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Ruth Simmons found herself overseeing an unusual committee meeting this summer at the request of Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri 65. When a brawl broke out after state police raided a tax-free, and therefore possibly illegal, smoke shop run by the Narragansett Indians, Carci-eri, facing heavy criticism, asked Simmons to chair a group to look into what went wrong. Simmons hosted four public meetings on campus and assiduously questioned witnesses, including Attorney General Patrick Lynch 87. Were not here to cast blame, Simmons told the Providence Journal. The committees October report knocked both sides for poor judgment and recommended better communication between the state and the tribe.




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