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May Tribal Membership Meeting Cancelled

It is with great sadness to report to everyone that Joe Perry has passed away today.


Joe was monumental at helping the tribe through his service as a tribal councilor, treasurer, ambassador and so many other titles.


Out of respect for the family and for observance, the meeting will be canceled this Saturday.


May he travel at peace to the creator


Please show your support to the family by attending the fire at the powwow grounds at the Eastern Pequot Reservation.


Joseph A. Perry, Jr., a Vietnam Veteran who enlisted in the United States Army in 1960. Upon his Honorable Discharge as Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1963, he joined the Connecticut State Police in 1964, retiring in 1995 as Deputy Commissioner/ Colonel Division of State Police. 


In 1995 Joseph became the Director of Public Safety for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, retiring in 2011 as Inspector General. Throughout his career, Joseph has volunteered extensively, serving several terms as a Tribal Councilor and Tribal Treasurer for the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation from 1996 through 2017. He also served on the Board of Trustees and Corporators of Norwich Free Academy from 1992 to 2007. 


Joseph served on as Tribal Honor Guard, a Tribal Ambassador and member of the Native American Heritage Advisory Council (NAHAC). In addition, he served as a Corporator at William W. Backus Hospital, was the Chairman Criteria Committee at the Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, and was a High School Football Official on the Eastern Connecticut Board of Approved Football Officials.


Joseph was the recipient of numerous awards, including the University of New Haven Distinguished Alumni award, the Connecticut Chapter NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Southeastern Connecticut Chapter National Football Award - Distinguished American.





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Our dearest condolences to Sharon and the Perry family. It was an honor to work with Joe as a fellow counselor of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Council. And I will never forget the support he gave during the loss of my son. Rest now, Joe, may the peace of our Lord be with you now. Love, Darlene

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