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The Narragansett Indians are the descendants of the aboriginal people of the State of Rhode Island. Archaeological evidence and the oral history of the Narragansett People establish their existence in this region more than 30,000 years ago. This history transcends all written documentaries and is present upon the faces of rock formations and through oral history. The first documented contact with the Indians of Rhode Island took place in 1524 when Giovanni de Verrazano visited Narragansett Bay and described a large Indian population, living by agriculture and hunting, and organized under powerful "kings".



The Tribe and its members were considered warriors within the region. The Narragansett customarily offered protection to smaller tribes in the area. Certain Nipmuck bands, the Niantics, Wampanoag, and Manisseans all paid tribute to the Narragansett tribe. These tribes all resided in areas of Rhode Island at the time of the first European settlement around 1635. In 1636, Roger Williams acquired land use rights to Providence from the Narragansett Sachems. The colonists quickly came into contact with both the Narragansett and Niantic Sachems, most notably Ninigret.

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This 17th-century Native American war club was picked up off an upper Pioneer Valley battle site by militiaman Northampton Lt. John King. .... The New York Native Americans know of Saheda's murder and enquire, “How will it be now with the Northern savages, for the Onejages have a knife and a hatchet ...
Mohegan — Mohegan Sun announced it recently promoted Randy Noka to vice president of new markets, a post in which he is responsible for expanding the casino's high-end clientele business and maintaining guest loyalty. Noka, a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, started working for Mohegan ...

"We're thrilled to see (Randy) elevated to the leadership team within New Markets," Mohegan Sun President & General Manager Ray Pineault said in a press release. "Mohegan Sun takes great pride in Native American success within the organization too, and this promotion was certainly well deserved.".
EXETER, R.I. — When artist, activist, storyteller and historian Princess Red Wing founded Rhode Island's only museum for indigenous peoples in 1958, she may not have imagined how it would evolve from a small, all-volunteer effort into a vital Native American resource with a staff of six and an annual ...
Among this year's partners were members of the Chinese Culture Club at URI, Capoeira and Irish step instructors and an artist from the Narragansett Indian Tribe. “The community is a vast collection of resources,” she said. “Availing yourself of your neighbors' expertise is really great and builds community.”.
This 17th century Native American war club was picked up off an upper Pioneer Valley battle site by militiaman Northampton Lt. John King. ... left by an Eastern Algonquian King Philip's War participant — perhaps coastal (Narragansett, Wanpanoag, Abenaki), maybe inland (Nipmuck, Pocumtuck, Sokoki or ...

He also spoke the Narragansett language of the Native Americans and he had trading relationships with them. ... scussoc are very important because they have a great history and some really important people who lived there, including Roger Williams, the Smiths, the Updikes and the Narragansett tribe.
A Narragansett Tribe member, a member of the South Kingstown Historical Society, a 40-year employee of the URI Memorial Student Union and an active participant in the Peace Dale First Church of God—people knew who he was. Still, Peterson described Mars as “a very, very private” and a “quiet” man.
If not Wampanoag then Narragansett. Then Pequot. And if you find yourself too far from home to lock down an Eastern Woodlands man to father your children, he damn well better be Indigenous to somewhere on this continent. Incidentally, the man I love now looks uncannily like John Smith from the Disney ...
On April 10, 2017, the Narragansett Indian Tribe, through its Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NITHPO), filed an untimely motion to intervene in the proceeding. To support its late motion to intervene, NITHPO contended that the Commission's regulations were unclear as to whether a consulting Tribal ...
Blazer made the comment in response to a letter from John B. Brown III, the Narragansett Indian Tribe's historic preservation officer. Brown accused a small group of tribal members of derailing a Sept. 19, 2017 water agreement between Invenergy and the Narragansett Indian Tribe. Brown claimed that ...
“…as of January 19, 2018, the Water Supply Agreement between the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Clear River Energy LLC, executed on September 19, 2017, has been terminated and is null and void,” writes attorney Alan Shoer to the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) on behalf of Invenergy, the ...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The $1-billion plan to build a fossil fuel-burning power plant in Burrillville has been confronted with another unwelcome development after the Narragansett Indian Tribe pulled out of an agreement to supply a backup source of water to the project. The state Energy Facility Siting Board ...
At age 96, Chief Strong Horse of the Narragansett tribe retains a powerful singing voice and a steady hand on the drum. The Turtle Spirit Drum Circle, held at the end of a ceremony Wednesday honoring the longtime tribal leader, combined resonant beats with the united voices of Native Americans from ...
Invenergy lawyers have identified the Narragansett Indian Tribe as a source for additional back-up or contingent water supply for its proposed $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant to be built in Burrillville Rhode Island. In a just released, and redacted, document entitled Water Supply ...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Invenergy has reached agreements with the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Benn Water & Heavy Transport to serve as backup water suppliers to the fossil fuel-burning power plant that the Chicago company has proposed in Burrillville. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Invenergy has reached ...
Law360 (February 13, 2018, 6:21 PM EST) -- The federal government on Monday urged the First Circuit to back its lower court win in a lawsuit from the Narragansett Indian Tribe that sought to halt construction on a Providence, Rhode Island, bridge project, saying the tribe never stated a claim against it. The government filed ...

“In indigenous cultures, we dance to manifest pain,” he added. ... Currently, Fernandez's paintings are being shown in multiple galleries throughout Rhode Island, including OneWay Gallery in Narragansett and Federal ... “He's able to blend a lot of influences from colonial to indigenous, spiritual, santeria.”.
But this week Invenergy officials said one of the FERC lawsuits the EFSB was concerned with had been withdrawn. In addition, the Narragansett Indian Tribe requested termination of the water supply deal last week, saying the agreement with Invenergy had caused deep rifts in Tribal leadership. The Tribe's ...
The other issue that was on the agenda for the hearing — a backup water-supply agreement with the Narragansett Indian Tribe that had sown confusion — was also taken off the table this past week. The deal was canceled on Friday at the request of the tribe, which said it had deepened a tribal governance ...
“…as of January 19, 2018, the Water Supply Agreement between the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Clear River Energy LLC, executed on September 19, 2017, has been terminated and is null and void,” writes attorney Alan Shoer to the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) on behalf of Invenergy, the ...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The $1-billion plan to build a fossil fuel-burning power plant in Burrillville has been confronted with another unwelcome development after the Narragansett Indian Tribe pulled out of an agreement to supply a backup source of water to the project. The state Energy Facility Siting Board ...
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday said it won't reconsider its construction permit for a Massachusetts pipeline, and also rejected a Rhode Island Indian tribe's late bid for full legal standing in the matter of the Connecticut Expansion Project. Now the Narragansett Indian Tribe plans to sue ...
Brooks also learned then of the vast array of existing written deeds, historical accounts and even collective petitions to the King by indigenous people. .... most standard tellings describe her, on the eve of war, having a marriage alliance with the Narragansett tribe native history, Or they covey her ringing her ...
Durfee's father, Richard, took over the business in 1969, carrying on the English-rooted tradition. “Chowder's an English thing. We've had Native Americans working here since the day we opened. My sous chef is a Native American,” said Durfee. “So, we mixed that together and we get these amazing dishes that now define ...
The removal of Indian remains from an ancient burial site beneath pavement on Antham Street drew an angry response from the Narragansett tribe, The Jamestown Press reported Jan. 6, 1995. “How would they like it if I did that to their grandparents?” asked tribe officer John Brown. Two skulls were ...
Oyster shells and Native American artifacts are found in this shell midden along the Damariscotta River, where Wabanaki peoples once lived. ... King is leading the Submerged Paleocultural Landscapes Project in partnership with the Narragansett Indian Tribe, funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy ...
In that case, the Court ruled that the federal government could not take land into trust for the Narragansett tribe in Rhode Island because it was not under ... because very few Native Americans would qualify and he believes the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe never asked to be considered under that category.
Members of the Narragansett tribe were the first to occupy the land, according to a history provided by the neighborhood association. They had a village on the shore of the pond where the Community Boating Center now sits. Originally part of Cranston, the area was “annexed to Providence between 1873 ...
For six years, Wabanaki artists from Maine have won top honors at the Santa Fe Indian Market in New Mexico, the largest indigenous art fair in the world. ... Dawn Spears, a Narragansett and Choctaw Indian who is working with Abbe to produce the Bar Harbor market, said the museum is capitalizing on the ...
The interconnection problems aren't the only issues of concern to the siting board. Confusion over a backup water supply deal with the Narragansett Indian Tribe is also causing consternation. That is in part due to a governance dispute within the tribe, with a group that says it is the tribal council opposed to ...
Town officials assume the water will be taken from land owned by the Narragansett Indian Tribe in or near Charlestown. But a recent letter from retired Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas suggested that the water may be drawn from tribe-owned Crandall Farm in Westerly. Topping and others who filled the ...
Said Lynsea Montanari, a Narragansett artist: “Through the Indigenous Empowerment Network at Tomaquag, I was introduced and able to get a scholarship at College Unbound to continue my education. The art shows I have participated in have been recommended to me through the museum. I am able to ...
On Tuesday night, at the one and only hearing in Charlestown on the project, following a series of public comment sessions in Burrillville, speaker after speaker voiced objections to developer Invenergy's fossil fuel-burning power plant and plans to use a well on land owned by the Narragansett Indian Tribe ...
A Native American tribe based in Rhode Island plans to sue a federal agency over its approval of a natural gas pipeline that cuts a four-mile swath through Berkshire County. Kinder Morgan's 14-mile Connecticut Expansion Project includes a two-mile section through the Otis State Forest, where an existing ...
At age 96, Chief Strong Horse of the Narragansett tribe retains a powerful singing voice and a steady hand on the drum. The Turtle Spirit Drum Circle, held at the end of a ceremony Wednesday honoring the longtime tribal leader, combined resonant beats with the united voices of Native Americans from ...
Invenergy lawyers have identified the Narragansett Indian Tribe as a source for additional back-up or contingent water supply for its proposed $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant to be built in Burrillville Rhode Island. In a just released, and redacted, document entitled Water Supply ...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Invenergy has reached agreements with the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Benn Water & Heavy Transport to serve as backup water suppliers to the fossil fuel-burning power plant that the Chicago company has proposed in Burrillville. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Invenergy has reached ...
Her mother, Eleanor Dove, ran the museum before her, in addition to the Dovecrest restaurant, which served indigenous cuisine — like succotash and johnnycakes — next door. Williams' mother also worked at Dovecrest, though she was not of Narragansett ancestry. The Dovecrest restaurant closed in ...
And if you find yourself too far from home to lock down an Eastern Woodlands man to father your children, he damn well better be Indigenous to somewhere on this continent. ... If, in a century, the Wampanoag tribe no longer exists—if we lose our land, our traditions, our language—will it be my fault?
In November, Rivett's latest book, “Unscripted America: Indigenous Languages and the Origins of a Literary Nation,” was published by Oxford University Press. “Unscripted America” explores the impact of colonial language encounters between indigenous and European populations on Enlightenment ...
Members of the Narragansett tribe were the first to occupy the land, according to a history provided by the neighborhood association. They had a village on the shore of the pond where the Community Boating Center now sits. Originally part of Cranston, the area was “annexed to Providence between 1873 ...
For six years, Wabanaki artists from Maine have won top honors at the Santa Fe Indian Market in New Mexico, the largest indigenous art fair in the world. ... Dawn Spears, a Narragansett and Choctaw Indian who is working with Abbe to produce the Bar Harbor market, said the museum is capitalizing on the ...
The interconnection problems aren't the only issues of concern to the siting board. Confusion over a backup water supply deal with the Narragansett Indian Tribe is also causing consternation. That is in part due to a governance dispute within the tribe, with a group that says it is the tribal council opposed to ...
Town officials assume the water will be taken from land owned by the Narragansett Indian Tribe in or near Charlestown. But a recent letter from retired Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas suggested that the water may be drawn from tribe-owned Crandall Farm in Westerly. Topping and others who filled the ...
Said Lynsea Montanari, a Narragansett artist: “Through the Indigenous Empowerment Network at Tomaquag, I was introduced and able to get a scholarship at College Unbound to continue my education. The art shows I have participated in have been recommended to me through the museum. I am able to ...
On Tuesday night, at the one and only hearing in Charlestown on the project, following a series of public comment sessions in Burrillville, speaker after speaker voiced objections to developer Invenergy's fossil fuel-burning power plant and plans to use a well on land owned by the Narragansett Indian Tribe ...
A Native American tribe based in Rhode Island plans to sue a federal agency over its approval of a natural gas pipeline that cuts a four-mile swath through Berkshire County. Kinder Morgan's 14-mile Connecticut Expansion Project includes a two-mile section through the Otis State Forest, where an existing ...
19 as part of Native American Heritage Month Program. ... Drawing on his Mashpee Wampanoag, Narragansett and Pequot lineage, Weeden ...
As the story goes, friendly local Native Americans swooped in to ... had already reduced the Native American population in New England by as much as 90% from 1616 to 1619, and indigenous people continued ... A memorial to the Great Swamp Fight between the colonial militia and the Narragansett tribe.


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