Winnie underestimated

Can ya just give us a few tips ?

We got it wrong.  Winnie Johnson didn’t get $25,000 from Housing or HUD, she got $50,000 on two different houses.

That doesn’t include the broken down Bobcat she sold the tribe         (with no title)  for $16,000. It has never worked. It’s just ridiculous.

Just so you know people.

Let’s hear what Corrine, the chair of the Housing Commission has to say about that.  All this mess is under her watch…every bit of it.

Gimme one a them voided checks! Bobby ratted out

When does it end…the auditors stumbled on to another really bad accounting practice utilized in Housing.Lots of voided checks. It goes like this. They issue the member a

Bobby just can't do right.

check, it’s cashed, they void that check and issue another one.  What a racket !!!!! Not surprised? Neither are we!

On another front, the Tribe continues to offer conflicting information to the state and county about Bobby Foster’s income which is causing serious problems when it comes to his child support compliance. When the tribal salaries were released a few months ago, Foster’s salary was over $40,000 more a year than what

Robbie plays dumb.Is it an act?

Robbie Hendricks,the treasurer, disclosed the DOR.  So once again the tribe is giving out false information so Bobby doesn’t have to take care of his kid. Certainly all that doe, some of it payment for attending funerals, should  be used to take care of a child. But once again the Tribe is complicit in the dishonesty.

Fumigate everything !

Clearly Bobby has not interested in paying  child support nor is he planning to use his money to eradicate the cat like rodents the neighbors say are nesting in his home. It’s no wonder they live in fear. Scary dude.

 

 

Messy Jessie refuses to slow her roll !

Misguided obsession with power.

Apparently Messy Jessie’s charter school failure has just made her even more obsessed with controlling every program in the tribe.  Not only is she putting people in jobs that they are not qualified to do….she’s designating hundreds of thousands of dollars  for drug treatment programs under those very people who have absolutely no experience in managing that life saving program. And you know how money disappears around those birds!

It’s sad that she’s so power hungry that she puts our people at risk in yet another program that needs expert supervision by a tribal member who knows our people and is trained.

More on Messy Jessie’s foolishness later…just needed to make you aware.

Winnie, Winnie, Winnie !!!

Really Winnie...come on girl share your skills...

Winnie Johnson scored a big payday from Housing of about $25,000.00.  We don’t know for what cause there’s no record explaining the disbursement.  But we do know she’s on the Tribal Council, has a good job at the Health Department, so that kind of payola is not justified.  Maybe she’s getting a bonus for broadcasting everybody’s business who comes through for health services.  She does one hell of a job at that.

Word is Winnie is going to hold a workshop on how score big bucks from the tribe.

Just kidding.

RACHET

The shear magnitude of the housing mismanagement and misappropriation of HUD funds is absolutely astounding. We say that because Reel Wamps did an independent review of the internal  audit documents with the help of  a housing expert who has dealt with  HUD regulations for over 20 years. We assumed that these documents are the response to HUD’s demand for answers to numerous irregularities back in mid August.

It’s an automatic indictment.

The sticky tabs reflect the violations of HUD regulations and misappropriation of funds……each page is riddled with them. We stopped after about page 8. We didn’t want to waste anymore sticky notes. But it just went on and on.  The woman asked, ” Do they know the tribe will have to pay this back and people will go to prison ? “  “Apparently not,” we said, totally disgraced.

Seeing it in black and white confirmed what we already knew

And all the Elders begging for weatherization.  Nellie Hicks Ramos waited over two years for them to fix her windows and storm doors.  The workers they sent were totally unqualified, not licensed, insured or bonded….they got paid for shoddy work, when they did anything, because they were relatives of a certain housing employee. The repairs are still incomplete.

This only reflects a year of evaluation of Housing books.There are $304,411 worth of expenditures during that time, for things like “rental down payment” “eviction prevention”  “rental subsidy” and $97,526.50 for 26 “weatherization and rehab” jobs.  We’ll do the math for you….that averages out to $3,751 each. You could get a new bathroom for that never mind rehab….and we’re sure many people with the right last name added on to their homes with the help of  their relative. It is outrageous ! And illegal.

Rest assured, HUD is aware. And just because you got fired does not mean you are not going to be prosecuted.

Here’s the thing, they have the amount of money drawn down on the Housing account, but there is no justification for the expenditure. The auditor says that outright. There is no adherence to the guidelines for disbursement…..No validation of income, number of people occupying the home, what the total household income is, Social Security numbers are missing…people lied about the amount of rent they were paying ( doubling it in many cases ),  and still got huge checks.

The 184′s are worse.

HUD knows about this too. That’s why it is ” in a moratorium.” The new director is there part time and babbles about not being responsible for the previous wrong doing. Why are we paying her? To answer the phone? Sure, but you’re not qualified to be there even part time and Shovel Ready Ceddie hired you too.  Yah, so stop running your mouth, just stop talking.

It was just a free for all. The people who needed the help most were discriminated against.

A huge civil rights violation.

Blatant discrimination by people running the tribe and those they hired to spend federal money, were totally unqualified to run this very important program. None of them had a college education, certification or training to do any aspect of the jobs they were hired to do. The job requirements exist to prevent this kind of travesty and theft.  That’s also a serious problem in other tribal programs where people are lying about their qualification for positions where people’s lives are at stake.

Yet another federal violation.

The chair of the Housing Commission shares much of the blame for this disaster in that she has been the head of the body that has oversight of the department for the last 5 years. She never did a thing about the gross mismanagement, or the hiring practices.  She protected the White people she worked for on her day job, but she has allowed a very important staple in our efforts to improve our lifestyles to be ruined.  Now that everything is falling apart..she’s acting like she didn’t know and she was so concerned. A disgrace.

The Housing Commission is not the only problem in this deal.  It goes all the way to the top.

The Council leadership never established mandatory guidelines for anything.  That is a glaring  failure.  In fact Shovel Ready Ceddie sanctioned every hire and was signing off on extensions for Joann and Nancy on the 184′s.  More on “His HokaNess” later.

The Finance Director, Housing employees and all those people signing checks ( Shovel Ready Ceddie, Messy Jessie, Robbie, Tah Tah,Yvonne & The Deaconess) are also responsible for the wrong doing.The bank records are in tact.   Get the Whistle Blower paperwork.  Write the letter before it’s too late.

Just great people, just great.

We have more so stay tuned..

 

Nose Grows, It Shows.

“Don’t lie and you never have to remember anything.”  That line has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and God knows who else.  It’s true though, just ask Jessie Little Doe.  Her memory apparently failed her at the Sunday Tribal meeting.  Uh-oh.  But that is no real surprise, is it?  Seems she has had a previous memory lapse regarding the question of “shunning.”  (It was her idea.)

This blogger wonders if all the secrecy about the gaming deal was precisely so the leadership wouldn’t have to remember just what they said when they were lying.  Sunday’s magic show and mathematical acrobatics really didn’t work.  In fact, we have more question than ever.

Old Mashpee were not ones to be impressed by shiny trinkets and glass beads, and frankly, other than the cushy salaries of the big cheeses, that’s about all we stand to get.  There will be no LIT, unless you think that Harry Reid of Nevada wants more East Coast competition.  And even if Divine intervention were to occur, you can count on the revenue to be so low that we won’t see a cent, except the $12.5 million, just enough to run the office and pay the salaries of the big wheels.  We have a bad economy and people do not have the disposable income.  Four dead in Atlantic City.  Foxwoods on the ropes.  Kinda like building an ice cream stand in November.  It doesn’t look good.

Messy Jessie & Shovel Ready Ceddie

Herrin’: ” They say Cedric called the Governor and asked him to send the National Guard down here for the Sunday meeting.”

Roe: ” Go on.”

Herrin’: ‘I’m just tellin’ you what they told me.The Deaconess told Cedric he needed real protection….more protection.”

Roe: ” Wasn’t Mashpee PD enough?”

Herrin’: “I Guess they didn’t scare enough people. Maybe they’re not effective intimidators .But Jez….there was 7or 8  cops there wasn’t there….and the Chief?”

Roe: ” Yah. Bet the Mashpee taxpayers are tired of paying for Shovel Ready’s personal security squad every Tribal Council meeting. All cause the boy won’t explain this $90 million dollar laundry he’s got goin’.

Herrin: ” Has the Board of Selectmen ever had cops greeting Mashpee citizens when they come to their meetings?”

Roe: ” Well of course not. They don’t need to intimidate their citizens because the selectman actually serve the people of Mashpee. They have no fear.”

Herrin’: “I gut my rights too as a citizen of Mashpee, the United States and the Tribe. And the police should not be paid to   intimidate me or violate my rights.”

Roe:”There aren’t any rules anymore with them birds,they’re just interested in keeping that money washed….money in money out.”

Herrin’: “They work for Genting. All they care about is passing that  budget so they can wash that money boy! Nice and clean for Genting.”

Roe: “Man if we had that $90 million we could have all kinda tribal businesses, fisheries, restaurants, guided tours, tutors for our kids, a real substance abuse program, proper funding for our Elders program and probably about $5,000 a month per family. Maybe we could get some better gear to fish with.”

Herrin’: “Damned  right boy. We got nothin’ but a bunch of crooks acting like we did something wrong. ”

Roe: ” Well Messy Jessie and Shovel ready Ceddie are pretty scared ain’t they?

Herrin’ : Ya. Jessie has really gone around the bend now.  Probably cause the government wouldn’t pay for her charter school scam.  ”

 Roe: ” I know… and Shovel ready says he’s the Alpha and the Omega!”

Herrin’: ” Ya well if he’s God, why did he tell all those damned lies in the Mashpee Enterprise, and have Messy Jessie also known as Jessie Lies A Lot talkin’ like anyone believes her? Why doesn’t he tell all those lies to the Cape Cod Times?”

Roe: ”  Well Uncle Sam knows all about it and he’ll be right down.”

Herrin’: ” Is he bringing the National Guard? ”

Roe: ” No foolish, the US Marshals.”

 

They all came tumbling down

Shovel Teady Ceddie ain't so steady.

Shovel Ready Ceddie was enraged by news reports of the many horrors his administration has heaped on us.  The outrageous $90 million debt  is actually money funneled in and out of the Gaming Commission.The idea that Shovel Ready Ceddie has to answer to the people and be accountable for all this was unacceptable to him.  Emotion got the better of the Dorcester bro who released his anger on to the tribal website by threatening us and citing the constitution as the law allowing him to silence the growing opposition. Here’s his website tirade:

Tribal Council Meetings

Wednesday 10/8/14, commencing at 5:30 PM until 9:30 PM at Community & Government Center, 483 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee Mass 02649, Tribal Council Chambers.

The Decorum of the Tribal Council meeting will be enforced by the Meetings of the Tribal Council Law and there will be no exceptions to the rule. These meetings are held to conduct the business of the Tribe and not meant for an unprofessional & unacceptable behavior or disruptive environment. The Tribal Council will conduct Tribal business per Tribal Law.

As Tribal Council Chairman, per the Mashpee Wampanoag Constitution, I preside over the Tribal Council meetings and will recognize you to speak, otherwise you do not have the floor. There will be 15 minute Public commentary only for the Tribal Citizens and not for Tribal Council Member Legislators to engage in conversation or use this time for their comments. If the meeting turns towards a disruptive and disorderly situation caused by a person (s), I will move forward with removal of the person (s) from the Tribal Council Meeting. This is non-negotiable via Tribal Law. I expect Tribal Security and Mashpee Police Law Enforcement to follow-through on my removal decision of a person (s) from the Tribal Council meeting based on disruptive, dissorderly and/or hostile behavior.

In addition to the exsisting rolling agenda, there will the following added:

1. Future scheduled Tribal Council Meeting dates
2. Loan Note 14 Draw-Down
3. Project First Light Land Option Agreements

Executive Session:

1. Newspaper article concerns with Councilman Carlton Hendricks and Councilwoman Laura Miranda

Apparently Shovel Ready didn’t understand that the First Amendment of the US Constitution applies to the Mashpee Wampanoag,especially since we have no sovereignty (without land in trust). Our own Constitution says we can speak freely. He cannot arbitrarily silence us because he doesn’t want to be criticized.  His job is to listen and do what we want…in the real world of democracy that is.

Apparently Shovel Ready Ceddie’s lawyers made him take it down, fast….but it was too late. He was already indicted by his threats, and his efforts to intimidate tribal members with removal by the Mashpee Police. The Executive Session to discuss Carlo & Laura’s participation in the newspaper story is even more outrageous.  They are Council members who represent us. Questioning the smothering debt and and other misappropriations of federal dollars is their job.Too bad no amount of challenge and complaint can stop Shovel Ready Ceddie’s regime and its hard work for Genting.

And even if we were a real Indian Nation, the US Department of Justice can investigate and prosecute all civil rights violations against any US citizens.  They do it every time a state,city or county crosses the line.  The Justice Department supersedes any and all government authorities and prosecute when people can’t get  justice.

In Ferguson Missouri, police told protestors they had to keep moving, they couldn’t stop and congregate or even rest. They were trying to wear them out so they would disperse.  A court said it was illegal.  The police were impeding their right to free speech just like Shovel Ready Ceddie. Course the Justice Department is in Ferguson to investigate the Brown killing. Violations of civil rights of all kinds constitutes action.

Tribal members have asked the government to intervene since the Tribal court has no authority and little else will stop Shovel Ready Ceddie.

The lonely dictator can no longer keep things under wraps. His tribal government staff is panicked and talking way too much.  They’re damned near brawling over who will survive the collapse.

Tribal members will probably pack the room Wednesday night.  Shovel Ready can’t take that kind of pressure which is yet another dilemma for his shell government.

Hoka

 

 

 

May I ruin your weekend?

Ladies and gentlemen, please direct your attention to the chart below.  It lists the compensation (as far as we know) of the members of the Tribal Council.  Please make note of the fact that this is only for a six month period, so to get an idea of the actual numbers, they are at least double these.  Understand that this not intended to inspire envy or resentment, but given the lack of actual independent revenue, i.e., excluding grants and backer revenue, you may consider them way out of proportion, and this is just what we know about.  We cannot account for the possibility of “under the table” perks and what the Gaming people get.  You may want to consider the qualifications of the people receiving such compensation.  I leave it to you.

Click to enlarge.

You may want to consider the fact that all the $90 million we have so far borrowed has to be paid back, is spite of any lie you have heard.  If anyone tells you differently, demand that they show you proof to the contrary.  I don’t think that the non-existent revenue from the powwows will cut it any more.  We are so screwed.  Thanks Cedric.

They have turned our Tribe into a den of thieves.

“The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”

In the Thursday, October 2 article “Alarms raised on Tribal Council spending,” The Times brings to light what Tribal members have known all along, and what we here at ReelWamps have been pointing out for years.  This Cromwell administration may possibly be the most corrupt and cynical mob ever to run an Indian Tribe.  Financial information is sketchy, and frankly, suspect.  Salaries are way out of proportion for a tribe that has practically zero in actual independent revenue sources.  We would love to see the tax returns of the Council officers.  Even more, we would like to know what kind of financial sleight-of-hand is going on between Genting and the Council and the Gaming commission.  Does it trouble anyone that we borrow the money from Genting to pay the interest on the money that we borrow from them?  Huh?

There are many more questions on our minds.  Some of those were raised in the Times article, for example, the question of Land Into Trust.  Councilman Hendricks raised the issue that LIT can only happen through an act of Congress.  Good luck with that.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is from Nevada, home of the Las Vegas strip.  I’m sure he looks forward to more Indian gaming on the East Coast.

Cromwell’s assertion that Tribe members get a say in the matters through the electoral process is laughable.  Cromwell and his cronies have run at least two crooked elections since gaining control of the process, and all have some cloud or another hanging over them.

Worst of all the sins of the Cromwell administration is their continual efforts to quash dissent and silence even the softest of criticism.  It is nothing new.  It started on the very election day when Cromwell “won” and raided the Tribal information office and the padlocked others.  This very blog somehow disappeared from blogspot.com.  (One wonders whose doing that was?)  Any council member or candidate who dissents does so at his peril.  Richard Oakley was so harassed and left out of the loop that he resigned in disgust.  Carlton Hendricks Jr. was arrested two separate times on the night before an election, once for a non-arrest violation.  (One wonders whose doing that was?)  Carlton Hendricks and Laura Miranda are getting the same cold shoulder as Richard Oakley did.  Do any of you see a pattern here?

To add another Biblical reference, we have asked for bread, and they have given us a stone.  We have asked for a fish, and they have handed us a serpent.  We ask for substance, and all we get is worn out platitudes.