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Nemasket Nation, Massachusetts (U.S.)

Native American

Last modified: 2022-11-12 by rick wyatt
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[Nemasket Nation] image by Valentin Poposki, 1 October 2022

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The Band

Nemasket Nation is unrecognized Indian tribe, based in Medford Massachusetts. The present-day Nemasket Council, Founders and Advisors represent a long and storied tradition of Walmsley descendants working to establish our Indigenous rights. The modern day journey began with the late Bernice (Walmsley) Young (Swift Wind) and her late siblings, Edward, Jerry, Jr., Robert and Richard, who worked tirelessly throughout their lifetimes to bring recognition to the Walmsley family for, as Great Moose put it: “the remarkable lineage to Massasoit” and to those Indigenous leaders of the original Tribes of the 17th-century first contact.

Swift Wind, along with her daughter Diane LaFrance, her granddaughter Roxanne Young-Perry, her grandson Wayne Young and her great nephew, the late Deon Walmsley collaborated with the Late Russell Gardner (Great Moose), the Wampanoag Historian, who certified the Walmsley family as descendants of, in his words: “Massasoit Ousemaquin through his daughter Aime and the Sachem Tuspaquin of Nemasket.”

In 2018, the Council and Founders were given the task of reviving the Nemasket Tribal Nation in the 21st-century and beyond.

Valentin Poposki, 1 October 2022

The flag

The flag is white with tribal seal on it

The Nemasket seal was created to honor and recognize our Ancestors.

The elements of the Nemasket seal embody a blue sky and sun shinning upon the Nemasket River and Assawampsett Pond with many pines, a place of the white rock, the abundance of herring, freshwater mussels, and a wigwam which signifies a place of meeting, replenishment and peace.

Valentin Poposki, 1 October 2022