Wampanoag tribe administrator leaves job

Tobias Vanderhoop was all smiles in this 2008 photo soon after he began his new job. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

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.