The following is a post from Cedric Cromwell, Chairman & President Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, on his blog to his fellow tribal members.
Wuneekeesuq Nutawâm kah Neetopak kah Masipee Wompanok;
It was some 420 plus years ago the Pilgrims came to our land. With their arrival we helped them through their first harsh winters, we gave them pride, dignity and respect. Our ancestors were very thoughtful and giving people. We believe that when we give, care, nurture and assist for the betterment of people, this is good medicine and it comes back full circle with good medicine back to those who believe and acted out of respect and harmony. The romantic story of Thanksgiving by Normal Rockwell was not accurate and truly didn’t depict the reality of the day, the food, the experience and the aftermath.
Our ancestors had commerce, trade, leadership and government, very thoughtful and artful thinking, developers of our one nation for sustenance and a substantive way of life. Our ancestors were very rich in the sense of having access, usage, sharing and management of all natural resources. Very amazing at its time and incredible to know in today’s words, like the word economy…. we had a high performing economy… we had it all and no Wampanoag was left behind. We had a vibrant, rich, intelligent nation of first people of this land with a culture and history of our people that goes back at least 12,000 years!
Our ancestors paved the way with medicine that is alive and well today. This can never be forgotten! We are amazing, resilient, strong, intelligent and self determined people who have always stood up to be accounted for and as a tribal nation, who made the tribe a better place and nation of communion and defying all odds against us! We are strong! United we stand…United we stand!
I give thanks to the almighty Creator for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to select me as their tribal chairman in the biggest election of our tribal history to serve, protect, honor, respect, love and advance our Tribal Nation for the betterment of all Mashpee Wampanoag people. I give thanks to my mother Constance “Lone Eaglist” Tobey-Cromwell for having me, loving me and bringing me into this tribe as a Mashpee Wampanoag leader and modern warrior for our sovereign rights and self determination and the American Indian Movement (AIM).
I give thanks and love to all of you and appreciate you!
Qaqeemasq aka Cedric Cromwell – Chairman & President
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe