Robbins’ Landing Camping Trip

Nause Waiwash Band of Indians tribal member and Professor, Matt Kirwan of the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences; the College of William and Mary collaborated with the Nause Waiwash tribe, Blackwater Refuge, and the U.S. Geological Survey to travel the marshes of Dorchester County on November 3 & 4, 2018 to do research for Matt’s project. Matt is studying the salt marshes of Maryland and Virginia. Why did Matt pick the marshes of Dorchester County? The Kirwan family has ancestral ties to Dorchester County and the Nause Waiwash. The Kirwans follow the Robbins ancestral bloodline. So, Matt decided to incorporate his research with a history lesson of the ancestral land of his ancestors in our great and beautiful county.

On Saturday morning, Jerry “Gentle Bear” Hughes, Brenda “Morning Marsh Woman” Abbott, Maddie Foxwell, Matt Kirwan, Ben Kirwan, Dr. Jeff Kirwan, Tyler Messerschmidt, David Walter of the U.S. Geological Survey and Erin Kennedy were greeted at Blackwater Refuge by Matt Whitbeck and other Blackwater staff. Everyone was showed a demonstration of sein fishing. From there, everyone traveled to Shorter’s Wharf. Upon arriving at Shorter’s Wharf, boats were launched into the Blackwater River and boarded by all. The boats were captained by Blackwater Refuge’s Matt Whitbeck and the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences’ Tyler Messerschmidt. Attendees sailed up the Blackwater to a location near Barbados Point. At this location, measurements were taken, mud, roots and grasses were investigated and discussed. There was some discussion of how Barbados Point got its name. After leaving the location near Barbados, it was back to Shorter’s Wharf.

A traditional, all-American lunch of PB&J with chips and cookies was served at the boat ramp. The group then met up with tribe member and historian Gary Marshall. It was back on the Blackwater to go down river. The group stopped at a location in the marsh that the government has been working on restoring. Mud has been pumped back in to help restore the marsh that erosion and tides have destroyed. On to Back Garden Creek to an old hunting/trapping shanty. Gary shared a few stories and memories.

Camp was set up at Robbins Landing near Abbott Town. Dinner of soup, oysters, burgers, dogs and all the sides was delicious. Gentle Bear started a campfire and everyone sat around the fire under a star-studded sky and shared stories. A few of the constellations were picked out in the sky and there was talk about some traditions and history.

The Creator blessed everyone on Sunday morning with a breath-taking sunrise. It was back in the boats and back on the water. On Sunday, Miles Simmons, from Blackwater Refuge shared the day with the group and captained one of the boats.

First stop: Snake Island. For those who are not aware, you have to go through a part of Fishing Bay to get to the Snake. The Snake is always exciting. To be November, there was still a lot going on there. Butterflies, green vegetation and an active bee hive were among the discoveries. Morning Marsh Woman shared stories of the Snake that her father and grandfather had shared with her. On to the Transquaking River. Next stop: Guinea Island. Guinea is ancestral grounds. There is a lot of history there. People lived there many years ago. The land was farmed and there is still evidence of the old cart path. While there, the group discovered the fresh water spring, Gentle Bear found a prime piece of red cedar to be used as a walking stick/staff and a small woodpecker took time to speak to the group. There was discussions on the type of trees and plants found on this majestic island that sits 14 feet above sea level located in the middle of the marsh. Next: Chance’s Island. Chance’s Island sit next to Guinea and is connected by a small piece of marsh. Chance’s has a completely different atmosphere. Some have described it as being “Heavy.” People in the group explored the island and found evidence of a community that once lived there. The ground there is very sandy versus the rich soil found on the neighboring island of Guinea. Others were uncomfortable exploring the island and chose to explore the Transquaking by boat. Next stop: Grogg Point. There was evidence found at Grogg point of a community from long ago. Morning Marsh Woman shared more of her stories on the history of the area. Last stop: Robbins landing and Abbott Town. Sadly, camp was broke down, trucks were loaded up and everyone departed taking with them many happy memories, history lessons stored away to share with future generations and hope of another wonderful experience in the future.

The Nause Waiwash Band of Indians, Inc. would like to thank Matt Kirwan for organizing this weekend camping trip and including the tribe in this adventure. This gave several of our people the opportunity to visit ancestral grounds that may not otherwise have the means or opportunity to visit these remarkable and precious places. It was a pleasure to have made new friends and hope to continue to develop these new relationships. Thank you; The Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences; the College of William and Mary. Matt Kirwan and Tyler Messerschmidt of VIMS. David Walter of the U.S. Geological Survey, Matt Whitbeck and Miles Simmons of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Dr. Jeff Kirwan, Ben Kirwan, Gary Marshall, Erin Kennedy, Morning Marsh Woman, Maddie Foxwell and Gentle Bear. Thank you to anyone who was unintentionally omitted from this publication and to everyone for a fascinating and exciting weekend.

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A very special Thanks!

Thank you to all who came out to the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians’ Retribution for Florence​ event on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Millie’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill​ in Vienna, Maryland. The event was a huge success that never would have happened without all of your support and dedication. It was a long day for some of us, but well worth it in the end. It was fun and exciting. We were happy to see familiar faces that we haven’t seen for a while. Welcome back. We were also thrilled to have met many of you in person for the first time, and look forward to continuing to build on those relationships.

Thank you to Mickey Lomax​ for donating his time and auctioneering skills. Thank you to BP Productions​ for donating the use of your audio equipment. Congratulations to Wes Cummins, Richard Ball, and Robin Abbott​; winners of the pelt, blanket, and 50/50 raffles.

There were a few happy people with new t-shirts, some will have warm ears this winter, and maybe a new decal on their car. Plenty of gift certificates to local businesses were sold, so be sure when you use them to acknowledge where you got them, as each new supporter will help us bring you better events in the future.

None of this would have been possible without each and every one of you! We extend our thanks to all of you, and look forward to seeing you in the future. Pleasant journeys. Aho!

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Horse and Buggy Ride

Chief Wolf Mother was invited to share a horse and buggy ride with Meg Stein on the back roads of Trappe, Maryland with Carey Miller and Raymond of Caper Lea Farms.

“Thank you for a fun time!” – Chief Wolf Mother

Autographed Sports Memorabilia Available for Bids!

On November 2, 2018 the NWBI will be holding a fund-raising event called Retribution for Florence. This event will include silent and live auctions, merchandise, raffles, door prizes, and much more. 

You will be able to bid on autographed memorabilia from the Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals. A hockey puck signed by Capitals #6 Michal Kempny, and a baseball signed by Nationals #47 Gio González. All memorabilia includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

See the more silent and live auction items here…

Meet Your New Council

“Thank you to everyone who came out to vote in the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians tribal council elections! I realize it was a little bit of a struggle for some of you to come out in this inclement weather. I appreciate your support and dedication. Congratulations to all! I look forward to working with each of you in moving the tribe forward, and coming up with new fresh ideas for us to grow and prosper.”

– Chief Wolf Mother

Meet your new council:
Vice Chair: Jerry “Gentle Bear” Hughes
Secretary: Katie “Dancing Dove” Lipsius
Eva “White Raven” Bartrum
Brenda “Morning Marsh Woman” Holotik
Windsor “Walks With Out Sound” Meyer
Steve “Morning Crow” Abbott
Youth Advisor: Jesse “Running Arrow” Bartrum

Tribal Elections

Greetings Tribal Blood Members!

It’s time to cast your ballot. Tribal Council elections are upon us. Election dates are set for: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days. Choose the date most convenient for you. The polling place is our meeting room at the Hyatt*. We strongly encourage all blood members over the age of 18 years to come cast their ballot. Only blood members can vote and only blood members can run in the election. You must show your membership card to vote. If you need a new card please contact the tribe office for a replacement at 410-228-0216 (leave message) or email me at Your Council is made up of seven members in which six are up for election. You can vote for one person or up to six people. It is extremely important to participate in this election. You will want to consider voting for those people who are willing to work hard for your tribe and continue moving us forward. We have made huge strides in the last few years; let’s keep the progress going.

Your Candidates are:
Katie “Dancing Dove” Lipsius
Steve “Morning Crow” Abbott
Windsor “Walks With Out Sound” Meyer
Eva “White Raven” Bartrum
Jerry “Gentle Bear” Hughes
Brenda “Morning Marsh Woman” Holotik
Casey Lipsius
Gary Marshall
For the Youth Advisor**: Jesse “Running Arrow” Bartrum

*Off of US Rt. 50, turn into the Hyatt. Cross over 3 wooden bridges. At the STOP sign, directly in front of you, slightly to the right you will see a blue awning. The blue awning is the “Employee Entrance.” Enter under the Blue awning. Polling room is the second door on the left across from the security desk.

** Youth Advisor is NOT included in your one to six picks

Exploring the Shore — 10/05/2018

On Friday, October 5, 2018, Chief Wolf Mother was invited to Chesapeake Christian School in Easton, MD to talk to the students in Mrs. Kari Farnell’s Exploring the Shore Class.

“Thank you to Principal Debbie Witter, Mrs. Kari Farnell and the students of Chesapeake Christian School’s “Exploring the Shore” class for inviting me to particpate in your class. I enjoyed spending the afternoon with you and appreciate your hospitality and kindness. I look forward to spending more time with you in the spring. Pleasant journeys to each of you.”

-Chief Donna Wolf Mother Abbott

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