Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island


A description of the Narragansett in a tourist brochure has offended some community members who demanded that the South Kingstown Town Council apologize for the publication. The panel refused at an April 23 meeting, however the passage in question has been dropped from a second edition. A local historian and others objected to the word "interesting" used to describe the tribe in a guide called "Scenic and Historic Driving Tour of South Kingstown." It reads: "The Indians, the early villages, the churches, the libraries and the older homes are all interesting and will find a place in your heart as you go to see them, and learn about early life in South Kingstown some 250 years ago." Councilwoman Karen Asher said she chose the passage because she felt it was "rather poetic." "We all know the Indians are members of our community. They are our neighbors. They are our friends," said Councilwoman Anna Prager, insisting the reference was not a slur. A tribal spokesman was not immediately available for comment.