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Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Brian Weeden Charged with Theft of Local Museum's Wampanoag Items


December 14, 2022

The stolen items included two bulrush mats and two black bear skin rugs, taken from inside a "wetu" – a traditional oval shaped hut used historically by the Wampanoag. (Photo: Plimoth Patuxet Museum)

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Brian Weeden, 30, is facing criminal charges for allegedly breaking and entering a local museum and stealing four Wampanoag cultural items on November 7, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Plymouth Police Department in the Plymouth District Court and obtained by Native News Online.

The cultural items, valued at $10,000, have since been returned to the Plimoth Patuxet Museums.

The police report, dated November 9, 2022, says the items were stolen from the "Native American exhibit" at the Plimoth Patuxet Museums at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday, November 7.


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