Monthly Archives: December 2012

Running Bear, Running Scared.

In spite of the Cromwell regime’s bumbling and fumbling of the casino ball, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said they won’t give away the gaming license for 90 days .  The Commission will not accept commercial bids in the Southeastern Massachusetts region until Marc 15, 2013..

I have struggled to imagine what the Commission hopes to accomplish by doing so, particularly in light of the fact that every month wasted waiting for Cedric to pull a rabbit out of his hat is a month of lost revenue for the Commonwealth.  I sense that the Governor and the Commission are getting more than a little bit impatient with ol’ Running Bear and would like to be rid of him, but without the risk of seeming so.  Then it dawned on me.

March 15 is a month after the upcoming Tribal elections to be held on February 10, 2013.  Call me paranoid, but color me skeptical.  I would not put it past Cedric to campaign on the prospect that his re election will bring about a casino.  The false hope that he and his cronies have cultivated, and the debt that they have saddled us with can only result in the utter destruction of our Tribal community and all we have worked for over the years.   Don’t be fooled.  Turn Ceddie and his hench(wo)men out of office.

“Run, Ceddie, Run!”

Are we having fun yet?

3 months to do the impossible

No we are not.  Can we just say that this is not a REPRIEVE granted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  It is in fact a death knell  for the Cedric Cromwell Administration payroll plan. The Taunton casino is dead because the Administration cannot complete the Land in Trust, and had no intentions of doings so.

Genting will stop paying in February, reportedly.

For us it is far worse.  It means we have to rebuild the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.  It means we can no longer elect leaders who want the power and the title without the responsibility of  governance and accountability to the members. We have to have leaders who work well with others.  We need team players and team leaders.  No more go it alone, or “my way or the highway.”

Pulling this Tribe together will require the dependable leadership of men and women.  Our people have to feel comfortable with our next leader.   They have to know that he or she is actually listening to them and will actually take their concerns seriously. We are in a bad place right now. We can’t afford to put anyone in charge who is dishonest about what’s at stake.

Politics is not only local, it’s social.  You have to know and  like your leaders and feel confident  that they  have stood up for you you all along and will fight for you in the future.

And, there is no way we can get back on our feet without ever single family participating on every level.  Every single family…together. The Tribal members have to remember that they make that decision.


Tire tracks on the Tribe…Thanks to the “Greedy Bunch”

Genting did a masterful  job of feeding the greedy who head  our tribe. We are totally incapacitated and burdened with debt.

Will they join " The Greedy Bunch ?"

Now Genting  is reportedly  targeting the Aquinnah.

You may recall that a few years ago they sent Cedric Cromwell to the Shinnecocks  to try to  entice them into a deal.  The Shinnecocks said “hell no” so Cedric probably lost his finders fee bonus on that one.

Said no to Cedric's Genting offer

No one took the bait but the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal officers.

Genting planned to disable the people who are the greatest threat to them and state commercial gaming efforts…..that’s Indian nations.   Load ‘em up with debt and get them out of the picture. Well now Aquinnah is up for the taking. If they bite, hopefully they won’t.

The Mashpee were always known for having politically savvy leaders.  That went away since the “You Know Who” took over. Yes sir.  Those prestigious days are gone. Course, Cedric kept trying to claim that “Mashpee” legacy.  He is so obsessed that he believes his own lies. He passionately told the Sunday meeting audience that he  “ was raised in Mashpee!” The Sunday crowd shouted, “ Don’t lie ! “  “Why does he keep saying that he knows he never lived here?” No Mashpee politician has ever sunk so low.

Cedric’s mania caused him to run down the isle of the high school auditorium and charge his cousin Laura Tobey Miranda.   She was trying to get over a chair to get to him she was so heated.  It was understandable….she had enough of him. But it was a scene. The tribal members could be heard mumbling “ This is awful.” The embarrassed Tobey’s who weren’t arguing walked out with everyone else.

Tah Tah rubs it in when they’re engaged in Email Battle.  She refers to him as “Cedric of Dorchester.”  Tah don’t play….she’s different for sure, but she takes that Mashpee thing seriously. And you know her.  When she digs in, he’s gonna know somethin’.  We have to say somebody has to stick up for the Mashpee on that Council….and it ain’t Yvonne.  You know Yvonne, when people were asking her how she voted on controversial issues she said, “ I don’t rememba .” Pleading the 5th. Bet she remembers when she gets  all three checks every month.

Anyhow the Council meeting  was a circus and scary.  Aaron Tobey is a very sick man.  He reportedly had a stroke a few months ago and was in the hospital recently with blood clots.   He walked into the meeting swollen and bloated.  The Council told him to go home he looked so bad. He stayed.  It’s not worth it Aaron.

But it got hot when Cedric found some lost strain of decency. Economic Development Committee poo bahs Jim Peters and  his cousin Greg Mckinney, tried to ram through the Federal Charter again, without the changes the tribe demanded a year ago.  That proposal would set up a separate tribe for Cedric and Mark Harding.   Well they got Greg on the phone…..he was a little, ah, groggy or something…. Little hard to understand….any way the women on the committee had no idea what the hell was going on and said they didn’t know anything about this and claimed discrimination.  Greg called them traitors.  Cedric became indignant and chastised McKinney and Harding for trying to pull a fast one (ha ha).

Course when Harding saw the storm rising he hid in the bathroom.  A proper place for him.  The funniest  thing was the sign on the bathroom door. It says “CASINO.” Calton Henricks, Jr’s., mischief.


Credric Cromwell’s misinformation is embarrassing

Cedric Cromwell’s desperate efforts to keep his casino scam alive have become absurd.  Of course Reel Wamps has repeatedly  for told of the subsequent disaster that has played out.  For those few tribal members who wanted to keep this all a secret under the guise of  “handling our business internally” the Administrations incompetence has been hard to hide. Every gaming  expert, government official, and observer has said the Taunton casino was impossible.  But Cedric and his side kicks Mark Harding, and Aaron Tobey, have kept up the lies.

Not only has the Massachusetts Gaming Commission kicked our license to the curb (as planned), they made clear they’re not waiting around for some miracle from Cedric to get the LIT or prove we have a connection to Taunton (again, that we don’t).  All these actions are mandatory and have never been done. Anyway, the following opinion in South Coast Today sums up Cedric’s ridiculous propaganda.

Your View: Tribal chairman’s comments fly in face of the facts


Allin Frawley lives in Middleboro.

December 14, 2012 12:00 AM

As I read Cedric Cromwell’s letter (“Tribal casino will benefit everyone,” Dec. 11 Your View), I became very concerned with some of his statements. Not surprised, but very concerned. He seems to either not understand the process he is involved in or is deliberately misleading the public as to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s pursuit of a casino.

Mr. Cromwell states “we place great value in our legally protected right to conduct gaming in our ancestral homeland.” If he is referring to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, he is misquoting it. IGRA was enacted “to regulate the conduct of gaming on Indian lands.” Indian lands is defined as “all lands within the limits of any Indian reservation; and any lands title to which is either held in trust by the United States for the benefit of any Indian tribe or individual or held by any Indian tribe or individual subject to restrictions by the United States against alienation and over which an Indian tribe exercises governmental power.”

The Mashpee tribe has no such lands. Furthermore, the tribe lacks the ability to acquire those lands. (See the Supreme Court decision Carcieri vs. Salazar.)

If Mr. Cromwell is implying that his “ancestral home” is in Taunton, he might want to check again. Taunton is Pokanoket territory. The Mashpee tribe is, oddly enough, from Mashpee.

As far as Mr. Cromwell’s assertion that the tribe “plans on contracting with small business throughout the area for supplies, goods and services,” his plans change as often as the weather; this is the third casino site planned in less than five years! In both the Middleboro and Taunton intergovernmental agreements, local hiring and local purchasing is to be done “in good faith” and “provided the cost and quality is competitive with other sources.” In other words, no local preference.

Mr. Cromwell goes on to state the project is further along than any other project in the state. There is no state/tribal compact, and the first one was rejected. The land into trust application is incomplete and still not even listed in the federal register. This project cannot move forward until, at the very least, land into trust has been established (again, please refer to the Carceri decision).

Mr. Cromwell refers to mitigation funds that have been set aside and yet the tribe has not engaged in one

Conduct unbecoming a Chairman part I

The  Sunday meeting was reportedly over the top.  And the so called chairman went over the cliff. Obviously Cedric Cromwell is having some sort of breakdown.  He was screaming at the top of his lungs at Council member Laura Tobey Miranda about her handouts.  He was calling for the restraint of his cousin.  Some people thought he was going to come down and deck her.  Laura said Cedric brought shame to the Tobey name.

Another screeching match erupted.  Sharron Tobey was screaming at Myrna Nuey in the the audience.  Sharron was  berating Myrna about some ancient stuff and was trying to take her outside to fight. Parents were literally fleeing with their children who were crying .

It was  not a Sunday meeting where you ask questions and get answers. It was a good old fashioned brawl.

Part II ” I was raised in Mashpee!”

Out of their league, over their heads

There’s something to be said for experience.  We know this by how badly Cedric Cromwell, Aaron Tobey, Mark Harding and Yvonne Frye Avant squandered what political capital they had.  And they did it in short order.

Incapable of Running the Government

Even premiere politicos keep the staff ( for at least 6 months ) until they find competent replacements. But Cedric and his gang were so giddy with power, greedy and incompetent they got rid of everyone and replaced them with unqualified family members or girlfriends.  In a brand new government run on federal grants supplemented by investors…well it gets a little dicey.  Scandal after scandal, and no budget for the first three years they were in office.  No audio taped records of meetings for the first 7 months they were in office.

Consequently they have what is called “Tah Tah’s Most Random and Occasional Meeting Minutes “never to be revealed to anyone.” It’s so bad they haven’t had any minutes since June ( Ahemmmmm). Cedric and his former oh so cozy pal Tah Tah have been raging back and forth via email about who’s at fault for all this “mismanagement.”  All this is also emailed to the few traumatized staff who come to work. The place is like The Walking Dead.

Sack the Pros

The Greenhorn in them couldn’t be disguised. Early on, Cedric, Aaron, and Mark Harding went about firing all the professionals.  The nationally recognized lobbyists and experts in environmental, Indian, gaming, and intergovernmental law were all fired.  That left us vulnerable and definitely rudderless when it came to dealing with the Carceri decision in particular.  The Trifecta was clueless about the case that could have been addressed early on and remedied by these professionals.  Hopes for our casino ended with that incredible misstep. We would have had our own sovereignty casino.  We would not need a state license to have gaming. They didn’t care about land in trust and establishing a real government and tribal court.  They just wanted to get paid.

Then they started firing tribal members with expertise and bullying the Elders. They fired the Elders too and finally ran them off the tribal council grounds when they demanded financial statements and records. Aaron created his famous “Elders Council” made up of his family members under 62 years of age. They never had more than 5 members who wore bomber jacket to identify themselves. Tribal members ignored them and recently they were disbanded.  So now they busy themselves disrupting the Elders meetings with their boisterous defense of “Aaron’s Crappy Compact” and such.

 The Truth about Middleboro

The Middleboro deal fell apart for two reasons.  Cedric would not sign the agreement to continue the financial relationship with the investors, but he wanted them to keep paying $330 K a month without explanation of expenditures. After all, there was no more professional staff to pay, he fired them all. He abandoned the intergovernmental agreement with the Town of Middleboro.  The collapse of the deal had nothing to do with Glenn Marshall and everything to do with vengeance and poor business acumen. The deal was 99% complete with the tedious environmental and ancient land ties validated for land in trust.  The beautiful land site exceeded 530 acres ( for $6 m). The $225 m commitment to the town was for the mandatory infrastructure (expansion of roads, emergency, police & fire services to accommodate thousands of new people) payments required with all high impact developments such as a resort casino. It was broken up into installments over 20 years. More importantly, the Tribe partnered in a good faith effort with the state to complete highway 44.The investors got 6% of the net profits, tribal members got a decent initial installment that increased, and Middleboro got   the benefits of a real resort casino.  Oh yeah….we got a reservation in Mashpee and Middleboro and true sovereignty. Course you will recall Cedric let that LIT application languish and be rejected last January.

Cedric, Aaron, Mark and Tah Tah kept paying themselves these huge salaries with no job descriptions, just titles. When  they got into office, they ran through about $2 m in 6 months on God knows what. By May of 2009 the investors stopped paying. They stopped paying themselves for a few months and Mark Harding brought the Genting deal to the table.  It was the ultimate desperation play to keep a salary for themselves and their family members.  During a recession and with their ignorance of Carceri, the Cromwellians signed  away our future on a deal with Genting that benefited them only.

The 17% interest on the loan is staggering. Twelve lawyers making huge money on impossible ventures. Nothing has panned out for this administration.  Raynham, Fall River (millions lost on land designated for the Bio Tech by the state), Plymouth, and finally Taunton. Taunton. 40 acres that are buildable. No hope of getting land into trust, no expert to do the ancient ties to Taunton (because we have none), a blank environmental evaluation ( takes years). The compact was so bad the Department of Interior questioned whose side Aaron Tobey was on. Between 20%– 25% goes to each of these entities;  the state, the town and Genting, leaving tribal members nothing and enough to give the Cromwellians a check for getting us into the mess. It’s clear Genting is gonzo by the deadline they set of May…some sources say sooner.  It‘s not soon enough.

But it’s also clear that state lawmakers and the Gaming Commission are weary of the incompetence and have no faith in Cedric’s ability to get this done.  They want timelines and plan to bid this out.  And the Cromwellians  have to face the Feds about all those unaccounted for millions. Last we knew, Cedric, Aaron and Cheryl Frye Cromwell were still under active  federal subpoenas “continued indefinitely”.   So Brooke Scannell can write all the columns she wants for Cedric, saying everything’s just grand.   People,  we were better off 40 years ago.

A moron knows Middleboro was an immensely better deal for the Tribe than Taunton.  You have to be crazy to even dream of building a resort casino in Taunton on 40 acres. Ahemmm.

Elders say we must restore traditional values

The future of the tribe was the focus of a dialogue between family leaders of the Elders and about 15 tribal members .  Chief Earl Mills listened

Chief Mills says we must be guided by traditional values

and agreed that the Tribe had veered  off course badly.  The lack of  understanding of  tradition is the cause he said.  The Chief said traditional values is more than rituals.  It is the understanding and use of the things our parents and Elders taught us.  The Chief said we must come together and restore  our core values.

We were taught  to protect and care for each other. They taught us that  human courtesy, respect and decorum is the fabric of the Mashpee people.

We respect and love our providers…the hunters and fishermen.  Whatever  befalls us they will provide for us, just as their fathers and grandfathers did.  If a family is without others will make sure we don’t starve….if you can’t do it yourself.  This is a tradition. It would be done without comment.

Our political tradition is one of  chastisement, and directness,that demands strong unwavering  leadership… the right direction. Our people are hard task masters but they are generous with their thanks and have been for generations.  Our leaders stayed in line to avoid being embarrassed and dressed down. They could always face us….they could always break bread, have coffee,  have a drink,  bring you some  quahogs and laugh about something foolish. We always shook hands and were friends again if there was a falling out.

Not now.

But we are lead by people who are not traditional in any way. Outsiders who hide from us because they cannot face us.   They don’t have the passion or pride of the Mashpee Wampanoag.

They are unworthy of us. Unworthy.

They have done things that the Mashpee just do not do.

They have alienated our Elders.

They failed to address the unmet needs of our people collectively.

The absolute greed and deception that has consumed certain Council members and staff is horrible.

The destruction of  our good will with the surrounding communities and governments is unbelievable.

The mistreatment of our friends is embarrassing.

It’s not the Mashpee way.

It’s tantamount to being occupied by a foreign government.

Well….we all know what happens to the occupiers and the ones who marched their own people to a horrible end.