Narragansett Tribe marks ninth anniversary of violent state raid
7/13/2012 12:03:24 PM
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) -- The Narragansett Indian tribe plans a ceremony Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of a violent confrontation with state police during a raid on a tribal smoke shop.
"That was a very ugly moment in the history of Rhode Island," says tribal councilman Randy Noka.
The tribe opened the shop on its land in 2003 after a proposal to build a casino failed. It sold cigarettes without collecting state taxes, and then-Gov. Donald Carcieri ordered state police to raid it. The raid spiraled into a brawl, with people injured on both sides and several tribe members, including Noka, arrested.
Noka said the ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in Charlestown, at the shop's former site on Route 2. The public is invited.