Red man speak with forked tongue

How to lose friends and alienate people


Cartoon courtesy of the Providence Journal.

The Wampanoags have learned the very worse habits of their conquerors

By Walter Brooks.

My satiric headline is a paraphrase of the phrase from a thousand western movies of our unenlightened past, always spoken in the films by a Native American after being betrayed by the 6th Cavalry or other palefaces, "White man speak with forked tongue."

Mr. Cromwell had over a decade of corporate experience working at Fidelity Investments and served in dual roles as both Director of Project Management and Business Portfolio Director. He holds a Bachelors degree in Management & Community Planning from UMass, an Associates degree in Computer Information Systems, and is working towards earning an MBA.
Ms. Andrews-Maltais was educated at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and worked for much of her professional life at a logistics company in New Bedford. In 1998 she moved to the Island to become the manager of a Sears store, a business venture that never got off the ground. She applied her skills as the tribe's personnel manager, and then as the historic preservation officer, before winning the job of Aquinnah tribal chairwoman.

I believe it is Cedric Cromwell and Cheryl Andrews-Mathias who "speak with forked tongue" today, and in doing so have turned most of their "palefaced" neighbors against them.

A few years ago we and others were urging their recognition, and then joyous when some of the tribe's horrible past was being addressed and remedied.

Now we feel antipathy and contempt for their lies and deceits.

I do not believe that either of these two well-educated and worldly tribal leaders believe the fraudulent cow manure they have been shoveling to the press.

These are learned professionals with years of experience in the private sector.

They know, as everyone else on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard knows, that our local Native Americans never gathered at a Mashpee beach to worship the sunrise.

 So why are they claiming different?

A wise person once said, "when anyone says it's the 'principal not the money'. It's always the money."

 We know that the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound has millions to spend to stop the wind farm on Nantucket Sound, and we also know that Wampanoag history expert "Chucky" Green wrote his letter making the fraudulent claims to the Massachusetts Preservation folks on Alliance stationary, and as another wise person said,

"If it looks like a skunk, and acts like a skunk, and smells like a skunk, it's probably a skunk."

It may be more than a little ironic that the word for skunk (squnck) was given to us by the Wampanoags.

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." - John F. Kennedy.

The Alliance has until very lately been able to delay the legal process for approving Cape Wind with the conniving of our late US Senator who cared more about his ocean view than his country's energy independence.

But that day is over. As gasoline and home fuel prices continue their inexorable climb to an endless height, and as more and more American are unemployed and unable to pay for basic necessities, the country will ignore the selfish yammering of the Wampanoags and others, and approve a hundred Cape Winds along with solar, tidal and every other type of renewable energy project.

But when the Patrick administration names the recipients of the two casinos which House Leader DeLeo proposes, we hope they will remember who stopped this state's renewable energy revolution in his tracks for so long.

These two tribes have managed to completely turned a majority of their fellow Americans against them. They have gone from a group needing our support and friendship to a group to be treated with antipathy, aversion or worse who act like the worst of their pale-faced fellow Americans.

As Pogo said long ago, "we have met the enemy and he is us."

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