Outreach / Education
The Wampanoag Tribe’s efforts at environmental protection do not end at Tribal borders. The Tribe has engaged in a variety of projects that increase the awareness not only of Tribal members, but of the Island as a whole.
The Island Blue Pages, was one high-profile success. The Tribe worked with more than 20 Island non-profits to produce a 54-page, full-color booklet to educate Island residents about water quality, and explaining how they can help keep our waters clear. Using EPA funding, the Tribe had over 30,000 Island Blue Pages printed and distributed across the Vineyard. The Tribe even had the booklet translated into Portuguese for our Island’s Brazilian population.
The Tribe also worked with the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby to educate anglers about the dangers of lead fishing tackle. In 2008 and 2009, the Natural Resources Department distributed over 5,000 education packets and samples of lead-free weights to all Derby participants. The Department also did outreach at the Kids’ Trout Derby, offering free lead-free tackle and prizes.
The Natural Resources Department also makes an effort to be a part of Island-wide events, such as the Annual PowWow and Living Local, to educate Island residents and visitors about environmental issues, and about the Tribe’s efforts to protect and preserve our Island home.