FALMOUTH — Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell, a security guard and a third man were asked by tribal elders and the tribe’s police chief to leave the second night of the powwow Sunday after a “verbal altercation,” according to Falmouth Police Chief Edward Dunne.
But a spokesman for the tribe and Mashpee Wampanoag Police Chief Kevin Frye said Monday that Cromwell left the powwow on his own and was not asked to leave.
Falmouth officers responded at 5:15 p.m. to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds main gate after a man called police and said his life had been threatened, Dunne said.
The man said Cromwell and a security guard had been involved in the altercation, Dunne said.
“The Chairman left the powwow on his own accord to diffuse the situation and keep the focus of the celebration on honoring the Tribe’s rich history and culture,” said George K. Regan, spokesperson for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. “The 96th annual powwow has been a great success for the Tribe and the community.”
Frye declined to comment on the details of the altercation.