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Group Photo of the Chappaquiddick Tribe
Group Photo of the Chappaquiddick Tribe at the Indian Burial Ground during the 2003 Annual Gathering

Time has proven that our sense of “peoplehood,” common history and interest in the land cannot be taken from us. Our "community" has expanded beyond the limitations of the geography of our ancestral homeland. The Chappaquiddick Wampanoag, along with the Mashpee, Aquinnah, Seaconke, Pokanoket and other Wampanoags, are People Of The First Light, and the spirit, culture and community of this people is strong.


Tribal members march at the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian
Tribal members march at the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian

In 1996, the late John "Slow Turtle" Peters, the Supreme Medicine Man of the Wampanoag Nation, passed the peace pipe to his son, Jim Peters, current executive director of the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs, at the annual Chappaquiddick Tribal Gathering. The late Donald F. Malonson, chief of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, was also present. In September, 2004, the Chappaquiddick Tribe marched in the procession at the dedication of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.