Mashpee’s Own Tribal Zombie Apocalypse

Trouble In Indian Country

In some Indian Tribes, particularly west coast tribes with casinos, disenrollment is a growing problem. Disenrolled members lose all their rights as tribal citizens and are cut off from all benefits. In the case of the Pechanga, that means the end of $20K checks each month—and the increase in the remaining members checks.

A young Mashpee Wampanoag posted a link to a YouTube video on the subject, followed by the usual likes and comments, mostly comments about the greed that can result from sudden riches for people who never had money before. $20,000 a month, that’s almost a quarter million a year. And that’s not enough?

Digging Up Bodies

So it went, as you scan down the page, until you reach this line:

Paula Peters Shameful to think how close we came to this. So glad our future is in the hands of tribe members like you Brian. Stay strong.

 What is she talking about, one wonders. Why is she coming from out in left field with a statement like this? Then someone who knows poses the question:

 Paul Mills So Paula, are you trying to say that the diligent and careful consideration of past enrollment workers is somehow equivalent to disenrollment? do you really want to go there?

 It would seem that Paula is attacking the integrity and competence of the genealogists and membership committees. But there’s even more:

 Paula Peters So that was diligent and careful consideration that disenrolled my Aunt Amelia and three others for asking questions??? Hmmm…. Like I said Brian, stay strong.

 So, There it is, she wants to dig up old bodies, and for what purpose? Is there going to be some sort of propaganda campaign to try to discredit the proper and constitutional means of placing candidates for membership on the rolls?

Let us continue:

Paul Mills First of all, Amelia was not disenrolled. Please do not spread lies. And the shunning was not for asking questions, it was for suing INDIVIDUALS in superior court, and in fact, making it impossible for my niece to refinance her house. The suit placed lis pendens on all properties and threatened peoples livelihoods. When are you going to smarten up? You may fool these young kids, but no one else.

 

Clearing The Air

Why don’t we start with the truth.

  • Paula Peters lost her lawsuit in Barnstable Superior Court against the Tribe for not putting her on the ballot in a Tribal election. She could have easily gotten on that ballot had she done like all other candidates and showed proof of meeting attendance, but refused, in her own uniquely narcissistic way, because she was above all that.
  • In the next chapter, we find Amelia Bingham and others filing another lawsuit, this time for $7 million, claiming financial mismanagement by the Tribal administration. The suit was not just against the administration as a governing body, but against each and every individual member, as well as against their property and assets. Are you hearing me? They tried to ruin people. Not only that, but they got their exhibits wrong through bad research, claiming property that was owned by non-Tribal people and supplying wrong addresses. Paula’s name was not on the suit, but I guarantee her hand was in it.
  • At an emergency meeting of the Tribal Council subsequent to the papers being served, there was a discussion of what the Tribe could do to the individuals involved in the suit. Several remedies were discussed. Chairman Marshall indicated that disenrollment would be unconstitutional, whereupon Jessie “Little Doe” and Chief Lopez both advanced the idea of “shunning,” that is, suspending all rights of membership emanating from the Tribe, but not those due from federal sources. Chairman Marshall neither conceived of nor did he vote on shunning.
  • At Barnstable Superior Court, the lawyers for Amelia Bingham, et al, encountered a skeptical judge, who questioned their motives for bringing the suit. The suit was without merit.
  • The only thing that the judge ordered was that Tribal members had the right to see financial records. The Tribe promptly complied and gave the opportunity and with the Tribal office vacated, Stephen Bingham, Amelia’s son, was handed the books. Nothing came out of that inspection.

Is This Necessary?

Of course not. The problem here is the continued use, by Tribal and non-Tribal people alike, of the technique of the “Big Lie.” If you tell a lie loud enough and long enough it becomes the truth, right?  You the reader, who may not have been privy to the events that took place while you were in middle school or were too busy to pay attention, really need to learn what transpired and those who were the actors in this drama.  Not all things are as they appear, and there are many skeletons in closets.

We will continue to tell the truth.

Todays Big Payday

It’s budget day and tribal members will decide if we keep paying big money for unfulfilled promises, or try to start over. Removing the Mashpee Wampanoag Gaming Authority from the budget with an ordinance does not make it so.  The Tribe is responsible for deciding that because it’s mandated in the Constitution ….which is the ultimate legal authority. Cedric the Tobey and Navajo Joe know this but they are very desperate right now and so is Yvonne, Trish, and Robbie ….because they pay for all that bad legal advice, worthless consulting, and really awful PR out of this slush fund and who knows who else.  Remember Genghis Khan? That bad boy’s been having a field day with that Mashpee Wampanoag Gaming Authority. He has a tax ID number an everything….ask Ceddie.

Genghis has a Tax ID number with the Mashpee Wampanoag Gaming Authority. Direct deposit to a Swiss account.

But the vote on this budget ( which is the first time we’ve ever had one in 5 years…all those other budgets and loans were illegal).  If the Tribe votes it down, expect Cedric to proceed with his illegal funding of the Gaming Authority.  Also expect it to trigger an investigation and more federal lawsuits.

The grand opening of the government center was interesting.  Big shortage all around on Tribal members and elected officials…only 2 out of about 15,( including the governor MIA) were in attendance for Cedric’s pontifications and blather about the project that was secured and  funded by USDA  under the PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, This guy has never had an original or cohesive idea in his life.  Remember…  he didn’t know what the Tribal Roll was and had to coached on getting his paper work together to become a legal member of the Tribe (2006).  Too much Dorchester and Roxbury Community College influence.

But again its all about getting a donut  for $80m.  If we could eat that building (built on a swamp) now that would be worth something.

 

FLAWLESS—- LAWLESSNESS

There seems to be some confusion over the definition of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, at least in the mind of Cedric the Tobey. He says the Council is the Tribe.  But an elementary school student knows the people are the Tribe.

The supreme laws of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are embodied in the Tribal Constitution that tells us that our budget  must be voted on and approved by us before implemented.  These supreme laws dictate to the Council …..course that’s how it works in the rest of the country….with Cedric and his wacky side kicks and  sorry attorneys…. lawlessness rules the day. There’s little support for the budget and at the last Sunday meeting over 100 members were raising Cane, asking questions and getting no answers. Clearly they were ready to vote the budget down.

It’s quite a problem for Cedric the Tobey because his rags to riches Marie Antoinette world would come crashing down along with the budget. What do they do? Protect their slush fund. Separate the Mashpee Wampanoag Gaming Authority budget from the Tribal operations budget so they can pay themselves out of the Authority slush fund. So all of a sudden the Mashpee Wampanoag Gaming Authority is not an entity of the tribe but a separate independent body?  Yaaaaaaah, when it comes to guaranteeing the pay checks of Cedric and his pals. What they have done is an absolute violation of the Constitution.   You would think with the Federal judge decision pending, they would stop handing  out ammunition.

It’s like this.  The Mashpee Wampanoag Gaming Authority has a $12 m budget that is spent completely unchecked. No records, no ledgers just money in money out.  We could be paying Gengis Kahn and never know it.  Cedric the Tobey has used the Gaming Authority to keep the Malaysian cash flow going.  Over $40m spent on  lawyers supposedly, who keep saying they can prove that we were under federal jurisdiction prior to 1933.  That would get around the Carcieri  decision “hurdle” that says the DOI can’t take our land into trust. That would work if it were true.  Trouble is all the proof of our status does not support that theory.

As we said repeatedly, that theory was tested during the very thorough  recognition process and soundly rejected by the BIA. There’s no way around it.  Well known is the fact that our only masters were the King of England or the Commonwealth….and Uncle Sam never had a hand in our oversight until they recognized us in 2007. Why tell the Malaysians the truth if they’re buying the scam and willing to keep paying the lie forward…what do they know?

But to show you how bad it is….one of their primo lawyers had a messenger ask Patty Oakley for a map they thought could validate the 1933 theory. The maps had nothing to do with anything federal…just some state roads.  That’s how desperate this has gotten. Its been going on for more than 2 years….they get richer and we try to figure out how we’re going to eat that God awful government  building.

Honestly desperation results in mistakes. An ordinance removing the Gaming Authority from the budget cannot undo it’s permanence in the  Constitution. Right. Tell it to the judge Ceddie.

Come on Joan, take a civics course

Cedric plays on Tribal members desperate hopes for a casino to get them out of poverty. He spends millions in unaccounted Genting money that has not helped one needy Tribal member.

Hey Joan Avant….review your civics lesson girl. In case you don’t know the US Supreme Court rules our world.  Just like they ruled in the Carcieri case that the Department of Interior could not take (our) land into trust, that means only the Congress can fix the law to its satisfaction. And the Congress isn’t thinking about fixing LIT.  Google it and see what’s going on with the Carcieri Fix. Dead in committee. Nothing. What you need to do is ask why we’re spending a million dollars a month on lawyers and consultants who can’t change that.  We have the worst most incompetent crew on earth making fools of us and  getting paid.

Cedric knows most people don’t know how any of this works.  He wants you to vote for that budget….to give you hope of that pot of gold. He wants to keep getting paid and string you along.  Ya girl…and your niece is right in there nodding her head so you can spread it all around….and nothing ever happens, cause they know you don’t know how the White man runs things….cause you never been involved and you aren’t educated.

Cedric is playing you like a guitar, cause you don’t know any better.

An opinion to the contrary of the US Supreme Court by the Department of Interior means nothing….it’s just another opinion, like yours, mine and even the President could say he believes we can have our land taken into trust by his DOI…..BUT IT ISN’T LEGAL CAUSE THE US SUPREME COURT SAYS IT AIN’T.

Come on Joan….that’s why they call them the US Supreme Court. It’s the last stop. Come on girl….come on….Cedric wants you to believe that he can get us that casino. This is his hustle to get paid…..you got paid lately? You made any of that 80 million dollars?

Maybe he’s got a magic act or something…5 years and counting….and the donut.

Joan Avant….last of the believers.

Will the last Mashpee bring the flag.

 

 

Tale of The Crooked Council

Crooked Council Chief. I know right?

The tale of the Crooked Council,

Is the story of an absolute mess.

The reason being the shear  incompetence,

And inability to do their very best.

Serve the Tribe are you kidding?

They could never live the legacy of old.

It was all about the Benjamins

At least that’s what we were told.

The worst of the tribe is at the helm,

With paychecks out of this world.

Livin’ the life of their dreams,

Just like the old Pharaohs.

It will all end when they least expect it,

Cause one thing’s for sure….

Stunneded is stunneded all day long,

And there’s not much more we can endure.

 

 

 

Update

The breast cancer stricken tribal member had to walk to the Mashpee Community Health Clinic  a few days ago to deal with her healthcare issues because First Lady Cheryl the Frye Cromwell, once again refused to answer her pleas for hardship money to fix her car.  How this woman  gets to the hospital in  N Falmouth is anyone’s guess, but clearly it’s not TFL’s concern, despite the fact that she’s the Council liaison to the health department ….ain’t that rich?

Lavish events that are of no benefit to the Tribe

Is this the reason for the great Masquerade Ball this weekend ? Attempts to disguise their abuse of people who look to them for emergency services and help? You can’t hide the degradation of this tribe at the hands of those who have never been in leadership positions. It’s not like Cheryl and many others on the Fryebal Council haven’t had their hands out for assistance….as recent as a few years ago.  She should know the pain, the fear, the hopelessness that is married to poverty.  But with death the potential victor, TFL should have shown compassion.  But you can’t even shame Cheryl into having some class. Anyone else would be driving the woman to the hospital themselves, and given her the money.   That’s the photo op Cheryl! All these other fabrications and exaggerations of your education only make people laugh.  It does not bring respect.  Serving people who have experienced what you experienced brings respect.

When the Fryes stole the election in 2009, Cheryl told the Mashpee, ” The Frye’s will be rolling in the doe.”  And we have suffered miserably ever since….and have nearly $80m in debt. Lovely.

AND WE’RE SPENDING $50,000.00 on a food event open house for the government building. It will be run  by a tribal member we all know, who doesn’t have a state food handlers license…she uses her cousins….And she’s out of a job so guess what happens…you’re supposed to serve 1,500 people…bla bla…do you think you’re going to have 1,500 people there? This person is notorious for running out of food…even though she’s ordered 40 bushels of clams…ha. It will be a hot mess….$50,000.00 should have been used to make money instead of spend money on a one shot deal that does not help us let alone feed us. We can’t eat that building.

If you wanted a class act with good indigenous food, and knowledge about serving large crowds, the Chief, Earl Mills should have been involved, and Janet.  They can cook, and manage food service properly. None of this is real. Just disgusting.

Next….the Gaming Authority end run around the Tribal Constitution.

 

 

Budget Boondogle? Bad Biz Breaking!

Rumor has it that the Tribal Council will sever the Gaming Commission funding from the budget, so that even if the Tribal budget is voted down, they will continue to receive paychecks.  Is this true?  Stay tuned.

Hardship on blast

How soon she forgot how tough life is.

This $24,000,000 budget has become  controversial, largely because it’s a lot of money flowing to everyone but us. Cedric the Tobey, and his charming wife Cheryl are worried. Very worried about this budget going up in flames. They are telling the few people they actually talk to, that a no vote on the budget will end the ‘hardship’ allocation.

Alright, alright, alright.

They won’t tell you who gets the money, how much, or how often…..but we do know the criteria;

 

  • Must be  Council members
  • Must be employed by the Tribe
  • Last name must begin with F and end with e

But the real story involves our cold blooded First Lady.  A tribal member  with breast cancer pleaded with her for hardship money to repair her car so she could get back and forth for treatment.  Not only did Cheryl the Frye Cromwell hang up on the woman, she wouldn’t answer the call back.

A disabled member could not get help with first and last months rent to have a place to live. Other similar stories unfold repeatedly where members who need help don’t get it. Whether it’s from the ‘hardship slush fund’ or Housing…nothing happens for us. It’s all about them.

Oh and Dr. Jo, all that talk about that “outside independent audit” is absurd.Who believes that something like that is even possible with this crew eh Dine? Go to HUD and ask them to do an audit and point to Leon Jacob’s shady deals.While you’re at it can you talk to them about “Tah Tah’s'” unauthorized Housing survey and her lying about applications for renovations and such.  She’s completely out of control and continues to harass tribal members for personal information.

BUDGET FINE PRINT

The meeting on Wednesday is being held in the middle of the day so the membership cannot attend. They will make changes to the election law, which is a directive from Genting and that mysterious Gaming Authority that gets over $12m a year, totally unaccounted for.

As Authority members,Yvonne,Trish, Bobby, Cedric and Robbie spend over a million dollar a month, totally unaccounted for, supposedly on a casino strategy that has generated a donut.The Pequots will build in Fall River while Plainville has already broken ground on a casino and we’ve spent  nearly $40m to line someones pockets and of course pay Cedric the Tobey.

We could have had a restaurant or two, several aqua-farms, guided tours and a number of businesses in place that would employ our people. Forty million dollars goes a long way when when there’s no casino in sight.   We have nothing.

Oh wait, we have another proposed $12 million tribal operations budget that no one can make sense of that has  at 3% raise in it.  What the tribal employees don’t know is that the fine print says its for Council members only.

By the way, Dr Jo, we presume you know that 4 administrators are leaving…in a hurry.  We don’t have any services anyway so  who cares !!!

The $15 m building (@ 21% interest) is still screwed up, but maybe with some mayonnaise and mustard, it’ll taste better eh Dr Jo ?

The last detail on that screwy budget

It’s coming up….

Ask questions, get answers

 

 

Ceremony after ceremony that has no benefit to tribal members. Everyone gets paid but us.

Today’s meeting is to ask questions and we should attempt to get answers to the many questions regarding the direction this Tribe is going.

It’s frightening to accept the fact that we have been held captive by a dishonest hurtful government that has failed to deliver even the most basic federal government services. The most egregious is the failure to use the millions borrowed to establish an economic development plan for us to be self sustaining. It’s an abusive relationship we need to sever.

Say no to Stockholm Syndrome .