Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads to polls to choose slate of leaders

Chairman Cedric Cromwell of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seen at the U.S. Capitol in June 2015. Photo: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Voters of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are heading to the polls on February 12.

Five seats on the council, including the chair and vice chair position, are up for grabs. Only two incumbents -- Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Vice Chairwoman Jessie “Little Doe” Baird -- are seeking re-election so a major leadership shakeup is possible, The Cape Cod Times reports.

Cromwell is facing a challenge from Aaron Tobey Jr., a former vice chair. Baird's opponents are Carlton Hendricks, Jr. and Marie Anita Stone, according to the tribe's election guide.

The election comes as the tribe deals with uncertainty about its land-into-trust application. Although a federal judge has sent the application back to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for further review, a January 13 letter from the Obama administration states that that the lands "remain in trust."

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