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CPNAIS Certificate program in Native American Indian Studies at UMASS Amherst Community Researcher in Residency Program

Tansi (Hello),

The CPNAIS Certificate program in Native American Indian Studies at
UMASS Amherst is pleased to announce the 2017 Community Researcher in
residence program. This 2-week, paid, researcher in residence program at
the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA is open to Native
American and First Nations people from the North East, including areas
of the USA and CANADA. Information on the program and guidelines to
apply are attached. Please contact the CPNAIS program director, Dr.
Paulette Steeves (Cree-Metis) with any questions AT
Please feel free to share this program notice with any groups and or
high schools.

Dr. Paulette Steeves

Interim Director CPNAIS
Lecturer Anthropology Archaeology
UMASS, Amherst

For more extensive information and application information please click on the following link – research-fellowship

Holiday Message

Dear Members and Friends,

During this holiday season and on our sacred journey, may Peace, Joy, and Love be with you. We have been filled with the Creator’s blessings this year and are so grateful. With the Creator’s Way and Four Directions providing knowledge, growth, wisdom, and truth,
May we move forward in the New Year honoring all nations and standing for justice for all people.

Kutaputush (Thank you).

Katherine Sebastian Dring, Chairwoman,
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation

Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation Reservation Forestry Tour

Dear Members and Friends,
The Timber Harvest on the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation Reservation, one of the oldest reservations in the country established in 1683, has been completed to improve the health, safety, and sustainability of our forest. Long Term Forestry Management is part of the tribes (5) year Wintachoag Development Plan to “manage the reservation lands in a manner which prudently utilizes our own natural  resources to build our tribal and community institutions.” The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation Council will host an
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation Reservation Forestry Tour
Together with the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation Council, Chris Casadei, Forest Resources Manager for Hull Forest Products, will lead a guided 2 mile hike through a wooded portion of the Eastern Pequot reservation to demonstrate recent forest management activities there as well as areas of historic and cultural significance. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
(Parking is limited on a first come basis).
Date/Time: Saturday October 15, 2016 10am-12:30 pm.
Location: North Stonington, CT. Take Wrights Road off Wintechog Hill Road in North Stonington, and follow Wrights Rd. to the end, bearing right into the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation reservation.
Best Regards,
Katherine Sebastian Dring, Chairwoman
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation

FY 2017 CSBG Executive Summary


The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation (EPTN) is a Connecticut state recognized Indian tribe consisting of 1,187 members of which 620 reside in Connecticut. The 224 acre reservation of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, established in 1683, is one of the oldest Native American reservation is the country. The EPTN reservation is located in North Stonington, Connecticut.

The EPTN is governed by its constitution and Tribal Council. A major long term goal of the tribe is to gain federal acknowledgement to assist tribal members in attaining self-sufficiency. After 22 years working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the BIA granted the EPTN a preliminary positive decision in 2000 and final positive decision in 2002. In an unprecedented appeal, the Interior Board of Indian Appeals in 2005 reversed the decision. The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation is seeking to regain its federal recognition through the new BIA acknowledgment regulations pursuant to 25 CFR section 83.12.

The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation’s mission is to protect our sovereignty, conserve and develop our tribal resources, and promote the self-sufficiency of our people and our descendants. The tribe continues to strive to meet these goals for a better life for the people.

With a Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) pursuant to 45 C.F.R. sections 676 and 677 Part 96 Subpart D, the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation will operate an Emergency Assistance Program for tribal members in need.

Without federal acknowledgment and relief from the long economic recession, the demand for emergency services has greatly increase. Tribal members struggle with financial resources for basic needs such as: rent, electricity, heating, and medical/dental expenses. After certifying low income eligibility, the tribe will provide financial assistance once/year to assist with the cost of these services.

The EPTN works closely with the Connecticut Indian Council Workforce Investment Project to provide job training and employment opportunities.

With the assistance of CSBG, the tribe will continue to operate the EPTN Emergency Food Pantry and provide nutritious food for tribal families in need. The tribe will inform and refer members to other services in the community to prevent emergency situations. The tribe will encourage members to work towards self-sufficiency. The tribe will refer members to the Connecticut Indian Council, Thames Valley Council for Community Action (the Community Action Program) for southeastern Connecticut, United Way 211 information/ help phone line, consisting of a directory of all health and human services in Connecticut and other emergency services.

EPTN submits this application for funding to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of State Assistance for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) for Indian tribes to support an Emergency Assistance Program. EPTN is very grateful for this opportunity and assistance.