Herring Pond

We are the Wampanoag Tribe of Plymouth Indians, known present day as the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, also identified in historical documents as Comassakumkanit, Herring Pond Indians, Pondville Indians, Manomet, and Praying Indians, among others.

We have lived on these lands for thousands of years. We are a tribal community whose ancestral lands are located at the heart of the long history of colonization and appropriation of indigenous lands in North America: Plymouth, Massachusetts. We have continued to live within our homeland, and today we continue our struggle to protect our cultural heritage and land rights, and avoid erasure as an indigenous people. Our sacred places include our cemeteries and our meetinghouse (Pondville Indian Church) located in Plymouth and Bourne. To us, these are the places of our ancestors and we are obligated to protect, and to preserve them, for our children now and for all of our descendants to come.

Our historical reservation lands, which previously contained three separate parcels, mostly in Plymouth but partly in Bourne, total approximately 3,000 acres, namely the Great Lot (about 2,600 acres), the Meetinghouse Lot (about 200 acres) and the Herring River Lot, known to the tribe in the 21st Century as “The Valley” (about 400 acres) all of which were lost, taken or conveyed for reasons unknown to the Tribe. We are still here!!

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Related Documents

Certification of the Selectmen of Dorchester regarding the Petition of Mary Plimton
Comparison Between William Apes' An Inquiry into the Education, etc. and Statement of the Means of Education, etc.
Consent of the Herring Pond Tribe for Ephraim Ellis to Petition the Massachusetts General Court
Contract between the Marshpee Overseers and Phineas Fish
Contract of the Corporation of Harvard College with Phineas Fish
Deposition of Stephen Numock in the Trial of Eliakim Quacum
Information of Josiah Edson and John Turner, Guardian of the Indians in Plymouth County, to the Massachusetts General Court
Letter of Josiah Quincy to Phineas Fish
Letter of Phineas Fish to Josiah Quincy
Letter of Phineas Fish to Josiah Quincy
Minutes respecting the Marshpee Difficulties
Notes by Ezra Stiles on Indian Populations, Stone Piles and Vocabulary
Notes by Ezra Stiles on the Indian Communities of Cape Cod including Vocabulary and Place Names
Notes by Ezra Stiles regarding the Indian Tribes of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Based on a Conversation with Benjamin Sepit and Mr. Williams
Notes regarding the Stone Piles Based on a Conversation with an Unnamed Indian
Petition of Augustus Casey and Others to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Azor Harris to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Petition of Barsa Jeshel and Others of the Herring Pond and Black Ground Tribe to the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives
Petition of Briggs Alden of Duxbury to the Massachusetts Gernal Court
Petition of David Ralph to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Desire Sepit to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Elisha Tupper to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Ephraim Ellis to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of John Conet and Other Herring Pond Indians to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Petition of John Hunt to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Mary Plimton to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Moses Pocknet and Other Mashpee and Herring Pond Indians to the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Petition of Roland Cotton to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of Stephen David to the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of the Heirs of Simon Wicket to Governor Belcher and the Massachusetts General Court
Petition of the Selectmen of Carver to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Queries of James Walker as to the State of the Indians
Report of the Committee Appointed by the Massachusetts General Court to Consider Stephen Davids' Petition
Resolve on the Petition of Desire Sepit to the Massachusetts General Court
Resolve on the Petition of Ephraim Ellis, Missionary to the Herring Pond Indians, to the Massachusetts General Court
Sentencing of Ralph Jones, Robin Sepit, and John Sepit by the Barnstable County Court
Sentencing of Stephen Wampum, Indian Man, by the Barnstable County Court
Statements of John Bartlet and Eleazar Ellis, both of Plymouth, regarding Indian Land
Summary of Harvard College Records relative to the Mashpee Indians