The Eyes of Silent Drum

Silent Drum contemplates.

Vernon Lopez, our Tribe’s traditional chief, has traveled a long road in his 92 years.  From his boyhood in our little community to the D-Day invasion, from toiling in the Brockton shoe factories to being elected chief, many things have passed before his eyes.  Now his aged eyes are seeing things that, unfortunately, younger eyes may be missing.

In a surprising revelation in an Associated Press article, Chief Lopez expressed “mixed feelings” about Cedric Cromwell’s continued efforts at building a casino.  The Miami Herald article is linked here because they did not eliminate the sentence “But he does worry it could leave the tribe in debt or be a corrupting influence.” Many local outlets omitted it, I wonder why?

Ever true to his desire not to involve himself in partisanship, Silent Drum is the soul of subtlety in making his feelings known.  As we here at ReelWamps, and many out there in “Wamp country” know,  we already have monumental debt and rampant corruption in our Tribal government.  I fear the consequences forced on our people by the Cromwell administration.

I pray that the Chief’s aged eyes never have to see the worst of it.

Read more here:

Our Very Own Emperor — Cedric?

One of the advantages of having a little education is discovering how various writers will analyze the many foibles of men who find themselves with power, while lacking the most basic qualities of justice.  Eugene O’Neill wrote two of my favorite plays, “The Hairy Ape” and “The Emperor Jones.”

Brutus Jones was an American convict serving time for murder, who escapes to a Caribbean Island, where he installs himself as a dictator, Emperor Jones.  I leave it up to you to read this great piece of stage drama, but will reveal, that in the end, Jones is on the run from the people that he oppressed.  He had let it be known that he could only be killed with a silver bullet.  The downtrodden people obliged him.

You may  be asking “what on Earth does this have to do with anything?”  Well, you may want to take a good look at the leadership of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, in particular, the Chairman, Cedric Cromwell.

He has taken for himself powers and privileges unprecedented in the history of our tribe.  I don’t want to alarm you, but this behavior is definitely not the “Indian Way.”  Our ancestors were never under any kind of dictatorship, but followed the leaders who performed, those who had the best interests of the Tribe in mind.  This administration, in particular the Chairman, has only its own interests in mind.  Could it be that this is the way things are in this age of diminishing liberty, the bitter dose that we must swallow to become a gaming Tribe?  I don’t think so.

Brutus Jones traveled far from his home to lord it over the people of the island.  Similarly, Cedric Cromwell, who grew up outside the bosom of Mashpee, has never lived here, nor do I think he plans to, lords it over us.  Now calling himself Dr. Cromwell, he is showing signs of some sort of strain.  As Aretha Franlkin sang, “I ain’t no psychiatrist, ain’t no doctor with degrees,” it doesn’t take a shrink to see someone falling apart.  Frankly, I’m concerned about his state, I wish someone close to him would  intervene, but I am more concerned about the state of our Tribe and its future.  Heaven help us.

Damned Fools in Charge of MWT

" SHOVEL READY CEDDIE" is what they call him.....

The MWT is being held hostage by the worst people in the tribe.  For 5 years, they have been promising us a casino, and can’t even give us a food pantry that they actually pay for out of the $90 million debt they accrued.

And now Cedric ( Tobey ) Cromwell and his leadership team of Jessie ( Tobey ), Tah Tah, and Robbie are silent about our land in trust application because it’s languishing in file 13 of the BIA ” Waiting for the Carceri Fix ” file. We are in no casino land.

MEANWHILE the Aquinnah got the green light from the federal court to build a casino on their land.  How about that? Ain’t that amazing? Them!

Yah Cedric, Jessie with your damned pine needles and sea foam, Tah Tah shrouded in insanity, and Robbie who is petrified of the weakest man in the tribe….

Good luck on the Costume Circus coming in 2 days where people are allowed to dress like Indians and disgrace our ancestors because they do not respect us .  You allow this.


So it’s like that ehhhhhhhh?

Hey Henry, did you think you were a real judge or was it just to get a paycheck?

Tribal Judge Henry Socobasin is very unpopular with the Council these days.  For a couple of reasons. Daryl Tavares filed suit (from Barnstable County Jail) saying essentially that since the federal funding given the Tribe is for the Tribal members, they have a right to monitor it and see how it’s spent  etc.  You know transparency at best. Well  course! In the real world this is how it works…but in the Fryebal Council, it is not welcomed.

Well lower court Judge Robert Mills went along with the Fryebal Council concept saying the Tavares challenge was not valid because the Tribe was sovereign.  It was kicked up to Socobasin who said no not so.  He said the Tribe’s sovereignty was  spotty at best and does not apply to the question of federal funds. Course as we all know the feds rule. That’s the land in trust bugga boo we constantly talk about.

Well  people, the Fryebal Council went nuts…started passing all kinds of ordinances and resolutions ( violating the Constitutions for the umpteenth time) prohibiting the tribal members from even requesting financial documents and information from Housing in particular. It doesn’t matter anyway because no one gets anything from these birds who are clearly suffering from an extreme case of corruption.

Well, Socobasin agreed with Tavares, and refused to dismiss the case, so now CeddieLou and his peeps are going to hold a hearing on the 23rd to fire their former buddy. That would be Henry Socobasin, Pretender to the Tribal Supreme Court.

Ironically, Henry Socobasin is confirming what Reel Wamps has been saying for 5 years.  The Tribal Court is a worthless tribunal because it has no authority to do anything, without land in trust. Even though his ruling has no weight, it’s on the record confirming that the tribe is sovereign in name only. Henry and all the rest on the gravy train have been partying, golfing,and  eating lobster on the backs of our ancestors who brought us to a place where would would finally be able to hold our heads up. Now we’re ruined.

The Judicary Committee never did a thing either but mumble and complain …nothing to help us.   They did ensure that a lot of lawyers got paid to fight and ridicule tribal members. Guess what? We didn’t even have public defenders!!!!! We had to hire our own lawyers. The Judiciary Committee was so important weren’t they. Of course they’re all pals with the Fryebal Council.

Just like his former buddies on the Fryebal Council, Socobasin has been getting paid all these years to steal us blind and produce nothing….but injustice.

No Cedric, you won’t be able to practice law before the Supreme Court.

Mashpee Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell was “…so excited and happy” to hear that he would receive an honorary law degree from Suffolk U. Law School.  I don’t think he realizes that it is a nearly meaningless honor that carries no rights or privileges beyond a piece of paper for the wall.  Seriously, have you seen this:

That is the outside of an invitation to the affair being put on for Tribal Elders.  Nothing extraordinary about it, but you need to see the inside.  If you go half way down the right side of the page, you will see that Cedric has adopted the title DOCTOR!  I nearly soiled myself from uncontrollable laughter when I saw this.

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We have previously highlighted here the facts of Cedric’s inflated employment and education history. But this is just another page in Cedric’s history of embellishments.  Lets review:

What we have here is Cromwell’s attempt to clean up his resume to reflect his real educational background to reflect his community college and his non-academic community organizer “degree.”

What else has he lied about?

Self Serving

The echo chamber (tribal government center)had a little activity last week, but, sad to say, it only confirmed the pathetic state of affairs in the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal government. The leadership is leader—less.

A tribal member named Larry B went to the tribal office to get help. Now keep on mind this guy was a big visible supporter of Cedric’s.  He’s the guy to the immediate left of tearful Cedric’s clenched Dorchester power fist.

Cedric worries not for the Mashpee but for his bank account victory.

Well, Larry B marched into Ceddie’s office confident he would get some help.

Cedric says ” You ain’t even Mashpee.”

Now this is coming from the guy that Glenn Marshall and Patty Oakley had to define the ROLL to and help him get on the ROLL so he wouldn’t take us  under.  The damned fool isn’t even one of the 1001.  Ask him what that means. Good luck on that too….cause his family is not even close to be part of it…but Larry B’s is.

Anyhow Larry B throws his head back and says, ” What ? You ain’t nothing but a ” Dorchester nigg–.”

Ouch! WampaLeaks said that too after researching the guy.

Larry B is dragged out of the echo chamber by the less than busy security hired to protect the frightened tribal chairman.

Poor Cedric.  He don’t get no respect.  He did a great job of destroying us in Indian Country with all his stupid hub bub and made up tradition and record breaking indebtedness of a tiny tribe.  Anyone with Google can search our tribe and see that all Jessie’s fabrication is just that.  If no one in the tribe believes Jessie, why should anyone else. There’s no land in trust on the horizon. But there’s a lot of debt.

Almost a billion for a faculty that will never be built. And upwards of nearly 60 million funneled through tribal Gaming Commission without a casino….better believe  the FBI  eyeballing this.

Can’t you just see all of them pointing at each other squealing especially Bobby, he always breaks down.  Anyone who get’s paid to go to funerals is slimy.

Well its come to that…When Cedric, Jessie, Robbie and Tah Tah are leading us.  Okay.  No more reminders.

Ain't that cunnin'. Maybe we can sell that robe and buy some food cards or maybe that fancy school will give us some scholarships. Heh heh.

You got nothing…Cedric get’s an HONORARY degree from Sulfolk law. It’s totally superficial. It’s like  a  plaque.  Cedric and Cheryl are so ghetto, so uneducated they think it means something, or they’re running game on our people who don’t know any better.You’re paying millions to  those lawyers who have brought us nothing for 5 years.And you accepted an honorary degree for bending over, to keep that pay check.

What are you doing for our kids, our elders, our future? We cannot blame the White man.  These non Mashpee are devouring us.



Incompetence is deadly

We have a tribal member who has breast cancer.  She cannot even get the tribe to give her a ride to her treatment in  Falmouth, let alone Boston.   But the Tribal Health ( not Indian Health Services) promised to help her get to Boston, get her a hotel room ( Joanne Frye), and get her back after her pre surgery and surgery.

Instead she slept in the bus station like a homeless person…when she’s the member of a tribe  that has spent 85 million dollars  on  a casino that will never happen, and a bunch of tribal council members and consultants that have gotten rich thanks to people who are playing Indian at the expense of real Mashpee.

These humanitarian services are  so very basic and paid for by the federal government. Yet they refused to help a very sick tribal member, so disgusting

On the conference call, to get to the bottom of the total  breakdown, everyone representing the tribe called the cancer patient a liar. Lovely Dr.Jo, tribal administrator.  Clearly he has given up and gone over to the dark side…until he can find a new job… He has had 7 .  Oh yah, he said ” Hope you come back for services.”




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.



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.