Formerly known as the Traditional Government of the Nipmuc Nation, the Hassanamisco Nipmuc Band Council provides service to the Nipmuc community and others in multiple ways. Here are a very few-
Tribal Historic Preservation Office
We monitor federally funded construction that may have an impact on historic or sacred Nipmuc landscapes. We also re-inter remains returned to the tribe by Museums, historical societies, and other tribes.
We are currently negotiating with the town of Grafton for the return of land to the reservation. The land will be used to practice stewardship of the land, invigorate our paddling activities and for ceremonial space. We are also requesting the rematriation of state-owned land in Belchertown.
Food Sovereignty Programming
Many Nipmucs have family members that have diabetes and/or heart disease and many of our tribal members have died from these diseases. The NIDC, the Hassanamisco Nipmuc Band Council, the Women’s Group, and the Sonksq are working on ways to reduce these diseases in our community. One of the best ways to do this is to change what we eat. For the past six years, we have grown vegetables, berries, and herbs on the reservation, encouraged Nipmucs and their families to start food gardens at home, and taught medicine-making and plant identification.
These are a few ways of providing service to the communities we live and belong to – and there is so much more. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org