Rhode Island History, Language and Culture History of Rhode Island. Rhode Island was first inhabited by Native Americans of the Wampanoag, Narragansett and Ninantic tribes, but the indigenous population started declining through contracted diseases and warfare when the French began to arrive in the area in 1618. Oct 07, 2020 · “As Wampanoag, we are the original people of this land; our culture spans millennia, and contributions to this country have continued even during 400 years of tumult.
In 1972 the “Wampanoag Tribal Council of Gay Head, Inc.” was formed to promote self-determination, to ensure preservation and continuation of Wampanoag history and culture, to achieve federal recognition for the tribe, and to seek the return of tribal lands to the Wampanoag people.
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