Tribe restores chairman’s financial powers
MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts tribe has restored its chairman’s financial powers and rescinded a “no-confidence” vote.
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Cape Cod announced Thursday that its tribal council voted unanimously to rescind previous votes against Chairman Cedric Cromwell. The council said it had found “no evidence” of financial impropriety.
Cromwell was stripped of his financial powers after it was disclosed that he and his wife, tribal council member Cheryl Frye-Cromwell, owe the Internal Revenue Service $37,000 in back taxes.
A recent audit found the tribe’s Gaming Authority has accumulated $375 million in debt and noted numerous flaws in the tribe’s accounting practices.
Cromwell said in a statement it’s been “painful” to see his credibility questioned but he remains committed to the tribe’s long quest for a sovereign reservation and a casino.