City of East Providence celebrates Native American Heritage Month with the Pokanoket Tribe

Members of the Pokanoket Tribe appeared at the East Providence City Hall on November 20, 2019 to celebrate Native American Heritage MonthCity Affirmative Action / EEO Officer Elmer C. Pina welcomed the audience and City Council President Robert Britto welcomed members of the Pokanoket, Narragansett and Seaconke Tribes to the event. Local historian and program coordinator David O’Connell then thanked everyone who was involved in planning and carrying out the program. Harry “Hawk” Edmonds, Quanunon, of the Pokanoket Tribe offered a prayer in his native language before Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Bill Guy, “Winds of Thunder”, Sagamore of the Pokanoket Nation related some of their history. Tracy “Dancing Star” Brown, Po Pummukoank Anogqs, Sachem offered some tribal stories before Carole “Little Meadow” Brown, Patricia “Gentle Rain” Booker and Lakota and Micmac Tribe member Emily Thomas (right) closed the program with a native lullaby. Click here for a 74-minute video of the program.

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