Wampanoag Tribal Pact Extended By Mashpee Selectmen

MASHPEE – Despite the difficulty that the Mashpee Board of Selectmen is experiencing with setting up a meeting with the Wampanoag Tribe to discuss a mutual-aid agreement, they have extended a temporary one until December 31st.

It had been scheduled to expire on the 28th of this month.

The memorandum of understanding puts forth the protocol for fire, police and emergency personnel when dealing with a situation on what is considered tribal land.

Selectman Andrew Gottlieb expressed his frustration, which is shared by many residents.

“The only reason that the discussion of a meeting got any traction at all is we put a deadline on it. Now we’re going to bump the deadline ten months. I suggest that the president might meet with the North Koreans before we meet with the tribe,” he said.

Gottlieb voted against the extension.

Cedric Cromwell, the Tribal Council Chairman said they are looking forward to a meeting.

Even though the town has been trying to do this since the spring of 2016, and the agreement wasn’t set to expire for 2 more weeks, Board Chairman Thomas O’Hara said time was a factor and that he will keep trying to set up a get-together.

“I will continue to try to schedule a meeting. We’re trying to work it out. I’m sure we can do it, it’s just that the time constraints would make it too difficult,” said O’Hara.

He added that there is no indication of when it might take place.

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