Mashpee

Mashpee is a town located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts has been the home of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for approximately 12,000 years.  The Mashpee Wampanoag are one of the original sixty-nine tribes that belonged to the Wampanoag Nation.  Originally, the Marshpee (later called Mashpee) Tribe was under the oversight of English missionaries for nearly 200 years.  The reservation period in Mashpee officially began in 1677 and restricted the freedom of the Mashpee Wampanoag people until 1868.  From that time up until around 1975 the tribal people were in control of the Mashpee town government, were active business owners and the predominant town residents.  As town and federal politics dramatically changed over the years, the tribe maintained its autonomy as a non-profit organization until 2007 when federal recognition was finally granted after a 30-year legal land suit.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has both traditional and conventional leadership and maintains a government-to-government relationship with all federal agencies to support the health, education, and welfare needs of the tribe.  The traditional leadership includes the Chief and his Circle of advisers, Medicine Man, and Clan Mothers.  The Chief and Medicine Man have permanent seats at the Tribal Council table to ensure cultural concerns are included in decision-making. Tribal members seek advice, ceremony, and social justice from these leaders.
 

Economically the tribe has adapted and maintained a number of different survival methods besides hunting, fishing, and planting.  During the 17th and 18th centuries tribesmen were involved in the fur, rope, timber, and sassafras trade.  Then in the 19th and early 20th centuries they engaged in the whaling industry, sailing the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic and Indian Oceans.  

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Community
Native Northeast Research Collaborative, Mashpee Wampanoag
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Work, Poverty, & Economy, Politics, Power, & Sovereignty
Summary
A certification of the account of Michael Bacon and a resolution granting him compensation for expenses incurred in the boarding, nursing, and burial of Alexander Queppish
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Community
Native Northeast Research Collaborative, Mashpee Wampanoag
Category
Work, Poverty, & Economy, Politics, Power, & Sovereignty
Summary
A request by Michael Bacon for reimbursement in the boarding, nursing, and burying of former soldier, Alexander Queppish
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Community
Native Northeast Research Collaborative, Mashpee Wampanoag
Category
Work, Poverty, & Economy, Politics, Power, & Sovereignty
Summary
A request that Simon's annual pension, granted as a result of his service to the Crown, might be enhanced and continued during the political unrest between the colonies and Britain

Province of the Massachusetts 

To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Esq., Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over Said Province and to the Honorable Council and Representatives in General Court Assembled at Boston   November, 1737

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Community
Native Northeast Research Collaborative, Mashpee Wampanoag
Category
Education, Religion, & Missionary Efforts, Work, Poverty, & Economy, Geography, Land, & the Environment, Politics, Power, & Sovereignty
Summary
A request of Robin Suncasin and others Mashpee natives for the interposition of the Legislature in the protection of their land, marsh,a and river from encroachment
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Community
Native Northeast Research Collaborative, Mashpee Wampanoag
Category
Work, Poverty, & Economy, Culture & Society, Politics, Power, & Sovereignty
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Community
Native Northeast Research Collaborative, Mashpee Wampanoag
Category
Work, Poverty, & Economy, Culture & Society, Politics, Power, & Sovereignty

The Committee appointed to consider the petition of the Indian (Proprietors of Oyster Island), [have met] and considered the same are of opinion that the heirs of Daniel Parker, Esq., who have said island in possession be served with a copy of said petition to show cause, if any, they have on the first Tuesday of the next May Session of this Court why the prayer thereof may not be granted, and that the petition be referred till that time which is humbly submitted in the name and per order of the Committee.  Melatiah Bourne.  In Council.

Tribes
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Community
Native Northeast Research Collaborative, Mashpee Wampanoag
Category
Geography, Land, & the Environment, Politics, Power, & Sovereignty
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court Assembled
 
Tribes