Tobias Vanderhoop, administrator of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), has resigned.
“I was honored to be able to serve my tribal community for the four years that I did, and I am not going anywhere,” Mr. Vanderhoop, 38, told The Times in a telephone conversation Tuesday from his home in Aquinnah. “I am not going anywhere. I am staying right here in the community, and I am going to help out and contribute the best I can.”
The tribe hired Mr. Vanderhoop soon after he earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government — the first Aquinnah Wampanoag to earn a degree from Harvard since Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck in 1665.
Tribal chairman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais could not be reached for comment on who will assume Mr. Vanderhoop’s duties or the search process for a new tribal administrator.