Monthly Archives: July 2014

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.

Where are the Indians ?

A Native from another tribe sent a video of the 2014 MWT pow wow to a family member back home and the recipient said, ” Where are the Indians?” Well ask Shovel Ready Ceddie. Each year, the boycott of  the tribal homecoming becomes more and more blatant.  And each year Shovel Ready Ceddie. imports more of his Narragansett buddies to enjoy our $120,000 costume party, complete with drummers and everything.

So we’re not being judged, it’s Shovel Ready Ceddie’s branding of the tribe

Annawon Weeden, a fixture at the PW is a tribal member, dancer & actor seen with Native Director Chris Eyre, was not at the annual event

that has really caused problems.And every year we can count on Dean Staten appearing in the newspaper photos of our pow wow.  He’s a great dancer and a really nice guy, but he’s a Narragansett after all.  You would think someone would say something to the CCT..

Since SRC is not a real Indian, our pow wow has gone from being a celebrated homecoming to a disorganized mess.  Only tribal children participate in any real numbers.  Let’s review this years fiasco.

First there was the monsoon.Not only did Shovel Ready Ceddie ignore it, and the danger  to the participants and vendors he applied PR spin saying it was a ” cleansing. ” Jeez, didn’t do him much good did it?

Each on the pow wow committee was paid $900 so no one was really in charge.  Cassie Jackson was the only one who took any responsibility for anything.  The others couldn’t be found.

The Arbor was not honored either. It was hard to keep any protocols together with a handful of people in charge.  Chiefie did his best.

It’s so sad.

Flying high

They just can’t get enough.  Shovel Ready Ceddie, his sophisticated wife The First lady, Melissa Hill, Yvonne Frye Avant, Trish Keliinui, the brand new Indian named Green who was the foreman on the Echo Chamber ( that had to be rebuilt)….all jumped on a Genting private jet for another lavish trip….

To view the $900,000 a month redo of the architectural plan for the casino that will never be built.It’s so outrageous it’s not worth talking about…our people need jobs, training, our kids need scholarships and tutoring and these people are cheap tricks for Genting.

Money laundering.

Oh No Dr. Jo flees empty & funky surroundings

Shovel Ready Ceddie and pal Jessie photo opt on fancy exercise equipment in the funky and empty tribal building.

The MWT Tribal Administrator returned from his 2 week vacation and tendered his resignation.  Everyone was betting (literally) that he would quit.He said he couldn’t do his job properly because the council and department heads go around him and do as they please.  He tried to put best practices in place, but the Fryebal Council does not adhere to anything but hiring relatives who never come to work and can never be fired.He said there are no rules to follow.  He was not allowed to do his job.  It’s a unfortunate for us, because the chance to govern ourselves again has been destroyed by families who are incapable of leading…and everyone openly says it now.

Shovel Ready Ceddie was not able to move the flaky agenda forward to silence tribal members and force certain council members to kau tau to Genting.They never got to it or changed their minds for now.

They did have to talk about the filthy bathrooms and total lack of cleanliness in the Echo Chamber. Imagine the worst filth smeared everywhere and that’s what you have all over the place. Someones doing it on purpose apparently.  The few Elders that go there complain bitterly about the filth.  Guess who the janitors are….right. Always walking around outside instead of cleaning up.  There’s no standard to meet with Shovel Ready Ceddie in charge.  Why was this discussed in the meeting instead of handled by whoever is in charge.  Disgusting.

Poor Dr.Jo.  We actually thought he was going to set a record….but he didn’t. It was a mere 8 month before he broke camp.

The merry-go-round of senior staff continues.Only the entrenched in the corruption stay on saying,“I ain’t done nothing wrong.”  The finance situation was another issue, the shady money, and Tah Tah Maddness scared the Bejesus outta  poor Dr. Jo. Can you imagine trying to cope with Tah Tah’s mood swings and screaming?

Others are also leaving as the the new girl Diedra Lopes, a big big fan of Shovel Ready Ceddie, takes over the imploding Housing Department.  The illegal acts that took place  in Housing are hair raising. So it’s hard to imagine who would be crazy enough to leave a decent job to take a job where federal funding has been misappropriated by so many. Clearly she did not see or hear about the audit.

Well it’s no surprise that the girl has no experience in housing, let alone federal regulations.  She does have experience in the corrections field.

That may actually come in handy soon.


Paranoia sets in

Fear and loathing people….fear and loathing.

Tonight’s council meeting is going to be a doozie.  It is the only thing Shovel Ready Ceddie has ever done that has the slightest semblance of  transparency. His paranoia is oozing through the pathetic double talk revealing an agenda loaded with items designed to end tribal members free speech. Exactly, and if they don’t like what you’re saying, you’re shunned, for a length of time befitting your outburst. All decided by the Council. And they don’t give a care if you like it or not. They work for Genting not you.

You may recall that the original shunning idea was the brain child of Vice Chair Jessie Baird,  that bastion of fantasy reasoning and famous self aggrandizement This latest shunning effort is likely hers. Poor Jessie, she never resolved her self esteem issues.  She will do anything to be important Her Tobey relatives still bare the scares of her last shunning episode.

When you’re corrupt,  you have to cover up.

Since the Tribe is sovereign in name only, you still have to follow US law. Free speech cannot be impeded, and the other problem is the lame attempt to cover up all the illegal activity in Housing. more about that later.

The other constitutional violation says that anyone running for the Council has to be a full time  employee of the Council. Who will leave their jobs to risk going to jail? This is totally transparent and targets Carlton Hendricks, Jr., Laura Miranda and others preparing to run in Feb. Why don’t they pay them part time now, if they’re so interested? If you’re working for the Council you damned sure aren’t going to challenge wrong doing and loose a pay check..And as we all know, Shovel Ready Ceddie and his crew are desperate to keep a lid on the gross theft and negligence that surrounds the Gaming Commission in particular.

Currently, tribal members have no knowledge or say in what happens to the over $ 2m a month funneled into the Gaming Commission…..that has no casino to govern or any prayer for a casino in the near future. We do know that $900,000 a month goes to Genting’s architect to redo the casino ( that will never be built).  If that ain’t money laundering what is? Genting knows we’re not good for anything else cause LIT ain’t happening cause the BIA can’t take the LIT even if we meet all the requirements  Jessie said LIT was going to happen in July. now Shovel Ready Ceddie says November.  Nobody’s listening anymore.

On to the funny stuff:

Marge launches search for financial documents-Somebody  got a hold of the Genting financial plans and left them in the copy machine. It says the gaming giant will cut us off at $150 million.  Jez…we’re at $90m now.  They just got another $10 m. Form a search committee Marge, they’ll help you find it.  Only requirement is that everyone has to be sober.

Shovel Ready Ceddie calls security…Actually “SRC” is so frightened he has Mashpee police on duty all the time…parked in front of  the Echo Chamber.  He can hire the cops, but he won’t pay for the things tribal members need.  But we got that $90m debt and his bobble head embarrassing us at every turn.

After 4 years of blatant mismanagement and discriminatory practices. Housing has a new supposedly permanent director from New Bedford, named Diedra Lopes.  Ms Lopes, you’re in our prayers.

Valerie shredded everything and screwed up the Housing files: This is according to our top notch Housing Committee that has worked so hard for tribal members for 5 years.The same Housing Committee that has as members the Tribal Secretary Tah Tah and her mother Carol who do as they please and take what they want from the till….unchecked. More later on the Housing Horrors. So don’t worry about all the  things that Tah Tah, Valerie and Leon did….HUD will find them quick, fast and in a hurry. 


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.