6th Annual Native American Heritage Month at Providence City Hall

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza hosted eleven Rhode Island tribes at the Rhode Island American Indian Heritage Commission’s (RIAIHC) 6th Annual celebration of Native American Heritage Month and Eagle Staff Day at Providence City Hall on November 29, 2021. Organized by RIAIHC with support from David Benoit, Andrew Barbero and Andi Wheeler of Mayor Elorza’s office, the event included representatives from the Wabbaquasset Nipmuc Tribe, the Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe, the Manissean Tribe, the Natick Massachusett Tribe, the Shinnecock Tribe, the Ramapough Lenape Tribe, the Cibuco Bayamon Taino Tribe and the Eastern Pequot Tribe.

(Above) Artie Red Medicine Crippen of the Shinnecock Tribe and Curtis Kill Rain Bland, Sagamore of the Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe and Raymond Two Hawks Watson (right), Chippinuonk Sachem of the Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe, pose for photos.

(Above) Two Hawks poses for a photo with Mayor Elorza and Jacqueline Runs Strong McKinney before both speak from the podium.

(Above) Mayor Elorza holds his son, Omar, while seated at the drum. Runs Strong makes some closing remarks.