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Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe vice chair a 'hero' for language work






Jessie "Little Doe" Baird. Photo from Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project

The Boston Celtics recognized Vice Chairwoman Jessie "Little Doe" Baird of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for her efforts to preserve the Wampanoag language.

Through her Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project, Baird single-handedly revived a language that hadn't been spoken on a regular basis in hundreds of years. She received a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2010 and has been leading efforts to start a Wampanoag charter school.

Baird was honored by the Heroes Among Us program at a Celtics game on April 3.

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Mashpee Tribe's Baird honored at Celtics game (Cape Cod Today 4/7)
Member of Mashpee Wampanoag honored by Celtics for tribal language work (The Cape Cod Times 4/7)

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