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7/17 Stand w/ Narragansett Nation under attack in RI (english)
15 Jul 2003
7/17 Stand w/ Narragansett Nation under attack in RI
On July 14, 2003 the Narragansett Nation was invaded by the State of Rhode Island. 30 to 40 armed state cops broke into a smoke shop located on Narragansett land to serve a search warrant and to confiscate "contraband" cigarettes. Eight citizens of the sovereign Narragansett Nation were arrested and many others were brutally beaten including a pregnant woman.

Today, July 15, 2003 the Narragansett Nation filed suit against the Rhode Island Governor, Secretary of State, State Police Superintendent and the Chief of the Charlestown Police.

A vigil is being held at the smoke shop site. Native and non-Native people from the four directions have come together in support of their Narragansett sisters and brothers.

The Narragansett Nation has called for a Tribal Unity Gathering to be held on Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. at the Indian Smoke Shop located on South County Trail(Rte. 2) in Charlestown, Rhode Island. All who support the Narragansett Nation in their struggle against the state are invited.

In solidarity,

Moonanum James
Co-leader, United American Indians of New England


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