Jessie "Little Doe" Baird was a recipient of the 2014 Community Volunteer Award on Saturday, May 3 at the Rotary District 7950 Conference's Community Volunteer Award Lunch. The Rotary Club of Barnstable Sunrise presented the award to Baird at a ceremony at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth.
Baird, who is the Vice Chairwoman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, was given the award in recognition of her years of dedication to the reclamation of the Wampanoag language. In 1993/4 Baird co-founded the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project. According to Baird's bio on the tribe's website, Wôpanâak had not been spoken for six generations.
The award read:
"In recognition of: Jessie Little Doe Baird is honored for her tireless efforts over the past 20 years to reclaim the Wampanoag language and culture, and to inspire a generation of Wampanoag youth to learn about their history, heritage and culture through their language."
The award was presented by Rotary Club of Barnstable Sunrise President Steve Brown.
Baird is also the director of ‘Pâhshaneekamuq’, a public charter immersion school planning project. She lives in Mashpee and Aquinnah with her husband, Jason Baird, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe Medicine Man.