Narragansett Indians

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The Narragansett Tribe is asking a federal judge to hold Rhode Island to an agreement to transfer three historic properties in Washington County to the tribe. The properties are meant to make up for the loss of a historic site in Providence.

Narragansett tribe

Mediation could begin Wednesday, between two factions of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. The Departments of Justice and the Interior, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, are helping oversee the mediation.

The two groups are at odds over leadership of the tribe. Tribe member Chastity Machado is part of the group looking to oust Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas. Machado said she believes there is widespread corruption in the management of tribal funds.

The Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI, was honored on Wednesday morning in a ceremony at The White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. The museum's Executive Director, Loren Spears, said the institution was among 10 finalists for a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor a museum or library can receive for its service. The medal comes with a $5,000 grant.

Chuck Hinman

This year's award goes to Raymond Two Hawks Watson, a Providence resident and the chief executive officer of the Providence Cultural Equity Initiative. 

In the never ending casino legal joust between the state and the Narragansett Indian Tribe, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of the state Casino Act.


It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.

There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has upheld a Superior Court finding that the Narragansett Indian tribe has standing to sue the state over the addition of table games at Twin River and Newport Grand. Yet it remains unclear if the tribe's suit will move forward.

Under state law, the Narragansett tribe gets about one fifth of one percent of all net revenue from video lottery terminals at Twin River in Lincoln. That’s up to a maximum of $10 million a year.