November 3rd, 2017

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.

Photo by Nick Dentamaro


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