The Wampanoag Aquinnah Ranger Service was created to protect the Tribe’s Cultural, Natural and Environmental Resources from degradation and trespass. Rangers are uniformed agents of the Wampanoag Tribe. Rangers are trained in natural resource management, environmental law enforcement, and emergency medical response. Rangers patrol Tribal lands on foot, A.T.V., and trucks investigating state, federal, and Tribal law violations. Rangers respond to assist boaters, animals in distress, investigate environmental crimes, monitor Tribal land use development, interpret flora and fauna, preserve and protect archaeological resources, assist with Search and Rescue and emergency medical situations. The Tribe has an extensive history of assisting seafarers who have succumbed to the ocean. Most notably Tribal
members were recognized for search and rescue efforts to the crew and passengers of the ill-fated vessel City of Columbus. This medallion was awarded to one of those Tribal members who assisted with the City of Columbus rescue.
Protecting the Clay Cliffs of Aquinnah
Tribal Rangers educate the public regarding the environmental, cultural and historic significance of the Aquinnah Cliffs. Rangers enforce strict laws that protect the Aquinnah Cliffs from degradation. Rangers patrol the beach to educate the more than 1000 visitors each day of the Cliff’s importance to Tribal members. This important resource is already being eroded away by natural forces. A study conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers established the cliff erosion rate at approximately 2 feet per year! Human trespass in this area increases the erosion rate. Removal of Clay is strictly prohibited! Climbing the cliffs is also prohibited!