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Nar•ra•gan•settˌnær əˈgæn sɪt(n.)(pl.)-setts; -sett.

  1. a member of an American Indian people of Rhode Island.

    Category: Peoples

  2. the extinct Eastern Algonquian language of the Narragansett.

    Category: Peoples


  1. Narragansett people

    The Narragansett tribe are an Algonquian Native American tribe from Rhode Island. In 1983 descendants of tribal members identified in an 1880 treaty gained federal recognition as the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and re-established sovereignty. In 2009, the United States Supreme Court ruled against their request that the Department of the Interior take land into trust which they had acquired in 1991. The Court ruled that tribes that had achieved federal recognition since the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act did not have standing to have newly acquired lands taken into federal trust and removed from state control.


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