The Brewster Select Board voted unanimously at its June 6 meeting to offer free beach passes for Wampanoag tribal members starting this summer. Holders of Wampanoag Tribal ID cards can now obtain these passes through the Town’s online permit system. Applicants will need to upload a copy of their tribal ID card.
The Brewster Select Board recently chose the name “First Light Beach” for the new Town beach at 3057 Main Street - “Wampanoag” means “People of the First Light”. The selection of this name was intended to honor the long history of the area as the home of the Wampanoag people. This decision prompted the Town to consider other ways of acknowledging Brewster’s Native American heritage. Allowing Wampanoag tribal members free access to Brewster beaches, including First Light, is an important step in building on the Town’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. Brewster joins the towns of Truro and Eastham in waiving parking permit fees forindigenous people at public beaches.