The group that calls itself the Pokanoket Nation has been camped out on Bristol’s Mount Hope for the last week. Members of the tribe say that land belonged to their ancestors, and they want Brown University to give it back.

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An array of photos and documents now on display at the State Archives chronicles the history of indigenous peoples in Rhode Island.  The area was once home to several Native American tribes, including the Wompanoag and the Narragansett.

The exhibit features early deeds between colonists and the tribes living in the area. One of the deeds gave Aquidneck Island to Roger Williams in a deal with the Narragansett Nation.

RI Wampanoags protest in solidarity with Canadian Aboriginals
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.