Chappaquiddick

We are the Chappaquiddick Wampanoag Tribe. Our ancestors inhabited Chappaquiddick Island, Cape Pogue and Muskeget Island for thousands of years, well before the United States was formed and Massachusetts became a state. Between 1692 and 1870, our tribe filed numerous petitions to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the State of Massachusetts to address various issues and concerns regarding encroachment and land disputes. They also sent a petition to King George of Great Britain in 1772. In 1788, before the Federal Indian Non-intercourse Act (of 1790) was passed to provide protection for Indian people, Chappaquiddick Island was divided between the settlers and the Chappaquiddick Wampanoag. Our people received only one-fifth of the island, not the best soil, and were designated two reservations, the Cleared Lands Reservation on North Neck and the Woodlands Reservation. In 1828, the reservation land lots were assigned to tribal families at their request. With the passing of the Massachusetts Enfranchisement Act of 1869, the reservation lands were allotted to Chappaquiddick Wampanoag individuals and they were absorbed by the town of Edgartown.

Today, Chappaquiddick people live on Martha’s Vineyard Island, in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and throughout the United States. It is Important to remember that we are still here. We are current representations of our ancestors’ values and beliefs. We are working to keep alive the legacy of our Chappaquiddick ancestors while making our own contributions to our tribe and the larger global community. We deeply believe in the necessity to share our history with our youth, so they have the knowledge, tools and commitment to ensure we thrive in the future. We believe in the cycle of life. That coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success. To act upon these beliefs, every year since 1995, the Chappaquiddick Tribe has convened for its annual gathering at the Chappaquiddick Indian Burial Ground to honor our ancestors and rich history.

Related Documents

Petition of Benjamin Smith to the Massachusetts General Court
Annual Report of Frederic Baylies
Comparison Between William Apes' An Inquiry into the Education, etc. and Statement of the Means of Education, etc.
Copy of Enoch Coffin's Judgement against John Myers
Copy of Enoch Coffin's Judgement against John Myers
Letter of Frederick Baylies to James Walker
Letter of Frederick Baylies to James Walker with Copies of Judge Davis' Letters of September 8, 1810 and January 10, 1811
Letter of John Davis to Frederick Baylies
Letter of John Davis to Frederick Baylies
Letter of John Davis to Josiah Quincy
Letter of the Inhabitants of the Town of Edgartown to the Court of the General Sessions of the Peace for Dukes County, Massachusetts
Map by Ezra Stiles of Martha's Vineyard, Elizabeth Islands, and Portions of the Mainland
Map of Martha's Vineyard
Memorial of Isaiah Johnson and Other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts
Minutes respecting the Marshpee Difficulties
Petition Leavitt Thaxter, Guardian of the Chappaquidick Indians, Isaiah Belain, and Daniel Webquish to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Abigail Laton and Others Chappaquiddick Indians to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts
Petition of Abraham Brown to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Barnard C. Marchant, Guardian of the Chappaquiddick Indians, to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Benjamin Davis, Chairman of the County Commissioners of Dukes County, to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Cornelius Huxford and Others to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Daniel Fellows, Jr. , Guardian of the Chappaquiddick and Christiantown Indians, to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Daniel Fellows, Jr. , Guardian of the Chappaquiddick and Christiantown Indians, to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Daniel Fellows, Jr., Guardian of the Chappaquiddick and Christiantown Indians, to the Governor and Council of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Petition of Dr. John Pierce to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Freeman Sanders and Other Edgartown Men to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of George Johnson and other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Hannah Porridge and Other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Isaiah Belain and Other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Isaiah Belain, Abraham Brown, and Lawrence Prince to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of James Athearn and Jonathan Allen on Behalf of the Towns of Tisbury and Chilmark to the Massachusetts General Assembly
Petition of Jethro Dagget and Others to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of John Coquet and other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of John Myers to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of John Norton of Edgartown to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of John Norton to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of John Pease, Jr. to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Margaret Peters and Other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Mary Cook and other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Matthew Mayhew and Others to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts
Petition of Matthew Mayhew of Martha's Vineyard and James Coffin of Nantucket to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Sally Burr to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Samuel and Martha Peters to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Samuel Peters and other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts
Petition of Samuel Peters and other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts
Petition of Samuel Peters and Other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts
Petition of Samuel Peters and other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Simon Athearn to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Simon Porridge and Other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts
Petition of Simon Porridge and other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Simon Porridge, George Johnson, Jr., John Joel, Jr., and other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the Island of Chappaquiddick to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Sundry Natives of Chappaquiddick to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of the Chappaquiddick Indians to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts
Petition of the Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of the Guardians of the Indians on Martha's Vineyard to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Thomas H. Lambert, Chairman of the County Commissioners of Dukes County, to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Thomas Jernegan and Other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Valentine Pease and Other Chappaquiddick Indians to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Valentine Pease and Others to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Zadock Simpson and Other Chappaquiddick Indians to George Briggs, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Petition of Zechariah Mayhew to the Massachusetts General Court
Report on the Petition of Agents of the Towns of Chilmark and Tisbury to the Massachusetts General Court
Resolve of the Massachusetts General Court on the Petition of Zechariah Mayhew
Resolve on the Petition of Jane Tackanash to the Massachusetts General Court
Response of Agents for the Town of Edgartown to the Petition of Inhabitants of Tisbury and Chilmark to the Massachusetts General Court
Response of the Chappaquiddick Indians to John Norton's Petition to the Massachusetts General Court
Summary of Harvard College Records relative to the Mashpee Indians
Table of Contents for Harvard Corporation's Records relating to the Marshpee Indians, 1811-1841

Biographies