Pokanokets acknowledged at Historic New England conference in Providence

The Pokanoket Tribe was included in a list of tribes acknowledged by Danikah Chartier, a member of the Abenaki Tribe and a staff member of Historic New England, at the opening of the Historic New England Summit held in Providence on November 2nd and 3rd, 2023, at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. Her land acknowledgement begins at 4:45 of her welcoming remarks. The Summit brought more than 600 participants in person and via livestream to the two-day event. The opening welcome was given by David N. Cicilline, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, and the opening keynote by Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO of Community Solutions. Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator David Weed attended both days of the Summit and passed out Project brochures to many of the participants, including Tomaquag Museum Executive Director Loren Spears who presented on placemaking and the broad range of collective efforts to preserve and share the histories and stories of how diverse communities throughout the region made a place their own. On day two, leaders in arts and philanthropy discussed their work to dismantle systems of exclusion and broaden access to history, arts, and culture.