Paula Peters is a journalist, educator and activist. A member of the Wampanoag tribe, she has spent most of her life in her tribal homeland of Mashpee, Massachusetts. She hails from a prominent Mashpee Wampanoag family, including Tribal Chairman Russell “Fast Turtle” Peters (her father), and was active in the tribe’s long and contested push for federal recognition. In a 2006 interview with NPR, Peters recalled a time when “nobody in Washington cared much about which tribes were recognized.” Like her father before her, Peters served on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council. In 2005, she ran against Glenn Marshall for Council Chairperson.
Peters has made several endeavours outside the realm of journalism, Peters continues to write. In 2009 she presented her work, “Wampanoag Reflections” to the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants in Cohasset, Massachusetts. She has written several essays, including “A Lesser-Known Atlantic Crossing” and “Epanow’s Escape.” Peters’ work has been republished in an anthology of Native American writing from New England, including “Wampanoag Reflections,” as well as a piece about cultural appropriation called “Beware: Not All Terms Are Fair Game”.
Peters is also the author of Mashpee Nine: A Story of Cultural Justice, published by SmokeSygnals in 2016.