Naomi Carney is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah Tribal Council, and has been serving on the Tribal Council for 18 years. She has been involved in the Aquinnah Wampanoag gaming initiative, since its inception, over 15 years ago. Ms. Carney is the former Chairperson of the Aquinnah Gaming Corporation and has chaired for several Committees and Boards created by the Tribal Council to bring gaming as an economic development venture to her tribe, for more than 7 years.
Ms. Carney is the former Chairperson of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Gaming Commission. During her tenure, she was tasked with the responsibility of creating a Tribal Gaming Commission, which is a requirement and an integral part of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
While managing her family and job outside of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe, she had managed to find the time to chair the Tribe’s Economic Development Committee. Ms. Carney was also an active member of the Constitution Committee.
Ms. Carney has lived in the greater New Bedford area all her life and has owned a home in New Bedford for over 20 years. She was educated locally and obtained her Bachelors of Arts Degree from the former Southeastern Massachusetts University, now known as, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Ms. Carney is a former New Bedford City Councilor and is currently employed by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, as the Director of the Inmate Community Work Program. These positions have given her a front row seat, to see up close and personal, the economic challenges that face her community in New Bedford and The Aquinnah Tribe as a whole.
The desire to make the world a better place to live for all, ranks high on Naomi’s list of things to do. This desire shows in her volunteering efforts on the New Bedford Water Board and The Greater New Bedford Boys & Girls Club, of which she has served on the Board of Directors for over 21 years and has also served as the past President. She is also proud to say that she served as the 1st and only female President of the Board
Naomi serves as a role model to all Native women, having received a college degree, and raised two children all on her own, while working and volunteering at the same time. She does not profess to be perfect in anyway, just someone that cares about educating and providing for her Native people. She encourages all Native people, regardless of what tribe they are from to take pride in themselves, strive for Higher Education and to make their Culture and Tradition a top priority. Naomi, isn’t just a caring Native American leader by example, she is a great all around leader!