On September 5, Brown’s Opening Convocation procession met up with about 100 protesters from the Pokanoket Tribe, which had, since August 20, mounted an encampment on Brown land in Bristol, R.I., a 375-acre estate that houses the Haffenreffer Museum’s Collections Research Center.  The Pokanokets claim the land, which they call Potumtuk, as sacred to their tribe—and exclusively theirs, which was a sticking point. On September 25 an agreement was reached: the University will transfer part of the land into a trust, to be shared by the Pokanokets and other native tribes.  “We’re very pleased,” said Russell Carey, Brown’s executive vice president for planning and policy.

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Dear Editors, 
Thanks for covering the Pokanoket Tribe's presence at the Opening Convocation Procession in September. I was unaware that the land was in question, though of course we all occupy and use resources from indigenous lands, and so the reference to "Brown land in Bristol, RI" ought to acknowledge that this land was initially stolen via genocide and colonialism. Russell Carey, Brown's executive vice president for planning and policy said "We're very pleased" with the agreement that has been reached, and I urge you to include the perspective of the Pokanokets and other native tribes who would have access to the land trust in the next issue of BAM.  
Jesse Stout '06 
San Francisco, CA
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