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The Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation
Descendants of the Nemasket and Assawompsett
As Nutayunean ( We Still Live Here)
Descendants of the Algonquin Language Bands, The Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe is a member of the original Pokanoket Federation led by Grand Sachem Massasoit otherwise known as Ousamequin (Yellow Feather). The Pocasset Tribe encompassed present-day Tiverton, RI, and parts of Southeastern Massachusetts including Fall River, Freetown, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Westport, Swansea and Middleboro. The Pocasset Tribe was a first contact tribe headed by Chief Corbitant, father of Female Sachem Weetamoe, King Phillips’ Sister in Law. The Pocasset was one of the largest and most powerful tribes in the Pokanoket Federation.
Pocasset Chief Corbitant was one of the original signers of the 1621 Treaty at Plymouth with the Pilgrims.
Pocassets have maintained their identity throughout history and still, today possess the first reservation in this country, ‘The Watuppa Pond Reservation’ in Fall River and Freetown Massachusetts.
Our reservation is the only Pocasset Territory reserved indefinitely for the Royal Family line of Massasoit and their Clans. Today the Pocassets have a traditional ‘Clan Style’ Tribal Council of Chiefs that administrates the tribes’ day to day operations.
The Pocasset Tribe is true to its Eastern Culture and maintains a Pokanoket Nations Drum shared by the Affiliated Tribes of New England Indians in which we use the traditional Algonquin language, The Eastern Medicine Singers headed by Council Chief Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson. Our tribe stays true to our way of hunting, fishing and organizing the people to keep our traditions. We still maintain our ‘Original Sovereignty’ and we are members of ‘The Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes’ and ‘The Affiliated Tribes of New England Indians’, which promotes unity and collaboration with our fellow tribes.
We claim all Sacred Sites and Artifacts of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation as our ancestral lands and possessions.
THE ROYAL TRIBAL COUNCIL OF CHIEFS & FAMILY’S DESCENDANCY FROM THE OFFICIAL ‘EARLE REPORT of 1865’
Chairman George Sequan Pijaki – Spring Buffalo (Wompsikuk Clan) Eagle – Simon/Gardner
Vice Chairman Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson (Wompsikuk Clan) Eagle – Simon/Gardner
Tribal Council Chief Bob Wandering Buffalo Kelly (Tommuck Clan) Beaver – Cuffee/Pequit
Tribal Council Chief Justin Lyons (Mosq Clan) Bear – Perry
Tribal Council Chief Duane Shepard Ousamequin I (Turtle Clan) Turtle – Crank/Perry
Tribal Council Chief Lisa Woman Warrior Carlson Grey
Medicine Man Andrew Noronha ‘Medicine Bear’ (Bear Clan)
Each member of the Tribal Council of Chiefs descends from the original clans of the Watuppa Pond Reservation and Villages of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation.
Chief Daryl ‘Black Eagle’ Jamieson and Chief Duane ‘Yellow Feather’ Shepard
1st Light Powwow at Niswasocket 2016
Left to Right: Chief Daryn’ Watching Eagle’ Roderick – Bear Clan, Chief Daryl ‘Black Eagle’ Jamieson – Eagle Clan, Chief George Spring Buffalo – Eagle Clan
Reservation Security & Environmental Officers
Chief of Security Dave Little Tree D’Brosca 401-263-2783
Duties: Chief of Security Police within reservation boundaries. Patrols reservation manages officers under his command. Coordinates with local police departments who have no jurisdiction on reservation per treaty.
Environmental Chairman Director – Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson 401-413-2167
Duties: Oversees wildlife records, establishes game harvest both hunting & trapping. Oversees environmental issues both water & waste on reservation.
Tribal Environmental Protection Officer – Ricky Leaping Deer 781-254-3740
Duties: In charge of hunting and fishing on reservation, patrols reservation, works directly with Vice Chairman on implementing policy and environmental procedure such as hunter safety and firearms training. Issues tribal hunting licenses and record keeping of game harvests. Maintains trapping records. Environmental Protection Officer enforces reservation regulations and safety.
Systems and Program Development – Duane ‘Yellow Feather’ Shepard 323 646-5247
Duties: Oversees the creation of Tribal Support Programs and Infrastructure Development. Develops Strategic Partnerships with Public Agencies and Community Partners. Chief in Charge of Covert Operations Prevention Services (COPS).
Algonquin Language Drumming
Cultural & History
Chairman George Spring Buffalo: Land preservation/Grant Writing
Vice – Chairman Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson: Cultural officer and land acquisition