Why surrender is not an option

The tenacious Gay Head Aquinnah quietly stayed the course and made significant progress with gaming efforts while the renowned Mashpee consistently lost grown lead by phonies who undermined the tribal core and traditions for 8 years.

The tenacious Gay Head Aquinnah quietly stayed the course and made significant progress with gaming efforts while the renowned Mashpee consistently lost ground and its reputation in Indian Country, lead by phonies who undermined the tribal core and traditions for 8 years.

There’s been no talk of the casino….for us.  Casino’s are popping up all over Massachusetts, even on good ole Noepe, Martha’s Vineyard.  Ain’t that surreal? The Aquinnah seem to have overcome their image as “wards of the state,” to go on a build something on the island, to the dismay of other residents.  There isn’t much opponents can do since the Aquinnah have the upper hand…so far…..

Us? Well that’s another sad tale of bad evidence and legal advice lead by a bunch of scam artists posing as tribal leaders. This is a truly lousy reality show with a finale that is sad as can be.

Ever since a judge said the Bureau of Indians Affairs could not take our land into trust the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been in a kind of death spiral. This is because Ceddie spent tens of millions of dollars on the worst lawyers, and damned fools pretending to be experts who put the bogus LIT package together.  That’s why we are back in no mans land.

Those lawyers and perps had no evidence that we were ever under federal jurisdiction and everyone including Ceddie knew it.  If you recall, the “Chairman” was stunned himself when the decision came down. Well the

April 2016 was the last time Ceddie was "Shovel Ready." The judge said stay away from the Taunton land that Genting now holds title to. Ceddie has morgaged it to pay his salaries and those f the paid Council

April 2016 was the last time Ceddie was “Shovel Ready.” The judge said stay away from the Taunton land that Genting now holds title to. Ceddie has mortgaged it to pay his salary and those of the paid do nothing Council.

whole LIT celebration was  Fryebal Council party that was short lived cause….the White people in Taunton sued.  They said they would and you know them….they follow thru. Well, the judge said we didn’t prove we were under federal jurisdiction in 1934 (lame evidence that we talked about over and over), so all that show boating Ceddie did on that overpriced Taunton land came to a screeching halt.  Nothing has happened in 2 years. Oh yah, the judge said no building on the property because the LIT was in question.

A dormant work site is proof that the entire casino effort was a ruse allowing the Cromwell Administration to gauge the Tribe for 8 years rolling up the tab to nearly $400m.

A dormant work site is proof that the entire casino effort was a ruse allowing the Cromwell Administration to gauge the Tribe for 8 years rolling up the tab to nearly $400m.

Here’s something we forgot.  The Tribe had no money to even lay the foundation of the Asino. Bank of America pulled out as the outside backer (check story on May 17, 2016) But Cedric kept paying himself the Council (except Robert Dias and Carlton Hendricks), and the do nothing staff. They just keep running up the tab that is supposed to run out in June

So last week the BIA says it won’t appeal the case.  That’s not a good sign at all.  But the judge said the BIA could take the 2nd tract and present new evidence that the tribe was under federal jurisdiction in 1934. The Tribe asked for a delay on the decision, another bad sign.  Most

There were strong inferences that the BIA was pressured into granting LIT to Mashpee and BIA chief Washburn complained about the internal controversy and warring that broke out in the agency over the decision.

There were strong inferences that the BIA was pressured into granting LIT to Mashpee and BIA chief Washburn complained about the internal controversy and war that broke out in the agency over the decision.

agree that if the Tribe had the proof it would have offered it in the land in trust application in the first place.  But once again there were suspicious circumstances surrounding the BIA decision to take the LIT.  You may recall that the head of the BIA, newly retired after the LIT action, talked about the war that broke out in the bureau over the decision to take the Mashpee/Taunton land into trust.  He discussed it publicly during a gaming conference.  We never had the proof.

So now, the Bureau has until June 19 to  “prepare a decision on whether the Tribe was under Federal jurisdiction in 1934, and thus eligible to have land taken into trust for it.” It’s a stalling tactic for Cedric…it would be easier to pull doves out of his backside that produce new evidence. God knows we were always under state jurisdiction only.

All of the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted on stalling tactics could have gone to building B&B’s, restaurants and expanding fishing resources, our museum and other landmarks inviting tourist trade.  But the real shame is that our children and adults are dying on dope and the money wasted on the Asino and salaries (malfeasance)could have gone to a clinic to save lives. We should have housing for tribal members in need.

The casino effort is clearly fading before our eyes, and to think that we never prepared or even saved $20- $30 million for our people is proof that Cedric is not Mashpee.  He is a just like Trump…it’s all about him.

We’re nearly $400m in debt and all we have is a echo chamber of a building and  a food pantry sponsored by the Boston Food Bank.




Tribal Election Monitor says voting machine broke down

Old Mashpee watched unknown voters show up to cast ballots in an election where the outcome brought the “F Bomb” repeatedly.  To add fuel to the fire, an election monitor said the voting machine broke down in the middle of the balloting. It’s an unnecessary voting method that has brought criticism in the past because it can be easily manipulated particularly when it takes 3 hours too run 700-800 ballots.


It’s an unnecessary voting method because only about 650 so called tribal members voted. It always takes an hour or two or three to count the ballots….electronically.  It should take 10 minutes with such a small number of ballots on the SD cards.  Tribal members could do a hand count in front of everyone, and eliminate any doubt about the integrity of the election….but who cares about integrity right?

And once again, the Cromwell crew got in with the help of Messy Jessie’s “Casino stalkers”. A lot of money was flying around bringing strange looking people in from out of state outnumbering the people who have to live under this regime.

IF the election results were to be believed…Aaron Tobey gave Cedric quite a run.  People are tired Cedric’s disinterest in their struggle, his dishonesty about our status as a tribe.

The squeaker was Carlton Henricks, Jr.  Losing by 4 votes to Messy J for Vice Chair. He will likely ask for a recount but is the fix already in?

Gordon Harris, Cedric’s bestie won as Treasurer with foreign votes and never campaigned a day…just like Jessie.  Just bused in outsiders.

June is around the corner….that’s when the money ends. Let’s see who sticks around.

How to spot a losing candidate

They don’t campaign or ask for your vote…cause they know, you know, they’re outta gas and just lyin’ some more.


  • Attack the opponent…relentlessly


  • Just hide cause you know it’s over


  • Vote buying


  • Falsely claim the establishment of Indian Health Services (only area working in the entire government…which is a mandatory federal program)
Winnie Johnson is quick to disparage her friends opponents when her reputation is easily ranked worst of the worst on the Tribal Council. Phew !

Winnie Johnson is quick to disparage her friend’s opponent when her reputation is easily ranked worst of the worst on the Tribal Council. Phew !


  • Like Winnie Johnson...who owes each household about $17,000 in $500 monthly allotments she pledged that were never going to materialize and never did.  Plus she owes us for the broken down backhoe ($16K, the $3,000 loan and hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary for doing “nothing.” Also pain and suffering for every tribal member who had to suffer thru her awful gossip and criticism of others.





  • Call Paula Peters



The big bonus for losing….and we’re still the BIGGEST LOSER !

There are bound to be some substantial changes to the Council leadership come February 12, and it could be the big break for Tribal members. But with the crew in there now, there’s always some smelly fish heads in the bushel.

Even in defeat, losers will still get paid.

Even in defeat, losers will still get paid.

Check this out.  If any of the incumbents loose, they get 6 months severance! Right. It’s like rewarding a kid for bad behavior. $300 K out the window. A bonus for failing to deliver and getting fired finally, by the people. That should change.  It also means that Robbie Hendricks will still get paid after his term is up. As much as we like Robbie, it ain’t that much…and with the money running out in June, we need to start investing in tribal initiatives, with tribal workers to generate revenue.

We have been spinning our wheels for 8 years and nothing! Time to look inward and invest in our own people and their businesses the old way. Not a dime ever went to businesses that would put our people to work in areas where they have expertise.  It is absolutely awful and smacks of glaring neglect.  Instead, we have a host of people employed by the Council in do nothing jobs.


Open seats always bring an interesting group of candidates.  In this case, we have two totally different tribal members on the ballot and a write-in.

Gordon Harris is qualified, but he knows that Tribal members are not thrilled with him because he is a total outsider. He’s never around and he’s pretty nasty to people. Worse…he’s Mark Harding’s buddy. He tried to close that gap by claiming that Alice (Mills) Hicks was his grandmother…..well that went too far.  She was his step-grandmother.  Trying to be Mashpeelike that is not cool.

Then there’s Angela (Marcellino) Shwom. Well, Angie is Angie. She exaggerates but give her points for running ( again) because let’s face it…most of us don’t have the nerve.

Denise Johnson Hathaway is running as a write-in.  Let’s just mull that over for a hot minute.  Okay….no need to comment.

This race is a gut check.  Do your best !




Taking it all in…at election time

We have a little something for you to chew on for a minute.  What would you think about the fact that the Taunton land was refinanced for $32 m and ownership was handed over Genting?

Marie's issues have taken a toll on her but she's allowed to continue to serve despite her erratic and unstable behavior.

Marie’s issues have taken a toll on her but she’s allowed to continue to serve despite her erratic and unstable behavior.

And who made the motion to do that? Marie “Tah Tah.” And what will it be used for? Well, to pay for all the unnecessarily exorbitant salaries and other stuff that does not improve your life at all. Tah Tah made the motion because she is about getting paid. We forget that she owes the Tribe $2,000 from the time her car was impounded because she was driving without insurance…we’ll never see that ! “She has a mortgage to pay,” according to her defenders. So what. You can’t get her to make sense or do her job as secretary.   And running for vice chair will give her a big raise. Right a raise. That’s insane, no pun intended.

Needless to say, Genting is no longer interested in funding the government that has no path to a casino. Since there are no backers for the Asino. Genting wants some return for their last wad of money and they can build their own casino.The mayor of Taunton is certainly interested in all this and the millions the town is owed. So the money that runs out in June, is going to salaries for some of the people who have taken us backwards.

We are worse off.

And Jessie Baird also has left her “messy” prints all over this administrative failure

Messy Jessie just can't get it right, but that never stopped her from gettin' all she can get and making it up as she goes along.

Messy Jessie just can’t get it right, but that never stopped her from gettin’ all she can get and making it up as she goes along.

and the huge debt. Her Kellyanne Conway “alternative facts” got our land into trust  rejected by the federal court. And all of a sudden she’s worried about our overdose crisis? Reel Wamps has railed about this horror for years and they did nothing….and now they see a problem? Jessie’s constant need for attention has cost us dearly. She has the nerve to want the job for another 4 years.


As usual, Tribal members have big decisions to make with limited choices. More later.

The comical candidates

MY fatha Russell…….”

This is how it goes….when she starts cherping nonsense, you start mouthing the words.  But she is not her father.  Nothing like him and she is trying to attach herself to the memory of Russell Peters Tribal Chairman of 25 years for any positive residue she can salvage.

Paula Peters in her virtuous white regalia. She's lucky the damned thing didn't ignite in a blasphemous rage and burn her to smithereens. She's been running behind men who don't want her since she came to Mashpee when she was 13.

Paula Peters in her virtuous white regalia. She’s lucky the damned thing didn’t ignite in a blasphemous rage and burn her to smithereens. She’s been running behind men who don’t want her since she came to Mashpee when she was 13.

Paula is running for Secretary.  She needs to be running for cover with her sactamonious blather.  Since she wants to talk about being a Peters…let’s talk about it. Like all families …they fight and stop speaking…but like all families they duke it out face to face….especially Jim. He likes to argue. Most Peters are smart asses.  And they think they’re the smartest in the room. Sometimes they are..

But Paula, she’s a weak, sniveling disloyal, power grabbing insecure woman who has been bad mouthing her relatives to other Mashpee to get votes. 

She talked about her cousin Gayle to Tribal members pledging to take her off the rolls if she were elected. Right.   She can’t  look Gayle in the eye and damned near peed on her self when she saw her in Roche Brothers last time she was home.

With only two Elder Peters alive, Paula is not a favored niece for sure.

But Paula, you denegrated your Aunt Anne, you of all people accused her of neglegance.  You forget your Aunt Anne knows of your total humiliation …but out of deference to her brother Russell she, unlike you will say nothing of the lie you’re living.  Despite the fact that it’s common knowledge to everyone in the  Tribe.

You are not worthy….ever.



From the sublime to the ridiculous

So when do we get some leaders? When do we get some officers who work for us instead of embarrassing us and stealing from us and lying to us about our future. The public humiliation should stop. From the Cape Cod Times…

Hendricks has abandoned his job as treasurer for many years and has destroyed himself with alcohol distraught by all the bad things he has allowed to happen to the Tribe. He needs help and needs to get it.  We should help him even though he never helped us.  He bowed to corruption.

From the start, Hendricks abandoned his job as treasurer  and has destroyed himself with alcohol.  He could be distraught by all the bad things he has allowed to happen to the Tribe. He needs help and needs to get it. We should help him even though he never helped us. He bowed to corruption.

Tribe treasurer faces OUI charge

And the winner is …….

Micky Frye according to Quahog Pie who has been doing his own calculations on who has the most kids on the Tribal payroll.  Quahog Pie did his homework.  The list is long and familiar.  But the question is, are they qualified and are they doing good service to the Tribe? Here’s the list that won for Micky:

Donna Frye-Johnson, Yvonne Frye Avant, Joanne Frye, Ellen Frye Sharpe, Kevin Frye, Nancy Joseph, Greg Joseph, Denise Johnson, Di Di Johnson Landry, Barbara Johnson, Bobby Foster, Loraine Foster Peters, Marita Scott, and Talia Landry bringing the total to 14 for Big Mick. But more Frye’s are on the list Francie (The Deaconess), her daughter Shelly… nobody knows what she does.  She just brags about driving a Cadillac, and Nancy. Then there is the most infamous First Lady Cheryl Frye Cromwell and her sister Kimmie Frye ( and their children are on and off the payroll).

Quahog Pie is confused by the bad things happening to the Tribe dominated by the Fryes.

Quahog Pie is confused by the bad things happening to the Tribe dominated by the Fryes.

Quahog Pie was troubled by all this Nepotism and talked it over with Weetamoo, the famous Pocasset strong woman.

Quahog Pie: ” The Frye people they are very dominant in the tribal government. They must be very smart.”

Weetamoo: ” Not smart, never known for being smart at all…just greedy.  Opportunists.  They defy the

Weetamoo tries to counsel Quahog Pie, but he is inconsolable.

Weetamoo tries to counsel Quahog Pie, but he is inconsolable about his Tribe.

Wampanoag ways.”

Quahog Pie: ” How’s that?”

Weetamoo: ” Wampanoags take care of each other and help others.  That’s how we survived the centuries. They serve no one but themselves.

Quahog Pie: “You’re right.  They have all the housing, they run the pantry, have every job and steal all the food out of there before the Elders, and the Tribal members can get anything. They shouldn’t be using the Pantry since they make so much money, should they?

Weetamoo: ” Now you understand don’t you?”

Quahog Pie: “Yes I do.  They are not even ashamed. But the irony is that the people at the top are all Tobeys.  And they never employed any of their own family.”


Weetamoo: “Yes, the Frye’s own them and the Tobeys are going to be held accountable for all the bad things that happened because the leaders are Tobeys.

Quahog Pie: ” Accept Ms. Marie.  They call her “Tah Tah.”

Weetamoo: ” And for  good reason.   She can’t seem to do her job of taking the minutes.  Which means that nothing that has been done by the council is real, because there is no record of it.”

Quahog Pie: ” How can that be?”

Weetamoo: ” That is who you have become.”



We were wrong

The Boston Globe says the federal appellate court will hear the appeal of the lower court decision that says the US Department of Interior  did not have the authority to take our land into trust.  We are a landless Tribe. Back to limbo.

We were wrong because we didn’t think the tribe or Interior would  appeal, but just  as we said about this case from the beginning….. It is impossible to show that the Mashpee Wampanoag or were under federal jurisdiction prior to 1934…..because we were not.  That was why the first judge said Interior was wrong to do it in the first place.  It hard to believe that Interior or Cedric’s clown crowd of lawyers and consultants will come up with the proof the second time when they couldn’t  produce it the first time.  It’s like pulling a rabbit out of your behind.

By the way, this has nothing to do with whether or not we were a tribe, which is part of the ” lame spin ” the PR firm is trying to put on the loosing strategy…..because in 1934 there was no formal recognition process.  The federal government only acknowledged  “treaty” tribes which were on the Daws Roll  and were UNDER FEDERAL JURISDICTION BECAUSE THEY WERE ON RESERVATIONS.  Of which we were not.

Our validity as a tribe is held up as the gold standard of recognition by the BIA. We produced  the most detailed documentation and  proof that we consistently stayed together as an indigenous community, on our land and kept our traditions. Unfortunately, every family that played a significant role in our recognition was removed immediately from having any role in our future…..even the Elders were driven out, which is the greatest violation of our tradition.  Instead, the least worthy of us is governing us. As Real Mashpee knows.  This has been devastating.  Devastating.

As for  the funding for the casino, Sean P. Murphy might want to call a few council members to see how that’s going. He might want to check on Genting’s struggling slot dump in NY.  Cause Genting is not paying for any casino.  In fact, Cedric Cromwell has stopped soliciting for nearly a year because no one was buying in.  As we said in an earlier post, 5th Third Bank chose to bail out Genting’s NY facility with over $400 m instead of granting a loan for the tribal Asino construction .  They said they wanted to wait and see.  Casinos aren’t a good bet these days and our situation is beyond bleak.

The appeal is a delaying tactic because Shovel Ready Ceddie knows there’s no positive outcome.  Navajo Joe knows that and so does that “winning” wiz kid “Attorney Arlinda Arlinda You’re Such a Big Spenda !”

Ceddie has an eye toward getting re-elected and getting paid until the money runs out in the Spring. Genting has been saying for over a year that the Tribe had to find  their own money.

Explaining where over $320 m went is the big problem for Ceddie and the Wicked Wamp 8. And finger-pointing excuses won’t do.

The IRS cometh and the Comptroller wants “the access code”

All the suffering we’ve been through, there’s no surprise at the latest ominous sign sent. The Tribe is being audited.  That’s not the worst thing that could happen.  Actually, it happens a lot, ask Donald Trump. You know Trump who’s so not into Native Americans.  The authority on ethnicity and then …not so much. We bring up Trump because when he’s in charge after January 20th…. the government might be trying to head off any questions of, “Why was this going on for 7 years?” Right.  We have been asking the same thing.  For 7 years.

Back to the audit. An IRS audit is funky…not pleasant.  So what’s happening is what we expected to happen.  Cedric brought in people (we all know who), to “fix” things, about a month ago. She can’t fix anything with a forensic audit looming, which is surely going to happen.  And guess where one of the problems is? Joanne Frye and the Elders Department !!! Hundreds of thousands of dollars in miscellaneous expenditures. Enter the poor White girl.  White girl Comptroller who wants the “code” bucking the Fryebal Council lead by Joanne Frye who brought her family to power.  Joanne has a lot to hide.

Ceddie clowns with his right hand, the "Deaconess" as the Frybal Council collapses under the weight of corruption.

Ceddie clowns with his right hand, the “Deaconess” as the Frybal Council collapses under the weight of corruption.

So they’re trying to get the White girl fired. Yup. White girl trying to do her job and she’s dealing with Kevin Frye (Super Fly Indian Cop) who tells security cop (nonIndian) TJ to press assault charges against the WG….cause she put her hands on his shoulder.  Right.  The end game is to get the White girl fired cause she’s on to something and everyone knows the Frybal Council will not be satisfied until every Frye ( even infants) are on the payroll and keep stealing.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars in miscellaneous expenditures…that’s a low ball estimate,  which is questionable.

The IRS cometh. The Gaming Authority should be very very interesting also regarding what Ceddie  did with $2m dollars a month for about 5 years. It would be different if we were paying lawyers in Washington to fix the law via the Congress.  No nothing like that.

Instead, Cedric filed flaky unsubstantiated documentation to justify land in trust in Taunton. It was rejected in the end.  So now Dec 12 looms when the BIA and the Tribe decide if they will appeal in the District Court.  How about no.

The most horrific part is that all those White lawyers and consultants got paid millions of dollars and delivered nothing.  We are worse off than we were when they took over in 2009.  Worse.

No casino, economic development, and more of our people on welfare.  Our integrity is gone.  Everything our leaders worked for years ago is gone.  Respect is gone.

Course now the Cromwell’s have turned on the Fryebal Council after all these years. Ellen Frye Sharpe, who is not supposed to be working for the Tribe because of past serious grievances, is searching for new Frye hires, which violates federal law.  Now the Fryes want to fire  her.  Frying at the Fryebal Council.

And her sister Joanne has a lot to hide..

Let’s break it down.  The Justice Department can go back and look at that damned fraudulent 2009 election and see how we went wrong. Their sister Ca was allowing nontribal members to vote, and they were phone banking them to come and vote without Elders to verify them as tribal members. Great.

We can’t blame it all on the Fryes.  Trish Keliinui was right in there with them….all dumb..  She kept saying, ” I got this .” Ya.  As the chair of the election committee, she NEVER reviewed the final voter list with the committee or the Elders. She let Joanne and her sister Ca ( who had access to the membership applications in enrollment) take the ” PENDING  MEMBERS” and merge them with legitimate enrolled  voters. There was no oversight of all the unknown casino stalkers voting. Not an Elder around to question people who were not enrolled members being allowed to vote.  Illegal voters.  And all the documentation disappeared. Imagine that !. Thanks Trish.  She tarnished the family legacy all by herself.

We have been sliding down the slippery slope ever since and again, we are worse off than we were in 2009.

No land in trust, no casino …..no hope of a casino.

You know Trump’s  best buddy is Steve  Wynn who has a casino cranking while Cedric doesn’t even talk about our pitiful attempt to get Asino in the southern part of the state. The Mass Gaming Commission loves Wynn touring his facility.  Wonder why ? But worse than that.  Trump does not hold Natives in very high esteem, we all know why.

Again, December 12 will tell all.  Either the BIA and the Tribe appeal or not Probably not, here’s why… from two months ago.

Well, the federal judge did it.  He said he would not reconsider his decision on our land in trust granted by the BIA. Why? Because he said we were not under federal jurisdiction per the INFAMOUS 2009 US SUPREME COURT decision. The BIA failed to make the case…and we said just that in the previous post. But Shovel Ready Ceddie’s flak did spin that tried to turn a failure into success.  

You see, Cedric Cromwell has to keep getting paid…so does the do nothing Fryebal Council and the cadre of lawyers and consultants.  They have a budget that will last them into the spring.


Is our tribal government as ridiculous as it seems? Sure it is.  Let’s start with the biggest red flag in the world.  When Bank of America waved goodbye in April and a few months later, when we were still without underwriting for the Asino, Cedric approached the small bank.  5th Third Bank for underwriting and what they did was say? ” Well let’s see how this goes for you guys.” Well, the little bank gave Genting $435m  instead of Cedric.

Well Genting is less of a risk than we are with our pimped out ” near do well” phony Indian Chief, Shovel Ready Ceddie.

First of all Genting is limping if you go back and read our previous posts about how it’s gaming interest are failing compounded by the unraveling of our land in trust. 5th Third Bank ( we know, you never heard of them…another red flag) decided to bail out Genting”s casino slot dump in New York.  Right.

Meanwhile the former head of the BIA, Kevin Washburn started spilling his guts about how they were pressured to approve the first compact and the land in trust.


We’ve been waiting for something good to happen but …it just doesn’t.