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.

Shovel Ready Ceddie…..Spooked again

Signs sent Shovel Ready Ceddie a message he couldn't take.

Whoever put the signs up had Shovel Ready Ceddie really goin’.  He was all worked up, runnin’ all around.  Shovel Ready spins the BS but even that hasn’t played well with his fan club which had been reduced to Francie and the First Lady (and word is the latter could be in doubt). They call Francie the Deaconess she’s so so righteous ya know.

Shovel Ready was so upset he called all the tribal staff  to a meeting, stood before them,  clutching all the signs he had confiscated shouting that ” They want to know where the $90 million went. It went into land in trust.”  This is where Shovel Ready Ceddie’s sanity comes into  question.The Land in trust trilogy will never end because there is no process for us to complete it legally. Everyone understands this, and so does Shovel Ready Ceddie.   Matter of fact  during the last Sunday meeting,he started that crap about LIT in 60 – 90 days.   Normally his trained seals applaud wildly.  There was silence.

Look at it this way. Who would spend $90 million on a project that can’t be completed  under

Not very representative of the Mashpee

current circumstances ? Well Shovel Ready Ceddie and crew is being paid hefty salaries to allow millions of dollars to be circulated through our tribe and on to other destinations. We know what that is.   Yeah….the lawyers over billed and consultants gouged and over paid staff does nothing.   but it doesn’t add up to $90 million.

Ever notice how Shovel Ready says very little these days?  You don’t hear him talking about keeping documents from the feds…no you don’t. He’ll pretend he knows nothing. Bet they’ll believe that.

Only the numbskulls like the Deaconess and Robbie are silly enough to  deny the federal government information. There’s still time you two, Whistle-bower or witness protection.  Pretty good options.

 

As the sun sets

When Navajo Joe ( Mark Tilden) comes east to do business with the Mashpee, he no longer crosses the bridge.  Shovel Ready Ceddie has to get in his limo and come to Boston.  NJ wants no pictures taken of him in the” tomb,”  “echo chamber” or the so called “government center.” It’s too dangerous.  Navajo Joe has made millions off the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and has brought us nothing but sorrow because he has protected the people who have wounded us over and over.  Now he wants to disassociate himself from these bad  people.

We need to think about where we are in this tribe and why we allowed ourselves to get here.  Outsiders who claim to be our people,and the worst of our people, team up with those who generations before exploited us to bring us to our knees

We have watched one council member and 3 or 4 other tribal members fight $90,000,000 in dirty money.  It’s time to decide whether the tribe is going to surrender or stand up and preserve our traditions.

Our surviving parents and grandparents are too old to fight this fight all over again.  We should  not lay down and let our destiny die.

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Scandal within the scandal

Reel Wamps has been gathering information about the Tribal Housing misappropriations and discrimination for several years. There are many things that have contributed to the complete disintegration of a program that is designed to help fledgling tribes like ours improve the quality of life of their people.  God knows we deserve a break.

Let’s be clear…..the Mashpee are masters of survival and have a nearly 400 year  record to prove it. The benefits of recognition were anticipated as the ultimate reward for years of punishing insult, encroachment and disdain from Cape Codders who resented our right to exist.

But that battle is nothing compared to sustained abuse of the 1001 by the Cromwell Administration that began in 2009 and is ongoing right now today.We’re not going to talk about the $90,000,000 debt that is clearly a money laundering mechanism for the investor Genting.

THE MELTDOWN BEGINS

Let’s just look at Housing. After Alice died,  for almost 5 years, there was never  a permanent  director or honest broker in Housing.  No one to keep the wolves away. No one to stop the pilfering of designated money for tribal members who need help. Leon the Lumbee consultant and countless others were running the office off and on. It is an office staffed by tribal members who have no education nor the experience to run a federally funded housing program. They were  in everyone’s business, blatantly discriminating against all the primary families and partying down.

THE HARDING CHRONICLES

Mark Harding’s  ( former Treasurer ) reign of terror is on the record with letters from the BIA  telling him and the Council that as a tribal council member,  and the treasurer no less, he could not be awarded  contracts paid for with federal money. That would be HUD. Harding continued to openly accept contract rehab work that should have gone to tribal contractors who were struggling during the depression that was crushing us. He was a sub contractor to White companies grabbing up everything, again shutting out certified  tribal members who would have done the jobs right the first time. And to top it off, Leon was telling tribal members that they had to use Harding for the work on their homes.  It was disgusting and illegal.  Those are just a few of his  violations of federal law.

THE MOST AWESOME AUDIT

The internal audit  recently showed what everyone knew.  The Housing program, like the Tribe was the victim of years of gross mismanagement and misappropriation.  The trouble for all those mishandlers is that they were tinkering with federal dollars, and the federal government don’t look too kindly on that sort of thing.  Just ask the Narragansett and the Pequot.

So the audit was only a year of bad news and it showed that Valerie, primarily, was handing out thousands of dollars in HUD money to people who did not qualify, she had no record of anything, (applications etc) to justify doling out really huge amounts of money.  Relatives and friends got rehab contracts without insurance or licenses and of course the work was shoddy at best. Nelly has waited for years to get her storm door fixed properly.  Elders can’t get a break from these awful people.

THE 184 DEBACLE

The 184 program was the poster child for discriminatory practices that were the only consistent thing that occurred around there. A few Tobes slipped in but for the other 80%, you know the saying ” If you’re not a Frye you need not apply. “ HUD has form 903 for housing discrimination. It has NO tolerance for discrimination when its money is being spent.   Leon with his ” worst practices” busied himself in getting his friends paid and concocting strange deals.  He covered up long as he could, but when it really got hot he was fired ( he worked for the Tribe at least 4 different times, screwing things up).

Valerie was officially fired after the Costume Circus, (formally know as the Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow). Well she emptied the hard copy files….brilliant.  We all know you can’t erase a hard drive.  Or better yet.   Marge and Robbie have to have a record of the draw downs.  So the trail will be tracked easily. In July the 184 was shut down by HUD.  Course it didn’t show up on the website until last week.. In a letter HUD Demanded that the Tribe answer a bunch of questions.

“DON’T GIVE ‘EM NOTHING

According to our sources, Francie (Frye) and Robbie Hendricks said ” don’t give ‘em nothing.”  Even if we had sovereignty,the federal government could come in and take everything out of that basement and serve everyone one with warrants etc. They can’t hide anything from them.

Anyway Robbie won’t do whats right for the Tribal members but  he wants to take on the real government?

STUNNEDED  ain’t ya boy? You should have gotten in witness protection when you could.

It gets worse.The so called Housing Commission is just as guilty of wrong doing because they are supposed to monitor the department, who was hired  and basically keep them in check. The Commission itself was corrupt with the mother and daughter team of Carole Lopez and Tah Tah whose erratic behavior and mental health issues are known Cape wide.  As the tribal secretary, she should have nothing to do with that entity.  Se has reportedly taken HUD money allocated for tribal members in need while making over $80K. More troubling is what tribal members witnessed Tah Tah doing.  Very very troubling. She needs help not a cover up. She should not be on the council.

The Chair of the Commission has been the chair for over 5 years and never did a damned thing.  She whispered and whined but she did not lift a finger to stop the misappropriation to council members, their kids and other family members or tribal members who did not need the help and would not qualify.

What happens next should not be a surprise, but we guarantee Francie or Robbie won’t be denying the federal government  anything they ask for.

 

 

 

 

Signs of the Times

There it is for all to see at the junction of route 130 and 28.  I can’t help but think that it is there for Mashpee folks to see, and Natives in particular.

While I don’t know the origin of the signs, the wording does suggest that the author has some intimate knowledge of the subject, either through involvement or investigation.  The characterization of the Mashpee Wampanoag casino plans as a “Ponzi scheme” is apt and deadly close to the mark.  Boston businessman and swindler Carlo “Charles” Ponzi bilked willing investors out of what would amount to a quarter billion in today’s dollars.  The Mashpee Tribe’s unwilling marks are not far behind.  Ponzi was, sadly, an amateur in comparison.

There are dimensions to the casino scheme that we can only speculate about, because we mere rank and file Tribe members are forbidden to know anything about the machinations of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Gaming Commission.  Meanwhile, corruption abounds.  We all should know about the cronyism, misuse of funds, employment irregularities, and so forth, but let’s look at what future investigations may reveal.

  • Kickbacks.  not really anything new, but stuff that the IRS may want to know about.
  • Bribery, extortion, and blackmail, oh my!
  • Payments and perks “under the table.”  More fodder for the IRS.
  • Money laundering.
  • Offshore financial activities.
  • Misuse of Tribal credit cards.

How can I say those things?  Well, when the activities of the Gaming Commission (Cromwell & Co.) are veiled in secrecy, what else can you do but speculate the worst?  I challenge Cromwell and his cronies to dispel my suspicions and provide solid proof that any of the above items are untrue.  I’m waiting…

Oh the irony

The BIA continues to ignore the abuse of Native people by their own governments.

The BIA folks are at the Echo Chamber to hear testimony on the changes planned to the tribal recognition process.  That’s all it is.  It’s certainly no endorsement of this administration as Shovel Ready Ceddie has tried to spin.

The irony of the whole thing is the fact that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is responsible for setting the standards so high that most tribes could not meet the  criteria. More ironic is the fact that Shovel Ready Ceddie wasn’t on the roll at the time, didn’t know what the roll was and had to be schooled on the importance of heritage and getting his paperwork done.  

By the way…the real Indians of the tribe have left the building. That’s well known.

And this new process makes it harder to get recognition because you have one shot and that’s it.Most tribes have no backers and cannot participate because they have no money.

The people who are responsible for our remarkable trek, many have passed on and those alive are appalled at our status. None of them are going to be there today, so expect Jessie to start making up stuff when no one can answer.  Maybe Navajo Joe will say something.

You have to figure that other than a free trip to Cape Cod, the BIA bureaucrats have to be a little curious bout all the crap heaped upon us by Shovel Ready Ceddie and his band of criminals .

 The money laundering is intriguing.

The debt screams investigation.  

Will they talk about how the BIA can’t take the land into trust?

The inability to get  land into trust defies the legal  validation of government sovereignty.

The whistle-blowers should be lining up.

The BIA will blow off questions saying this is about recognition….but you better believe this afternoon, the BIA folks will all be lined up to get on the boat to the Vineyard with Navajo Joe.