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Open Books Open Minds - There There by Tommy Orange
The RIC Open Books--Open Minds common book for 2020/2021
The OBOM committee and the Adams Library wish to acknowledge that Rhode Island College sits on the traditional homelands of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we gather. It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought the college to reside on this land, and to seek to understand our roles within that history
This guide describes the importance of land acknowledgment and tips for creating an acknowledgement statement.
Tomaquag Museum - Exeter, RI
"Rhode Island's Only Indigenous Museum Dedicated To Sharing Our Culture, Arts and History From A First Person Perspective. Tomaquag Museum Features An Extensive Collection and Archive That Focuses On Tribal Communities of Southern New England." --Tomaquag Museum website
"The Eastern Pequot Tribe arose from the ashes of the 1637 massacre at the principle Pequot fortified village on Long Island Sound at Mystic (the traditional name) in the area known as Connecticut (or Quinnetucket), where hundreds of Pequot children, adults and Elders burned alive in their Wigwams or were put to the sword by a colonial militia as they attempted to flee the conflagration. Estimates of those killed that day range from 300 to 700."
"The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, also known as the People of the First Light, has inhabited present day Massachusetts and Eastern Rhode Island for more than 12,000 years. After an arduous process lasting more than three decades, the Mashpee Wampanoag were re-acknowledged as a federally recognized tribe in 2007. In 2015, the federal government declared 150 acres of land in Mashpee and 170 acres of land in Taunton as the Tribe’s initial reservation, on which the Tribe can exercise its full tribal sovereignty rights. The Mashpee tribe currently has approximately 2,600 enrolled citizens."
"The Narragansett Indians are descendants of the aboriginal people of the State of Rhode Island. Archaeological evidence and oral history of the Narragansett People establish their existence in the region more than 30,000 years ago."
"With more than 500 Citizens and seated at the Hassanamisco Reservation in Grafton Massachusetts, we are one of New England's most historic and largest native communities. It is our sacred mission to preserve and promote the culture, language and values of the Nipmuc People, while striving to improve the quality of life of all our citizens as well as the generations to come."
Territories of Southern New England Tribes, about 1600