Fifth annual Pioneering Women Award honors Mashpee Wampanoag Turtle Clan Mother Amelia Bingham

College President Kathleen Schatzberg to present award to longtime tribal and community leader
Amelia Bingham. Photo courtesy of 4Cs.

On Tuesday March 30, 2010 at 1 p.m. Cape Cod Community College joins with its Senior Advisory Committee in recognizing the outstanding vision, leadership, and service of Amelia Bingham, Turtle Clan Mother of the Mashpee Wampanoag, celebrated artist, designer, and community leader. College President Kathleen Schatzberg will make the award during ceremonies in the Upper Lorusso Building Solarium, and invites the public to attend and join in the celebration.

Amelia Bingham’s unmatched dedication to the history and advancement of her people is but one piece of a very full and diverse life centered around family and community in Mashpee, MA, always blending her passion for art and design with an equal passion for the growth of the Tribe and of the Town of Mashpee.

The Mashpee resident’s community life began in the Mashpee Selectmen’s Office as its Secretary, while maintaining a second job as a Military Records Clerk at Otis military base during World War II. Gaining experience publishing the town’s annual reports and warrants, she helped incorporate the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council and both laid the foundation for and saw the completion of the Tribal Museum in Mashpee.

Her accomplishments are much too comprehensive to list here; but, among her outstanding achievements is serving as the first Massachusetts Commissioner of Indian Affairs. She’s been the Mashpee Tribe’s Executive Director, an Economic Development Planner, Chair of the Mashpee Centennial Celebration, and the Northeast Coordinator for the White House Conference on Indian Education. She’s testified before Congress, lectured at colleges and universities here in the U.S. and abroad, published “Mashpee, Land of the Wampanoags,” selling 30,000 copies to date; and served as a consultant to state and national government agencies on local, regional, and national American Indian topics/issues. And, this is a very limited summary of a life lived with dedication and commitment to others.

In the nomination, she is described as someone who, “has demonstrated our traditions of matriarchal leadership by always doing what is in the best interest of the Tribe without looking for personal glory…She has been a powerful force and inspiration…active, and vital in Tribal affairs…a proud ambassador of our culture worldwide.”

The public is encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the festivities.

Courtesy of Cape Cod Community College.

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