Dr. Herbert Waters
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"Let us give thanks to the creator for all that he gives. The harvest moon has shined its brilliance over our home and now as we store the harvest of our work the creator gives his sustanance. The Earth will now rest through the coming seasons storing the energy needed to once again feed our people".
Michael "Tender Heart" Markley
Chief George "Silverwolf" Jennings
Welcome to our fall 2012 edition of tribal news. The following news and information is meant to keep you informed and hopefully encourage you to participate in upcoming meetings and events. I look forward to spending time with you and your family this coming year. "Aho"
Tribal elections were held during the tribal citizens and two alternates were asked to serve on the executive council. This year new citizens were added to the elders council or Traditional leadership. Although a special constitutional vote was scheduled for the January Monthly Meeting. The constitutional vote to held in January will ask that the position of Ambassador be elevated to a constitutional post in the traditional council and fall under the leadership of the Chief.
Citizens Shiela Pacheco, Justin Markley, Charles Smith, Three Bears, and Richard Grace were asked to fill the open positions. Jim Rawlings, Ron Hilton, and Sharon Perry were asked to stand in as alternates when needed. The new executive council will assemble in early January to organise and elect officers.
In Your Words
A message from Tribal Ambassador Don "Lone Wolf" Washington
How do we fit in with other Native American People?
I visit other Native American functions and I tell them I am of The Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe. I question the look of disrespect that I have recieved.
The Answer I get is the Seaconke tribed, formed in 1995, is trying to capitalize on the notoriety of Wampanoag people. (Wannabee's)
I have heard people say"I grew up Black, Portugeese, French, Italian, Cape Verdean, Irish, etc." "I don't know how to be Indian."
We are a mixture of races and have lived our lives as the other assimilated race. The invasion of America by the Europeans has kept the native Americans from being who they are. It wasn't safe to say you were native american while the families of European descent were being killed by native Americans in the west. It wasn't respectable to say you were of African descent when that race was held in Low esteem because of slavery. We assimilated into an accepted race rather than be crucified for what we were. We come together as a family as a tribe to further the betterment of our native American blood. It is not enough to say I belong to a tribe and sometimes make a meeting. It is not enough to say I go to a Powwow once a year. We don't have to prove we are of native American descent. That has been done through our genealogy. We have to be accepted by the native American communittees that carried the legacy of the Wampanoag since the invasion from Europe. This can be accomplished by attending every native American function and make it well known that you are willing to learn the culture, the language, and about the people who have practiced and carried the legacy for hundreds of years.
Sorely needed and strongly urged is Seaconke Wampanoag Tribal People, "Individually or as groups" to participate in spreading our existence in the native American Community. It is possible to set up a fund to pay for transportation, costs of the event, and or donations/food donations for pot lucks. Please, get your family together and get involved.
Don "Lone Wolf" Washington
Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe
The words, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the
In Your Words
series are strictly those of the acredited author and not nessecarily those of this website or the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe.
Seaconke Wampanoag Constitution - Preamble
What was once is now, and shall forever be The Seaconke Wampanoag, do hereby declare in unanimous declaration, our free standing as a tribe in the Wampanoag Federation.
We The people seek to serve our interests and posterity as a tribe with freedom, liberty, and justice for all.
As one people, we believe in respect for human dignity and nature. That what was ordained by the creator, will and forever shall be.
This constitution is our written bond that from this day forward, these words will be a living testament to our strength as a people
Our Mission and Values
The mission of the "Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe" is to rediscover and develop our native heritage. To take this wherever this may lead for the betterment of ourselves and our descendants.
We are determined to follow our heart in this quest to seek out our past, reaffirm our present, and develop our future for the greater good of all. Our search for the truth will be unyelding.
We hold our ancestors close to our heart and the future of our children in our hands. We are determined to make whole our native heritage and to bring alive that culture that was once cut off from us.
We will equivocally use right and just practices in our search for the truth. We will always be above board and open with our constituency. We are determined to make clear all that is asked of us.
We consider our constituency to be: our citizens, members, community, allies, friends, and associates. We will seek to do work that benefits all. We will be honest in all things and in all ways.
Tribal Monthly Meeting
Thursday January 17, 2008
Opening Prayer - Ed Lincoln
Native Word - Pat
War Chief Remarks - Ed Lincoln
1)We need to change Tribal Monthly Meeting date to accomodate others.
Organizational - Ed Lincoln
1)Powwow Committee to handle all food services for Powwow 2008
2)We will need to purchase new equipment.
Culture - Pat Reis
1)Nacomo will be scheduled for early December this year.
2)Fur Trader will be down from Maine in April>
a)regalia classes will be scheduled in May.
Elders - Edith Baptista
1)A record book of citizenship has been created.
Town Hall - Mike
1)Awaiting written response from the Town of Seekonk.
Newly elected council members - Pat Ries
Change week of the month Tribal Monthly Meeting is held.
- Motion passed
- Tribal citizens/members
Closing Prayer - Beverly Lincoln
Upcoming Events and Meetings!!!
Tribal Council Meeting
Saturday February 16, 2007 11am
92 Chestnut St. Seekonk, Ma.
Thursday February 28, 2008
Thursday March 27, 2008
Thursday April 24, 2008
"Old" Seekonk Town Hall
Seekonk, Ma. 02771
Tribal Council 2008
Chief George "Silver Wolf" Jennings
War Chief Edward "Foxhook" Lincoln
Clan Mother Lois "Short Oak" Chaffee
Spiritual Leader Roger LIncoln
Ambassador Donald "Lone Wolf" Washington
Medicine Man open
Foreperson Edith "Blueswallow" Baptista
Elder Winniford "Moto" Elderkin
Elder Cathy Pina
Elder Edna Rawlings
Elder Norma Markley
Elder Betty Lemieux
Elder Mary Waldron
Chairperson Pat "Gentle Rain" Ries
Director Richard Grace
Director James Rawlings
Director Sheila Pacheco
Director Justin Markley
Director Donald "3 Bears" Fisher
Director Daniel Elderkin
Curtis Pona - January 3, 2008. Husband of citizen Leslie Rawlings Curtis Pona.
Daniel "Wounded Pony" King - January 10, 2008.
Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe
412 Taunton Ave.
Seekonk, Ma. 02771
1 (508) 336-842
News, Information, and Announcements
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We need You!
This upcoming year brings new thoughts, Ideas, hopes, and opputunities. Below are listed 3 new ventures that have been presented to the tribal council that with your help will be developed, and bare fruit this year.
- The purpose of this oppurtunity is to develop tribal independence in presenting food services at powwows, socials, and other tribal events. Contact the tribal office or the tribal coordinator to offer your help. Tribal cordinator is War Chief Edward Lincoln.
Wiffle Ball Tournament
- The purpose of this proposed function is to raise funds to help further develop tribal oppurtunities. If you would like to participate in, or help develop this function please call the tribal office or contact citizen Derek Jennings.
- This ongoing campaign will continue this year with the added help of you. Please contact the tribal office or director James Rawlings to become a part of this growing program.
It takes very little of your time but means so much to so many. Why not take a minute and help along the process of attaining our tribal goals. How can I help? By choosing a committee, department, or event to work on. Remember a little bit from a lot of people goes much farther, last so much longer, and has more meaning than a lot of effort from a few.
Be apart of something "Great" and do it your way! How do I start? There are multiple ways to get started;
Attend a monthly meeting
Call the office 1 (508) 336-8426 and simply ask "What can I do to Help".
Review the website for news, meeting dates, and info.
Then Attend, everyone is welcome.
Call the 24hr line, e-mail
Talk to a tribal leader
The best way to get started though is to Just do it!!!
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