taunton and Mashpee, this "administration" should be checked out by the BIA.

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    1. Um, he was voted in:) Alos is that not what th BIA is doing right now as part of the vetting process?

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    2. Popponessett PeteJuly 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      No, he stole the election.

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    3. I been hearing this for 3 years and you still hav not shown or proven your case, why is that?

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    4. he was voted in an Illegal election, why don't they let that lady Nellie look at the boxes? Because it was destroyed .No evidence for or against what a corrupt council.

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    5. How convenient for your theory.

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  8. investigating this relationship, excuse me..

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  9. who the Bureau of I don't care Affairs.Almost as bad as Federal Bureau of I don't care.

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    1. Look you really shoould stop trying to talk as if you are seprate people it is not working but you do ask some really good questions about governance, I wonder why you are not running this time:)

      So you see saying th BIA should investigate and then saying in this post that they are corrupt is a bit foolish don't you think, Timmy:)

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    2. The Old HarpooneerJuly 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Joan and many others won't run because the Cromwell regime is taking up a program of "opposition research," read "mudslinging." Of course that is just "hardball politics," but the thing is that they are using Tribal money to do it. Unseemly...

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    3. While this may be so, I would suspect that you should run on your ideas and not worry about the mud slinging whihc will happen in any event this is the nature of politics but if your ideas are sound and you stay on message with simple facts and a good message folks will get it. Simply crying about the current leadership makes you appear weak. Put your better government out and take it for a test spin you can direct mail or simply post on this and your reelwamps site if what you have to say is valid the message will spread as logic alwas trumps mud slinging if the baseline facts are sound:)

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  10. Worst of all, these fools think that the Guv is gonna do a end around and redo the '76 land suit through the state. Betcha the selectmen already have a suit planned against the Tribe for breaking the terms of the IGA. Cromwell and his henchmen are going to put us in a world of shit.

    Thanks, Cedric.

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    1. Who are you for your people or the Government your statement mkaes no sense, how is land coming back to the tribe wrong especially with all that was taken? Help me to understand your logic here.

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    2. Your own people lost land so do not blame it on just the white man .Look in your own back yard some of you are living large on that land.I am a citizen of the state and the Town of Mashpee, I am tired of hearing how land was taken look in the records and see who took some of your land and now your great Council is doing the same thing to your tribe.Shame on You.

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    3. As a citizen of both the Tribe and the Town of Mashpee, and a taxpayer thereof, my interest is in both. You've got these bungholes trying to resurrect the land suit for their own purposes. They are doing irreparable damage to our cause and are worse than any white person because they are stabbing their brothers and sisters in the back. But none of this relieves the Mass. Land Court and real estate speculators from blame. Keep an eye on REELWAMPS.COM for an expose of that...

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    4. MAshpee citizen, I blame no white man for the loss of our lands I blame the federal governement for allowing its theft. Could you please explain how we are "living large", you go fromm some to all in a pretty fast clip. The land being taken has nothing to do with you as you can see we do not go through you for approval of what may come back to us just as your ancestors did the same see how that works. This is a corrective action between the government and the tribe pure and simple. So I see no need for you to be tired about anything as I am also a U.S. tax paying Citizen who grew up in Mashpee; how ever I see no shame in simply seeking redress for bad governmental practices.

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    5. Federal government trumps State government ruling oops, land may transfer and why woould yo be against that????

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  11. Thanks Cedric Aaron and Cheryl who don't live in Mashpee for a lawsuit against the tribe that us tribal members who are tax payers will have to pay also .Paying to sue your self.Thanks

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    1. What does living in Mashpee have ot do with anything? Here we go again:)

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    2. Yep, here we go again. For Cedric, Aaron, and Markie-poo, Mashpee was not a part of their childhoods or coming-of-age. None of them had to endure the racism and the derision of outsiders, but we did, and these people come here with attitudes worse, in my estimation, than those of whites. They think they know better than we do. Well, our people ran a town, and did the best they could with what they had -- without the Hardings, Tobeys and Cromwell.. do you know why they did not come here? They were ashamed of us.

      Now these outsiders are going to borrow another $250 million, $10 million of which to GIVE THEMSELVES BONUSES! These people are criminals in my book, and the sooner we get them out of office, the better the whole world will be.

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    3. Apologies to Elmont (Ben Crocker) and Edgar(Hemp) Tobey. RIP

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    4. Note that I did not include Marie Lopez Stone in my rant. Marie was born and raised here, but has been a resident of La La Land for these many years.

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    5. Simply foolish:)

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  12. Popponessett PeteJuly 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    And Joan, you and I both know that the Town of Mashpee will not put up with any of Ceddie's BS. They will sue the Tribe until we are all living in weetus and eating the bark off trees. These people have got to go.

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  13. I give Cromwell a hard time for his choices but this is truly sad on a whole new level. It reminds me of the stories I've heard about gamblers who'll sell their wedding rings or give gamble away their kid's college fund because they're SO SURE that "this time is the charm!" But then, the gambling industry thrives on false hope. Maybe He needs an intervention.

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  14. as far as any land suit against the Town of Mashpee is a insult , we have an agreement and I lived thru the land suit and yes as a tax payer I did suffer,my taxes paid for this could not get a mortgage and the insults from other town people who I have known all my life and grew up with it hurt their lives for work to also feed their family, if you are not true Mashpee and lived here tru thick and thin good and bad yes you don;t know and all the ones for this are like they say wash ashores my elders worked with the Town of Mashppe and it took years to get to the tables again even and here we go again I know the Town doesn't like to deal with arogant Arron and numie Cedric they think they are above every one well I would like to say who will be on the bottom looking up not the town they have always been prpared to defend their interest and the Good Gov can not get involved can he

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    1. Jealousy is a terrible thing, get a life will ya you have no claim to be any more Wampanoag than any other Wamp. Why you feel you have special extra Wamp privileges is boring, if you stick to the issues, you may get better results as it stands your continued jealous rage is looked upon as whiney at best and self defeating rhetoric at its worst.

      News flash agreements can be changed thus the term agreement, which as far as I know can be changed based on the mutual benefit of all parties involved. If the state is willing to participate, why are you against it?

      You sound like an ad for self-defeatism. If lands are returned under this new compact, I say run do not walk to make that “new Agreement happen”. Anything that gets are economic engine running I am for that process as it will provide something we have never had to date a forward momentum. So far we have been stalled in neutral time for a change. I may not like all of the mechanics percentages and casino up front push but what are your alternatives, can you list how you would do things differently.

      Now is the time to strike and seize the movement of economic development whether you like these Wamps or if you do not like how they are doing it we are in essence moving forward. All of your allegations if true will only change the leadership but the boat has finally left the dock and though the Captain may change, at least we are moving forward. What is your plan from here to keep whining and demigoging about how much this or that Wamp spent so little time in Mashpee and what Wamp is really not a Wamp (foolish) and possibly bigoted.

      Full steam ahead and watch out for the rocks, as they are real and present but Go, Go, Go!!!!!!!!!! It is right to move and those who do not like the method of the move run for office and provide a better methodology if you can, don’t just talk the talk how about walking the walk for a change.

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    2. Dear Jealous one, you truly do not honor what being Wamp is all about. One does not go into another tribes territory and claim it as your own. You claim Pocasset and Pokonoket history by trying to claim their land. Go hang out with Chief Andy Alves, he never has had native blood but he has claimed bones from Taunton with Peters for years.
      This is not moving the boat forward, this is sinking it! You've added a bunch of young members that can't tell you squat about honor let alone history...they can however tell you that your Casino is gonna pay them...they watch you with your Genting paychecks and they think you are the real deal. You are as phoney as Assonet.
      Shame on you for believing them, you can not honor your own if you don't acknowledge who's path you are plowing under.

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    3. To: AnonymousAugust 1, 2012 11:10 AM
      You are in no position to tell me what being or not being Wampanoag is about, it is a thing of the heart and is not something that you can just write down or encapsulate in a sentence. I know who I am and where I come from, so your assertion about being phony is a sham pure and simple.

      No one would like it better than I, if all parts of the Indian nations in and around New England were all federally recognized and given the proper respect due to each segment of our culture and society as a whole. Taunton may be in dispute with some it is not however in dispute with us. The opportunity and legal right to build in Taunton is approved, so we will build.

      Your path is your own and I wish you all the best but we are in fact moving forward and our economic engine has been turned on so we are not sinking in fact the boat has already increased speed by a few knots (got to watch those rocks though) . Young they may be but you are in no position to say what they know or do not know about being Wampanoag, however if they are in the leadership positions by definition, they are Wampanoag and there is nothing phony about that. You may see the leadership change over time as it will but this first move must be made and it is being made now; not to offend you or anyone else but because the time to strike is now. I wonder if the situation was reversed would you be saying the same things, I wonder???

      The casino is not the point, economics is the key and the point!!! All other cultures understand this and striking when the moment presents itself. This is our moment (one of many I hope) to get our economy moving and once that engine is going we can help our own and become the sovereign nation that we should have been all along!!!

      I see no need to stop that process from happening. Your path is not being plowed under, according to the historical record, we have the right to be in Taunton thus we are there and approved to move ahead and so we will.

      There is no shame in wanting better for your people this is plain for all to see; not seeking this betterment would be illogical and foolish, I am sorry you do not see this as a simple truism.

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    4. Your own membership committee has had young ones not even know how to pronounce Wampanoag...never mind know its history...
      You claim to honor your Wamp path, well what about honoring mine?
      An economic engine was what you tried to sell us in Middleboro. This is a scam, your Genting backers are only thinking about themselves, not about you or me. They don't care about our culture or history.
      Remember if it were not for Reverand Leroy Perry neither you nor Aquinnah would have any clue about your culture or recognition! He was and for ever will be honored by his Pocasset blood.
      You can honor the almighty dollar, I will honor my path beneath pine bows!

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    5. While Rev. Perry was an early factor in the revival of the Wampanoag nation, he does not deserve all the credit you give him. Mashpee Wampanoags Eben Queppish and Nelsons Simons, who had been in touch with other tribes in the northeast, Pequot, Narragansett, Penobscot, etc., formed the core of the revival. Simons had been a student at Carlisle Indian School, along with several other Mashpee. Queppish met other Indians while participating in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and was inspired to bring back the Tribe's culture.

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    6. Honor is a word that should not be just used to make snide comments. I consider myself a very honorable person and though we may disagree. I sse no need to fight with you and I simply choose not to do this if you are right then the BIA will make that detremination if not then we build really simple proposition if the truth be known. One thing thogh the almighty dollar as you call is a palyer I agree and tha tdollar can be used for good or bad, the genting folk have thier agenda so what when has this ever been diffrent in our history. My only concern is that we do not repeat bad history but create good history based on sound business principles without damaging our cultural beliefs.

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  15. Signed seald delivered

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