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7:26 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Narragansetts Remember Smoke Shop Raid 10 Years Later

Narragansetts observe 10th anniversary of raid on tribal smoke shop in Charlestown.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the Narragansett Smoke Shop raid --- an event that turned into a brawl in which tribal members and state troopers were injured.  The tribe marked the occasion at the former site of the smoke shop in Charlestown.

Ten years may have passed since dozens of state troopers stormed the Narragansett smoke shop in Charlestown, but hard feelings remain.  At a 10th anniversary event Sunday, tribal members denounced what they still consider an excessive use of force.  Randy Noka is tribal ambassador:

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Wampanoag draw attention to plight of aboriginal Canadians

RI Wampanoags protest in solidarity with Canadian Aboriginals
Credit Flo Jonic

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Members of the Wampanoag Tribe gathered at Kennedy Plaza Tuesday to protest in solidarity with the indigenous people of Canada.

About 50 Wampanoags did a circle dance in front of Providence City Hall to show their support for Theresa Spence and her people.  She’s chief of Canada’s Attawapiskat tribe and has been on a hunger strike since December 11th over the Canadian government’s history of broken treaties.

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