Meet Abigail Peters: “I am a proud member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from Mashpee, Massachusetts. I am a very active member in my community. I had the honor to serve as the 2015 Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess. In addition, I have been an active youth council member for over 7 years. I also had the honor of serving as Secretary on our youth council for 4 consecutive years as well as the Chairwoman of the Youth Council.” As a Sophomore at Campbell University in North Carolina, Peters is studying Nursing. It is her dream to become a Nurse Practitioner and travel Indian Country to “serve my people to the best of my ability in the Heath Care field. I am in high hopes of strengthening many aspects of the Northeast Region and looking forward to working with so many resilient, smart and creative Native youth.”
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Youth Council is designed to develop leadership, promote self-sufficiency, coordinate school and community service projects, and instill the cultural pride among Mashpee Wampanoag youth. Peters is a strong representative of all the amazing youth in the UNITY Northeastern Region (Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont).
Peters shares how she has continually worked “to make sure the Northeast Region has a voice because it offers important critical reflections on our people. As a former Powwow Princess and currently serving as chairwoman, I have gained leadership skills that I would like to put use to towards my people to help guide the Northeast Region to bring them together and create a strong and unified community. With the power of strength we as Indigenous people can come together to improve our communities on a mental, physical, spiritual and social level. It also gives us an opportunity to get to know one another and have fun in a healthy and positive way.”