Institute for New England Native American Studies

at the University of Massachusetts Boston


March 2011

Panel Discussion:  Exercises in Cultural Sovereignty:  Reclaiming, Preserving, and Perpetuating Native Cultures in New England ~ Thursday, March 24, 5:30 to 8:00 pm, Healey Library, 11th Floor

Panelists include Jessie Little Doe, who received her M.S. in Applied Linguistics from MIT in 2000, Pam Ellis, A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. and Certificate in Indian Law from the Arizona State University College of Law, and Loren Spears, founder of the Nuweetooun School in 2003 and director until 2010. For complete details, read the flyer on the panel discussion.

Book Reading from Native American Son:  The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe by Kate Buford ~ Wednesday, March 30, 3:30 to 5:00 pm, Campus Center, Room 3545

Kate Buford is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling biography, Burt Lancaster: An American Life, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2000. The book was an Editors’ Choice and Best Book of 2000 for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and other media. The paperback edition, published in 2001 by Da Capo Press, was named a “New and Notable Paperback” by the New York Times. U.K. hardcover and paperback editions were published by Aurum Press in London. For complete details, read the flyer on the book reading.

January 2011

INENAS Director Woods Interviewed by Commonwealth Journal

Dr. J. Cedric Woods, director of the Institute for New England Native American Studies, was a guest on the weekly public affairs radio program Commonwealth Journal, which is produced by WUMB Radio at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Woods spoke on "The Reality of the Urban Indian."

December 2010

Mashpee Wampanoag Museum Receives Federal Grant

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a $41,000 grant to assist the Mashpee Wompanoag Tribe in operating the Mashpee Wompanoag Museum. The successful pursuit of these funds was made possible by a wide collaboration of The Museum Committee, many Tribal Elders, Tribal Council as represented by Councilor Trish Keliinui and Councilor Gordon Harris, Tribal Development Officer Wanda Jean Lord, Congressman William Delahunt’s office, and Dr. J. Cedric Woods (Lumbee), director of the Institute for New England Native American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

November 2010

News story on "UMass Boston's Institute for New England Native American Studies Hosts Panel of Local Indigenous Leaders", which appeared in the Mass Media, UMass Boston's Student Newspaper in November 2010.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Awarded $1.2 million Federal Grant; UMass Boston to Manage Grant

The U.S. Department of Education, through its Office of Indian Education Demonstration Grant program, has awarded the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe $1.2 million to fund a pre-college initiative for 8th and 9th grade Native students in Massachusetts.  The program, called Native Tribal Scholars, is modeled on the highly successful Upward Bound program operated by UMass Boston for more than 40 years.

This program was developed and will be operated collaboratively by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the North American Indian Center of Boston, UMass Boston’s Institute for New England Native American Studies, and UMass Boston's Division of Academic Support Services. For additional information, please visit the Cape Cod Times website.

A Panel Discussion on Contemporary Native Massachusetts,
Monday, November 15, 2010, 6:30-8:00 pm, UMass Boston, Healey Library, 11th Floor

The panelists and their tribal affiliations include Ramona Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag, Cheryl Hollet, Nipmuc Nation, and Joanne Dunn, Mi'kmaq. Light refreshments will be available. For additional information contact Dr. Cedric Woods at (617) 287-5784 or

October 2010

The 2010 Deer Island Memorial on Friday, October 29, and Saturday, October 30

October 30, 1675 marked the forced removal of American Indians from what is now South Natick to Deer Island in Boston Harbor, roughly two months after the outbreak of what the English called "King Philip's War. "Without  adequate food, clothing, shelter or medicine, the majority of the people, mostly  women, children, and elders, perished during their imprisonment. Some survived to return to Natick and the other Praying Towns and joined their relations who had fought and survived the military engagements of the war. Through this Memorial, we honor the sacrifice and survival of all of our ancestors.

Please feel free to join the program at any point along the way.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sunset to 4:00 am:  Fasting, Prayer, Pipe Ceremony, Spirit Fire at the Hassanamisco Nipmuc Reservation, Grafton, MA
5:00 pm:  Spirit Fire
6:00 pm:  Prayer Circle and Pipe Ceremony conducted by Chief Natachaman, Walter Vickers

Donations of firewood and bottled water gratefully accepted. Please bring a chair and blanket. The fast will begin Friday at First Light - some will end the fast at First Light on Saturday. Others will continue to fast until the Community Meal at the Potluck Feast.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

5:00 am - 1:30 pm:  Sacred Run and Paddle
5:00 am:  Sacred Run from the Falls at S. Natick to Watertown boat ramp on Charles River Road

The Sacred Run is twelve miles and will proceed along Route 16 to the boat ramp in Watertown on Charles River Road. Runners must provide their own transportation from Watertown.

8:00 am:  Sacred Paddle from Watertown to Deer Island

The Sacred Paddle will proceed down the Charles River and through the Inner Harbor to Deer Island. Paddlers must provide their own canoes or kayaks and transportation from Deer Island.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Deer Island Prayer Circle and Pipe Ceremony
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm:  Potluck Feast and Social

Host Drum:  Quabbin Lake Singers  (Nipmuc), MC:  Larry Spotted Crow Mann (Nipmuc). Location:  Natick Elks, 99 Speen St., Natick MA 01760

Please bring a potluck dish to share!


Hampton Inn, 319 Speen Street, Natick, MA 01760, (508) 653-5000
Red Roof Inn, 650 Chochituate Road, Framingham, MA 01701, (508) 872-4499

September 2010

The North American Indian Center of Boston Presents the 8th Annual Gathering of the People Pow-Wow

Scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19, from 12:00 to 6:00 pm, with the Grand Entry at 12:30 pm, this year's Gathering will be held at 105 South Hunting Avenue, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Election for the Board of Directors will take place on Saturday only. Everyone is welcome! There will be drumming, dancing, raffles, and vendors.

Suggested donations are $5 for teens and adults, $2 for elders, and children under 12 are admitted for free. The Gathering will take place rain or shine. Bring a blanket or chair to use on the grounds. Alcohol, drugs and pets are not permitted. If you plan to travel by subway, take the Green Line-E Train to the last stop, Heath Street. For additional directions and information, please call 617.232.0343.

August 2010

Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and August 15, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Georges Island

Boston Harbor Islands will host the 2010 Native American Festival. The festival is free. For general information, contact the Boston Harbor Islands ranger line at (617) 223-8666. Native artists/performers should contact Elizabeth Perry at (508) 826-3572 or Leave a detailed message and contact information.

June 2010

Thursday, June 3, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, 25 Main Street, Grafton, MA

The UMass Boston Small Business Development Center, the NIPMUC Nation, and the UMass Boston Institute for New England Native American Studies present A Workshop on Starting Your Own Business. For additional information, call (617) 287-5784 or contact Cedric Woods at

April 2010

Thursday, April 22, 4:00 to 5:30 pm, Healey Library, 11th Floor

The Research Center for Urban Cultural History and the Department of History present a lecture by Dr. Coll Thrush, Department of History, University of British Columbia, on The Iceberg and the Cathedral:  Encounter, Artifice, Nature & Wonder in the Inuit World, 1576-1772. Dr. Thrush specializes in aboriginal history, environmental history, and cultural history.

For inquiries, please contact the RCUCH Office at 617-287-6733 or

Thursday, April 22, 5:30 to 7 pm, Venture Development Center, Wheatley Hall, 3rd Floor

Ancestral Wisdom and Indigenous Health in Venezuela:  Dr. Noly Fernandez will speak about her current work on culture and indigenous health. Fernandez, a Venezuela physician from the Wayuu People, is the national director of the Venezuelan Indigenous Health Department, and designer of the inter-cultural health care program, which brings together ancestral indigenous knowledge and Western medicine.

The talk is co-sponsored by UMass Boston's HORIZON Center, Institute for New England Native American Studies, Latino Studies, The Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, and the Boston-based Encuentro Diaspora Afro.

Tuesday, April 20, 4 pm, Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3545

Native American and Indigenous Studies Spring 2010 Lecture Series presents Bowing to the Great Father:  Federal Acknowledgement of Indian Tribes in 21st Century America by Kathleen Brown-Perez of the Brothertown Indian Nation. Dr. Brown-Perez is an assistant professor at the UMass Amherst Commonwealth College.

Free and open to the public, Dr. Brown-Perez's keynote lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Women's Studies. For further information contact Professor Amy Den Ouden, Department of Anthropology, UMass Boston.

April 8, Campus Center

"On April 8, in the Campus Center of UMass Boston, one could hear and feel the laughter, the reverence of prayer, an inspirational address, and the sound of drums....It was a community building event hosted by the Institute for New England Native American Studies at UMass Boston." To read the complete story written by Cheryl Frye-Cromwell, see page 6 of the May 2010 issue of the Mashpee Tribal Newsletter Nashauonk Mittark™.

February 2010

INENAS Director J. Cedric Woods to Participate in Panel Discussion on the Controversial Issue of Sovereignty (by Brian Hallenbeck of the, February 23, 2010)